Friday Film Club
In DECEMBER, we look at absolute power and how it corrupts, as we go from The Death of Stalin to the Classic Citizen Kane.
We close out the year with how a little tyrant named Scrooge can be redeemed in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; and selected the 1951 Alastair Sim version – still considered the best!
Films are shown Friday Afternoon at 1 PM in our upstairs theater for adults 18 & up.
Hot Tea, Pastries & Popcorn served and discussion after all movies.
DECEMBER 7 @ 1 PM: The Death of Stalin
Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Most of us will know that Nikita Khrushchev will somehow win his battle for power against the secret service boss Lavrentiy Beria. But getting there is suspenseful enough to make this the rare satire that never wears out its welcome as the Keystone Cops try to find the ailing Stalin a doctor – Beria’s thugs have killed all the good ones – and then plan his state funeral.
When absolute power corrupts absolutely, who is left to run the Soviet Union?
DECEMBER 14 @ 1 PM: Citizen Kane
The film was based on the life of another strident and megalomaniacal magnate, William Randolph Hearst, and it told the sad story of the corrupting influence of vast wealth. Welles later said he meant it as a cautionary tale about this American type. “I must admit that it was intended consciously as a sort of social document, as an attack on the acquisitive society—and indeed on acquisition in general,” Welles told the BBC in 1960.
DECEMBER 21 @ 1 PM: A Christmas Carol
Alastair Sim’s tour-de-force performance as the ultimate miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has almost single-handedly made this beloved version of Charles Dickens’ story into one of the best-loved Christmas films of all time. Some of Britain’s best filmmakers united behind Sim, who was joined by a delightful cast of accomplished and acclaimed English actors; creating what many today believe to be the best and most faithful production of Dickens’ immortal tale. Cranky and curmudgeonly Scrooge learns the error of his unkind ways and is taught the true meaning of the holidays when he is visited by the ghost of his late business partner and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future.