This is an archive page, showing what we watched in the 2014 / 15 season, complete with links to videos. film notes etc.

Chinatown (1974)

Drama, Mystery, Thriller; US.

Directed by: Roman Polanski 

Featuring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Description: A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

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IMDB Rating: 8.3 / 10

Screening: Monday 16th June 2014

The Apple

The Apple (1998)

Drama; Iran.

Directed by: Samira Makhmalbaf

Featuring:  Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi

Description: After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

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IMDB Rating: 7.2 / 10

Screening: Monday 21st July 2014

Spirited Away

Spirited Away (2001)

Animation, Adventure; Japan.

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki 

Featuring: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino

Description: In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

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IMDB Rating: 8.6 / 10

Screening: Monday 18th August 2014

Closely Observed Trains

Closely Observed Trains (1966)

Comedy, Drama; Czechoslavakia.

Directed by: Jiri Menzel

Featuring: Vaclav Neckar, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodsky

Description: An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and experiences the feelings associated with it.

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IMDB Rating: 7.8 / 10

Screening: Monday 15th September 2014

NB We are delighted to announce the following as our next film in the breathtaking Ely Cathedral which will be accompanied by a fantastic live organ performance to the film; these evenings have been hugely well-received in the past and we expect the same again!

The Kid Brother (1927)

Comedy, Drama; US.

Directed by: Ted Wilde, J.A. Howe

Featuring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James

Description: The Hickorys are the most important family in Hickoryville, with sheriff Jim and his macho sons Leo and Olin. The meek youngest son, Harold, cannot match their strengths, so he has to use his wits to win the respect of his domineering father and also the love of beautiful Mary.

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IMDB Rating: 7.6 / 10

Screening: Friday 19th September 2014

High Noon

High Noon (1952)

Drama, Western; US.

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Featuring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell

Description: A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

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IMDB Rating: 8.1 / 10

Screening: Monday 20th October 2014

Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire (1987)

Fantasy, Drama, Romance; Germany.

Directed by: Wim Wenders

Featuring: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander

Description: An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

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IMDB Rating: 8.1 / 10

Screening: Monday 17th November  2014

Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Drama; Italy.

Directed by: Vittorio de Sica

Featuring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

Description: A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.

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IMDB Rating: 8.4 / 10

Screening: Monday 15th December 2014

La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion (1937)

Drama, War; France.

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Featuring: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay

Description: During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

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IMDB Rating: 8.2 / 10

Screening: Monday 19th January 2015


Blancanieves (2012)

Drama, Fantasy; Spain.

Directed by: Pablo Berger

Featuring: Maribel Verdu, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Gimenez Cacho

Description: A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centred on a female bullfighter.

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IMDB Rating: 7.5 / 10

Screening: Monday 16th February, 2015 

The Match Factory Girl

The Match Factory Girl (1990)

Drama, Comedy; Finland.

Directed by: Aki Kaurismaki

Featuring: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esco Nikkari

Description: Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster. But when she is made pregnant after a one-night stand by a man who thought she was a prostitute, she decides that enough is enough and plans her revenge...

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IMDB Rating: 7.6 / 10

Screening: Monday 16th March, 2015


Diva (1981)

Thriller; France.

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Featuring: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frederic Andrei, Richard Bohringer 

Description: Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and one very cool philosopher. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish thriller.

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IMDB Rating: 7.4 / 10

Screening: Monday 20th April, 2015

The Exterminating Angel

The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy; Spain. 

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Featuring: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal

Description: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

NB: Ely Film Society's Annual General Meeting will precede this screening.

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IMDB Rating: 8.1 / 10

Screening: Monday 18th May, 2015

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