An archive of the Film Appreciation Close-Ups that have been held during 2011


How To Read a Film: An Introduction

How to Read a FilmCamera angle, lighting, mise-en-scene (costume, props), music, editing and so much more… This session will demonstrate, via a variety of film clips, how these vital elements combine together to produce a complex and dynamic whole and dictate the audience’s response to it. Reading visuals is similar to reading a text and once you have an understanding of the techniques film-makers use, your enjoyment of film will increase tenfold!

Close Reading : Brief Encounter


Close Reading : Atonement


Close Reading : Psycho


The Conversation: For one-night only — come to the pop-up Cinema Café in Shakespeare Barn

The ConversationCome along for a friendly and informal discussion about the films shown so far over the year the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club has been in existence.  During the discussion you will be able to consider many different aspects of film appreciation and, most importantly, the role of the audience!  Wine, juice, canapés, music and projections will create a lively, cinematic and informal atmosphere for discussion.

Close Reading : Blade Runner

Blade RunnerOne of our Summer Season films, The Big Sleep (1946) is a classic example of film noir. Although Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner (1982) comes under the genre futurist/science fiction, it is also a fascinating example of neo-noir. This session will discuss why and how Scott uses the characteristics of film noir to create a tense and stunning vision of life in Los Angeles in 2019 and will also consider how Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis influences the atmosphere of the film.

World Cinema : The Children of Franco in Spanish Cinema

Pans LabyrinthThis session will look at one of the key themes in modern Spanish cinema: the legacy of the Civil War in the Spanish imagination. How did Spanish film makers both within and after the period of dictatorship confront the reality of war; one that both divided its country and erased many of its traces? Focusing on a number of key films, we will consider the importance of the child and childhood perception in representations of both the war and its aftermath; from the end of the Franco era itself, to the last decade and its questions of historical memory and justice. Films to be considered will include:
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Bad Education (2004)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) The Orphanage (2008)


mediathequeFantastic opportunity to visit the British Film Institute (BFI) at the National Film Theatre and the Film and TV Museum — all in London’s lively South Bank.
Visit to the British Film Institute on the South Bank with Introductory talk on the work of the BFI.
Private screening of “The Big Smoke” (archive film from 1896-1845) in NFT2
The Big Smoke explores the forgotten face of the capital with a tantalising tour through half a century of life in this most vibrant of cities. Experience London life in a bygone age, from the bustle of the Victorian commute to the ordeal of the Blitz, with this programme of silent films from the BFI National Archive — brought to dazzling life with a newly-commissioned score and featuring a selection of treasures from the Imperial War Museum and London’s Screen Archives.
Visit to the Film and TV Museum (South Bank) — 50 minute guided tour followed by free time in the museum.
There will be time for lunch at one of the many and varied restaurants on the South Bank (not included in the price of the day) and also an opportunity to explore the BFI shop and the Mediatheque (digital film archive).

Day School — Shakespeare on Film

HamletThis day school will consider the lasting appeal of Shakespeare, particularly with regard to universal themes and their relevance to contemporary cinema audiences. Is Richard III a classic gangster story? Is Hamlet merely a Freudian soap opera? Find the answers to these questions and more as we examine heroes, anti-heroes and action heroes in a wide range of Shakespearian adaptations including Branagh, Zeffirelli and Olivier’s versions of Hamlet, Akira Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well (a film noir version of Hamlet), Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Last Action Hero, Loncraine and Pacino’s adaptations of Richard III and seminal gangster film White Heat.

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