Thursday 11th January 7.30pm
Feature — (2012) — 111 mins — Cert 12
Contains a moderate sex scene
Director: Régis Roinsard
Cast includes Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Miou Miou
Spring, 1958: 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift — she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn’t always mix well with love itself.
The typewriter Rose uses in the shop is an Adler Triumph, a European model which uses the ‘AZERTY’ keyboard, a popular style used especially among European-based French speakers (as opposed to the English QWERTY). Switzerland and Luxembourg use a variant called ‘QWERTZ’.
The golf-ball shaped Selectric element drawn by Louis and shown at the end of the movie was patented by Leon E Palmer of IBM in 1957. Leon was not French, the rounded shaped was indeed his idea, and he even patented 19 other items for the Selectric.
Sunday 28th January 3.30pm - POST-FILM MEAL
Comedy, Drama, Romance — (1953) — 103 mins — Cert U
Director: David Lean
Cast includes Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales, Richard Wattis, John Laurie
Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker’s shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to run the lives of his three unruly daughters. When he decrees ‘no marriages’ to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson’s star bootmaker. Maggie and Will leave to start up in competition, and she then turns her mind to helping her sisters marry their chosen partners.
In the middle of the movie, Henry Hobson staggers drunk out of his favourite bar, The Moonrakers, and pursues the full moon’s reflection in a puddle. This is likely an allusion to the legend of the Wiltshire moonrakers. An exciseman caught smugglers using rakes to retrieve barrels of contraband brandy hidden in a pond, but they explained they were after a wheel of cheese, pointing to the reflected moon; so the exciseman laughed at them and left them in peace.
John Mills was only nine years younger than Charles Laughton.
The original Broadway production of “Hobson’s Choice” by Harold Brighouse opened at the Princess Theatre on 2nd November, 1915 and ran for 135 performances. The play moved to the Comedy Theatre during the first month.
Although playing a 30-year-old, Brenda de Banzie was actually 45.
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