Occasional Cinema

A Canterbury Tale

Powell and Pressburger  UK  1944  124  U  Drama, comedy, war     Black and White

During WW2 a ‘Land Girl’, an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury in this multilayered, erudite and passionate exploration of England’s national character which examines English country life, the Englishman’s love for nature, the idiosyncrasies, the distrust of foreigners, the ‘pubbing’, the resilience, the faith in institutions (the church, the gentry) and so on.

A gentle gem that defies description It’s easy enough to say what it *isn’t*: it’s not a detective story and it’s certainly not a thriller, despite the fact that it nominally revolves around an unsolved crime. It’s not a war-story, although it is set immediately before D-Day and the main characters are intimately involved in the war effort. It’s not quite a romance. And it’s not the Chaucerian epic one might be led to expect by the title and the opening scene – although by the end, the pilgrimage allusions turn out to be rather more strangely apt then they at first appear.

Occasional Cinema is a film society run by volunteers. Films are shown at  Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor on the fourth Thursday of the month and unless stated otherwise start sometime after 7.30pm. We do not generally show films during the summer.

Membership is available on the door for a cost of £5; the first film is free; after this entrance for the film is £3.00.

Food is available from 6.30pm and a sophisticated clientele enjoy the wholesome food, reasonable price (£11 for two courses) and excellent atmosphere.  Please make reservations for any meals AT LEAST 24HOURS IN ADVANCE – Blue Sky 01248 355444. You can’t book a seat for the film only, which is on a first come first served basis. If you want to guarantee a seat you must book a meal. 

MENU – Lamb stew or veggy stew with pickled red cabbage and soda bread DESSERT Apple pie and cream