The finest songs from the master of the modern chanson, Jacques Brel, come to life when this trio of singers perform their revue, ‘Alive and Brel’. Brel’s music, famed for its emotional power and ironic wit, has been recorded by international stars ranging from Frank Sinatra and Dusty Springfield to David Bowie and Marc Almond. The show features popular hits such as If You Go Away/Ne me quitte pas, Jacky and Amsterdam. These songs, which are laced with dark and passionate observations and paint a tableau of imperfect humanity, will be performed in the intimate setting of the Coach House[...]
Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered[...]
Aviator André Jurieux has just completed a record-setting flight, but is very unhappy that Christine did not come to meet him. André is in love with her, but she is married to aristocrat Robert de la Cheynies. He though, is involved in an affair with Geneviève de Marras, but trying to break it off. André’s friend, Octave, gets him an invitation to the country home where Robert and Christine are hosting a party. The guests’ cordial greetings however hide their real feelings and secrets, and even some of the servants become involved in the tangled relationships. Village Voice Film[...]
During WW I, two French officers, Captain De Boeldieu and Lieutenant Marechal are shot down and captured by Captain von Rauffenstein. The former is an aristocrat while Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They are ultimately held in a converted fortress commanded by the aristocrat von Rauffenstein but treated differently because of their station. De Boeldieu develops a good relationship with Rauffenstein, but Marechal and fellow prisoner Rosenthal, not receiving aristocracy privileges, long to escape. National Board of Review, USA 1938: Best French film, top foreign film, best actor – Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin.
The film follows the generally harmless misadventures of a lovable, gauche Frenchman, Monsieur Hulot, as he joins the newly emerging holiday-taking classes, for a summer vacation at a modest seaside resort. But accidents and misunderstandings always follow him wherever he goes. The peace and quiet of the hotel guests doesn’t last very long with M. Hulot around, because although his intentions are good, things always end catastrophically. National Board of Review, USA 1954: Top foreign film. Prix Louis Delluc 1953: Jaques Tati.
Jean is a deserter who arrives at night at Le Havre, looking to leave the country. He obtains some civilian clothes, a little bit of money and a passport (and also finds a dog). He also meets Nelly, a 17-year-old who’s grown up too fast. She’s the object of lust for men, including boyfriend Maurice, her supposed protector Zabel, and Lucien, a local hood. jean falls for her, faces down Lucien, and helps give Nelly the courage to stand on her own feet. A ship is leaving for Venezuela, can at least one of them be on it, or is[...]