March 2024

George proposed three potential films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations have now closed and the winner is In The Heat of the Night (9 votes), which beat Dr Strangelove (2 votes) and 2001 A Space Odyssey (0 votes).

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Friday, 29th March 2024
  • Time: 19:00 for a 19:30 start

Please note that on this occasion and henceforth films will be shown on the last Friday of each month, as opposed to the last Saturday of the month as heretofore.

When the film ends we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion. On the evening we will ask for a €3 contribution to defray the cost of the wine and nibbles. Please note that the contribution has increased from €2 to enable us to cover our costs.

If you would like to vote for two (or even three!) of the proposed films then feel free to do so.

If you are unable to attend the film night then please do not vote.

If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see, or if you haven’t voted but would like to attend anyway, then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 political satire black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers in three roles, including the title character.

The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It separately follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Royal Air Force exchange officer as they attempt to prevent the crew of a B-52 (following orders from the general) from bombing the Soviet Union and starting a nuclear war.

The film is often considered one of the best comedies ever made and one of the greatest films of all time. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked it twenty-sixth in its list of the best American movies, and in 2000, it was listed as number three on its list of the funniest American films.
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American neo-noir mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. It tells the story of Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), a Black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation in a small town in Mississippi.

Released by United Artists in August 1967, the film was a widespread critical and commercial success. At the 40th Academy Awards the film was nominated for seven Oscars, winning five including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Rod Steiger. Quincy Jones’ score, featuring a title song performed by Ray Charles, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In the Heat of the Night is widely-considered one of the most important American films of the 1960s. The quote “They call me Mister Tibbs!” was listed as number 16 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes, a list of top film quotes. The film also appears on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, a list of the 100 greatest movies in American cinema.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke’s 1951 short story “The Sentinel”.

The film is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. Kubrick avoided conventional cinematic and narrative techniques; dialogue is used sparingly, and there are long sequences accompanied only by music. The soundtrack incorporates numerous works of classical music, including pieces by composers such as Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Aram Khachaturian, and György Ligeti.

The film received diverse critical responses, ranging from those who saw it as darkly apocalyptic to those who saw it as an optimistic reappraisal of the hopes of humanity. Critics noted its exploration of themes such as human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Kubrick the award for his direction of the visual effects. The film is now widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

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