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About Splendid Cinema

We are an independent film society run out of the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH). We screen contemporary world cinema releases which have not played commercially in either of our two multiplexes. We also, in particular, are interested in locally produced independent films where the director (or other cast or crew members) attend for a Q&A with our audience. Our screenings are approximately every other Sunday; box office opens at 7:00pm and the screenings start at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are £5 on the door.

Wuthering Heights (2011, Andrea Arnold) 15 cert

16 July, 2012 @ The Swan Theatre, Worcester

Splendid Cinema, in co-operation with WorcesterLive, return for the final film of our summer series, acclaimed British director Andrea Arnold‘s controversial Wuthering Heights

Based on the 1847 novel by Emily BronteWuthering Heights tells doomed love story of Catherine Earnshaw (played by Kaya Scodelario) and her dark lover Heathcliff (James Howson – in his film debut).

Andrea Arnold’s highly controversial adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic Gothic novel, which had been in ‘development hell’ for several years, with a variety of different directors and actors attached to the project. Director Arnold has always been uncompromising in her films, from 2006’s Red Road & 2009’s Fish Tank, and with Wuthering Heights she has crafted a remarkable film that’s sure to generate some discussions, particularly with Bronte purists.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

Wuthering Heights is screening on 16 July at 7:30 PM at the Swan Theatre. This film is rated 15.

Tickets are £5 (£4 concessions) through the Swan Theatre box office:

http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453056781

Splendid Cinema returns to the Worcester Arts Workshop in September with its new autumn season. Films to watch out for include David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Takeshi Miike’s latest samurai epic, Hara-Kiri, the wonderful Cuban animated film Chico & Rita, as well as Luc Besson’s inspirational biofilm of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady. Watch this space for further details.

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Gainsbourg (Joann Sfar, 2010), 25 June @ The Swan Theatre

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Splendid Cinema’s second special screening in cooperation with WorcesterLive at the Swan Theatre is Joann Sfar‘s brilliant biopic, Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (2010) on 25 June.

Based on the director’s own graphic novel, Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), explores the life and career of French music’s enfant terrible, Serge Gainsbourg, who is probably most famous for his duets with lovers Brigid Bardot and Jane Birkin. Songs such as ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ (with Bardot) and ‘Je t’aime… moi non plus‘ (with Birkin) were signature tunes of late-1960s European Jet-Set culture.

Eric Elmosnino gives a remarkable performance as Gainsbourg which won the Best Actor statute at the annual Cesar Awards (France’s Oscars). The film also won the Best First Feature award for writer/director Sfar.  The gorgeous Laetitia Casta plays French superstar Bardot and the late Lucy Gordon as Birkin.

Here is the trailer for the film:

Gainsbourg is screening on 25 June at 7:30 PM at the Swan Theatre. This film is rated 15.

Tickets are £5 (£4 concessions) through the Swan Theatre box office: http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453056766

Our next film will be screened at the Swan on

16 July: Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011) rated 15Français : Serge Gainsbourg

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The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar, 2011) 15 cert.

In a change to the previously announced schedule, Splendid Cinema winds up our very successful 2011/12 year with a screening of Pedro Almodovar‘s recent film The Skin I Live In/La piel que habito on 20 May, 2012 at the Worcester Arts Workshop.

The Skin I Live In reunites the great Almodovar with Hollywood superstar Antonio Banderas. The two had worked together regularly in the 1980s, ostensibly one making a star of the other, in films like Labyrinth of Passion/Laberinto de pasiones  (1982), Matador (1986), Law of Desire (1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990).

Almodovar’s latest film is both an art-house meditation on the relationship between science and the scientist’s ego and, by the time we get to the film’s conclusion, a highly compelling horror-science fiction flick. Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a highly respected plastic surgeon who is well on his way to developing synthetic  human skin and the gorgeous Elena Anya plays Ledgard’s enigmatic patient who seems to be both the famed doctor’s inspiration and prisoner.

Included into the mix is the array of typical Almodovar characters and gender-bending exploration which have identified his cinema since the very beginning.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Tickets are £5 on the door. Box office opens at 7:00, and the film starts at 7:30. Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat. For more information on any our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk or look us on Facebook.

 

The Skin I Live In/La piel que habito (Spain, 2011, Pedro Almodovar) 115 min. 15 cert.

20 May, 2012 @ 19:30

Tickets £5 on the door

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

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The Genie Awards (Canada’s Oscars) on 8 March

 On Thursday night, the Canadian Genie Awards are presented.

