Close-Ups Events
These events are enjoyable, informal and sociable with no prior knowledge of the films necessary and opportunities to gain insights into many different aspects of film via a combination of input, informal discussion and a variety of fascinating film clips.

  Film Close-Ups
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  Thursday 9th December 6.30pm – PRE-FILM SOCIAL EVENT
  Thursday 17th February 7.30pm – WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING – THE MGM MUSICAL



Join us for a complimentary glass of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie or stollen before the film screening of White Christmas

Thursday 9th December 6:30 pm
Venue: Nightingale Bar at Ferry Lane Social Club

To allow fellow members to feel safe, unless exempt, we would prefer that you wear a face covering when collecting your food and drink and moving around the venue.

Looking forward to seeing you.


What a Glorious Feeling!
The MGM Musical

Thursday 17th February 2022   7:30 pm
Venue: Nightingale Bar at Ferry Lane Social Club
Speaker — Nigel Herwin

When you think of Hollywood musicals, those made by MGM during the 1940s and 50s are the ones that immediately spring to mind.   From Judy Garland yearning for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to Gene Kelly “Singin’ in the Rain”, MGM ruled the box-office with their combination of brilliant Technicolor, lavish production values and great songs sung by stars at the peak of their powers.   This examination and celebration of the MGM musical will explore how these memorable moments were created, paying particular attention to the films produced by Arthur Freed, along with the notable directors, themes and routines of the greatest movies ever made.

Among the films to be examined are:
The Broadway Melody (Harry Beaumont, 1929)
The Wizard of Oz (Mervyn LeRoy, 1939)
Meet Me in St Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
The Pirate (Vincente Minnelli, 1948)
On the Town (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1949)
An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951)
Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952)
The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen, 1954)
Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958)


In The Wake of Easy Rider —
Universal Pictures
and the Ned Tanen Unit

Thursday 24th March 2022   7pm
Venue: Nightingale Bar at Ferry Lane Social Club
Speaker — Christopher Budd

As the 1960s became the 1970s, studio heads were confused.   Just how had Midnight Cowboy and Easy Rider — films which they didn’t understand — become such critical and commercial hits? In pursuit of the hippie dollar, the savvy executives at Universal came up with an idea to embrace independent film makers on their own terms.   Join Christopher Budd with a handful of films that were supposed to provide maximum bang for minimum bucks but might just have kickstarted the New Hollywood.

The eight films overseen by the the Tanen unit that I’m going to show are:
Diary Of A Mad Housewife (1970) d Frank Perry
Taking Off (1971) d Miloš Forman
The Last Movie (1971) d Dennis Hopper
The Hired Hand (1971) d Peter Fonda
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Monte Hellman
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) John Cassavetes
Silent Running (1972) d Douglas Trumbull
American Graffiti (1973) d George Lucas
and of course we’ll look at a tiny bit of Easy Rider (1969) d Dennis Hopper

It’s certainly not a requirement for the group to have seen any of the movies and they may find some of them hard to get hold of — Diary of a Mad Housewife, for example, has never had a UK release of any sort.   But you’ll see a bit of it on the night .



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