Friday 28th October at 7.45pm COMEDIAN HARMONISTS Dir: Joseph Vilsmaier , Germany, 1997, 126 mins. Cast: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Katja Riemann.

Berlin in 1928: In this real life story, young actor and musician Harry Frommermann publishes an advertisement in a newspaper and soon has formed a group out of singers Robert Biberti, Erich Collin, Ari Leschnikoff and Roman Cyckowski as well as pianist Erwin Bootz. The Comedian Harmonists eventually achieve huge popularity, success and wealth in Germany, Europe and the United States. The group’s trademark are not only brilliant singing performances – their talent to imitate music instruments gives the impression of listening to a whole orchestra. At first blithely unaware – reality hits as the Nazis gain power – three of the group’s members are Jewish. Very entertaining, very moving and brilliantly acted.

For more information see:
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19990319/REVIEWS/903190302/1023

If you are not yet a member non-members are welcome to come along for single shows: £6.50 (concessions £5.50).

All the Society’s screenings are on Friday evenings at The Brook, Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent ME4 4SE, near the Pentagon shopping centre and just 10 minutes walk from Chatham railway station.

More information and updates at: http://www.medwayfilm.org.uk or contact Caroline Reed, 020 7638 0012 or 07971 953137 and don’t forget on Friday 25th November at 7.45pm we have:

ANGEL FACE Dir: Otto Preminger, USA, 1952, 91 mins. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman.

Set among the Beverly Hills jet set, but starring Mitchum as an ambulance-driving mechanic, this intense Freudian melodrama is one of the forgotten masterworks of film noir – a disturbingly cool investigation of the terrors of sexuality. The sets, characters, and actions are extremely stylized, yet Preminger’s moving camera gives them a frightening unity and fluidity, tracing a straight, clean line to a cliff top for one of the most audacious endings in film history.

http://www.noripcord.com/reviews/film/angel-face

+ PARADE Dir: Charles and Ray Eames, USA, 1952, 20 mins. The Eames’ large collection of children’s toys stage an animated circus parade

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