Initially, we planned to return from the pandemic with a programme of favourites or perhaps some great films that regrettably did not make the cut for past programmes. With things in Ukraine gathering pace at the end of February we quickly cobbled together this assemblage of antiwar films. So, from horrific to the heartfelt, art film to comedy, high metaphor to harrowing realism – here are five very different films that offer an antiwar perspective.
Thursday, March 3 2022 |The Great Dictator USA 1940 d. Charlie Chaplin with Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Henry Daniell, Reginald Gardiner, Billy Gilbert and Maurice Moscovich. Black and white. 125 m
Thursday March 10 2022 |Fear and Desire USA 1953 d. Stanley Kubrick with Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky , Kenneth Harp, Steve Coit and Virginia Leith. Black and white. 61 m. Preceded by Keep Your Mouth Shut Canada 1944 and Neighbours Canada 1952 both d. Norman McLaren 10 m
Thursday March 17 2022 |Hiroshima, mon amour France 1959 d. Alain Resnais with Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Bernard Fresson, Stella Dassas and Pierre Barbaud. In French with English subtitles. Black and white. 90 m
Thursday March 24 2022 | King of Hearts France 1966 d. Philippe de Broca with Jacques Balutin, Alan Bates, Daniel Boulanger, Pierre Brasseur, Jean-Claude Brialy and Geneviève Bujold. In Frecnch, German and English with English subtitles. Colour. 103 m
Thursday,March 31 2022 | Skammen aka Shame Sweden 1968 d. Ingmar Bergman with Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Sigge Fürst, Gunnar Björnstrand, Sigge Fürst, Birgitta Valberg and Ulf Johansson. Black and white. In Swedish with English subtitles. 103 m