If you love cinema and want to know more about it, look no further than The Avenue Club. Here is a film course for all those who love watching and reading about films, and who want to understand more about the history of the cinema. Where it all began to where it is now, from Pinewood to Hollywood, from France to Japan: key films, genres and film movements such as German expressionism, Italian neorealism, French and British new waves as well as old and new Hollywood. All Film Clubs take place at 1.30pm at The Avenue Club in The Alexandra Hall.
Tuesday 9th January – A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (1946) Held over from December. The opening scenes are among the most audacious and moving ever filmed by cinematic magicians Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger as an RAF pilot must jump from his burning plane—without a parachute. This is their finest achievement and one of the greatest and most deliriously romantic fantasies to ever hit the big screen. (JW).
Tuesday 16th January – BARBIE (2023) Ken & Barbie must leave Barbieland and face real, contemporary life just as Dorothy had to leave Oz and return to..Richmond. The biggest film of 2023.
Tuesday 23rd January – OPPENHEIMER (2023) – the life of the father of the bomb is about the unforeseen impact of decisions made by individuals and societies. The editing illustrates it by constantly re-framing our perception of an event to change its meaning and expand our sense of why a character did something, or whether they even knew why they did it. PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME OF THIS FILM IS 12.15PM.
Tuesday 30th January – PAST LIVES (2023) Refreshing reinvention of the ‘romance genre ’rejects current trends of postmodern cynicism and allows us to discover feelings we didn’t realize we had. This is a gorgeous, entertaining film that deserves all the attention and is possibly a future classic.
About the instructor
John Wischmeyer teaches courses on cinema at City Literary Institute in Covent Garden and at the BFI South Bank. He ran his own cinema in West London, treating it as part of the community and showing new and independent work where possible. He has been teaching since 1999. His first course was about Hitchcock’s centenary year. He continues to teach on a wide variety of subjects including Southern Gothic, Contemporary and Current Cinema, Film Noir and Neorealism, Masters of Cinema (David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers) and French New Wave.