I’ve not managed to see ANY of these films, but maybe we’ll launch our Fall season with the new Cronenberg film, A Dangerous Method?

Details of the awards and the full list of nominations can be found here: http://www.genieawards.ca

Mortensen, Fassbender, Cassel & Cronenberg? I can’t wait!

Here’s the trailer

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Splendid Cinema under threat from public apathy

http://www.worcesterstandard.co.uk/2012/03/02/news-Closing-credits-could-roll-unless-you-support-us,-warns-cinema-31756.html

From the Worcester Standard, 1 March, 2012

by Tim Clarke

THE ORGANISER of Worcester’s only independent cinema has warned movie-lovers it could be forced to close unless dwindling audiences begin to pick-up.

Mikel Koven said the Splendid Cinema had witnessed a steady drop in the number of people attending its monthly screenings in the Worcester Arts Workshop (WAW).

At its peak the cinema was seeing audiences of about 35 people but support has started to fall away and last month’s screening of the film Outrage, by cult Japanese director Takeshi Kitano, attracted only ten people.

The film society only needs an audience of about 20 people to cover the cost of showing each movie and Mr Koven believes there is still an appetite for critically acclaimed independent films from world cinema.

But Mr Koven, who is course leader of Film Studies at the University of Worcester, said he feared the WAW would eventually pull the plug on the cinema if it continued to lose money.

“I think the biggest obstacle we are facing is apathy and that’s the one thing we can’t fight,” he said.

“This is really about people standing up for independent cinema in Worcester but it’s remarkable what a cultural desert we can be. I think there is a small appetite for it but that is good enough for us at the WAW. We are not trying to sell out the Swan Theatre or anything like that. But if we lost the Splendid Cinema it would mean people having to go to Birmingham or just making do with the mainstream films being shown at the Odeon or Vue.”

The cinema’s current season continues with the acclaimed French farce Potiche (15) on Sunday, March 11 at 7.30pm, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, ahead of the screening of Paddy Considine‘s feature film Tyrannosaur (18) on March 25.

Tickets cost £5 for each film and for more information on The Splendid Cinema visit the group on Facebook or email splendidcinema@live.co.uk

Read more: Closing credits could roll unless you support us, warns cinema | Worcester Standard

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Films in March

In March, Splendid Cinema has two great film offerings for you!

Remember those Orange ads last year where the Orange team re-subtitled a some French farce with Depardieu & Deneuve? Well, on 11 March, Splendid Cinema is pleased as punch to be screening that film, Potiche, directed by the great François Ozon!

11 March, 2012: Potiche (François Ozon, 2010, France) 15 cert.
Marvellous French farce starring the radiant Catherine Deneuve as the ‘trophy wife’ who takes over the umbrella factory her family started when her husband is taken ill. Putting down a strike at the factory with common sense and decency, Deneuve starts to rekindle her old flame with the Assistant Mayor, played to comic perfection by Gérard Depardieu. In French with English subtitles.

Here’s the trailer…

We follow Ozon’s delightfully frothy Marxist farce with the remarkable directorial début of actor/writer (and Stoke’s own!) Paddy Considine in the gritty, powerful and utterly brilliant, Tyrannosaur.

25 March, 2012: Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine, 2011, UK) 18 cert.
Staffordshire-born Paddy Considine’s feature film debut is a powerful and violent tale of revenge and redemption that many are hailing as the best British film of 2011. Much like the films of Shane Meadows, whom Considine worked with on Dead Man’s Shoes, Tyrannosaur is part of the New Midlands Brutality film movement. This is a film not to be missed.

And here is the trailer …

… and coming up:

Rutger Hauer paints up a storm playing Pieter Breugel the Elder in The Mill & the Cross, and then we go all Nordic Noir with the Swedish blockbuster, Snabba Cash. Details to follow!

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Welcome to Splendid Cinema!

Greetings Blogosphere!

This is the Blog for Worcester’s own Splendid Cinema

We are an independent film society run out of the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH). We screen contemporary world cinema releases which have not played commercially in either of our two multiplexes.  We also, in particular, are interested in locally produced independent films where the director (or other cast or crew members) attend for a Q&A with our audience.

Our screenings are approximately every other Sunday; box office opens at 7:00pm and the screenings start at 7:30pm.

Ticket prices are £5 on the door.

For more information, please email us at splendidcinema@live.co.uk

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