David Lean screens Kubrick classic to mark Armistice Day

The David Lean Cinema will mark Armistice Day on November 11 in this centenary year of the start of World War I by screening one of the most powerful and influential anti-war movies ever made.

Kirk Douglas stars in the classic anti-war movie Paths of Glory

Kirk Douglas stars in the classic anti-war movie Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, starring Kirk Douglas, is getting a special Tuesday night screening at the art house cinema in the Croydon Clocktower to mark the ever-poignant eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Though this 1958 classic is shot in black and white, it is a vivid portrayal of life in the French army during World War I, dealing with issues of bravery and fear, ambition and justice, military discipline and human decency.

The critic Barry Norman included it in his 101 best films of all-time, saying, “For me, this is Stanley Kubrick’s most powerful film and Kirk Douglas’s best, too. The picture is indeed so powerful that it was banned in France for many years… It’s a nail-biting, totally believable and uncompromising story.”

Norman’s review also says that it is “superbly executed”. We think he means the film-making.

The regular weekly screenings by the Save the David Lean Cinema campaigners continue to prove very popular – so much so that October’s programme saw it stage an additional showing of Belle, when the first two screenings sold-out.

effie grayAccording to campaign chairman Adrian Winchester, November’s programme could be the campaign’s most attractive so far.

The highlights include Ida on November 13, a powerful drama centred on a novice nun, set in Poland in 1962 and beautifully shot in black and white. It was awarded Best Film at the London Film Festival last year.

Effie Gray on November 20 tells the story of John Ruskin’s marriage to Effie. Ruskin was the leading Victorian art critic and a prominent social thinker, philanthropist and painter, with strong links to south London, including Croydon.

To be added to the Campaign’s membership list, please email savedavidlean@gmail.com.

  • Tickets for all screenings are £7.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6.
  • Bookings can be made  via TicketSource 

David Lean Cinema November programme

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

Thu Nov 6 TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (15)
2014 Belgium/Italy 95min (subtitled) Directors: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rontigione. When Sandra (Cotillard) is away from work, her company realises it can cope without her if they pay everyone else a bit more. Over the course of a weekend, she visits all 16 colleagues to persuade them to vote for her to stay. A fascinating and affecting story; Cotillard’s performance has been universally praised.

Tue Nov 11 (7.30pm only) PATHS OF GLORY (PG)
1957 USA 88min Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Meek, George Macready. Acknowledged as an all-time classic, and restored and re-released earlier this year, Paths of Glory is screened by the David Lean Cinema to mark Armistice Day. A World War I French colonel tries to defend three soldiers against charges of cowardice for refusing to continue a suicidal attack.

Thu Nov 13 IDA (12A)
2013 Poland/Denmark 82 mins (subtitled) Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik. In Poland in 1962, an 18-year-old novice nun is sent out into the world to meet her aunt and discover her family’s past. With stunning monochrome cinematography, and superb contrasting lead performances, this “compact masterpiece” (New Yorker) is “immaculate… suffused with the ache of loss but streaked with hope and humour” (Evening Standard). Awarded Best Film at the 2013 London Film Festival.

Thu Nov 20 EFFIE GRAY (12A)
2014 UK 100min Director: Richard Laxton
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson. Nineteen-year-old Effie Gray (Fanning) marries art critic John Ruskin (Wise), 10 years her senior. While he’s distant and her parents are hostile, the prospect of happiness eventually presents itself. With a powerful script by Emma Thompson, this is beautifully acted and photographed, with scenes in Venice and the Scottish Highlands.

Sat Nov 22 (2.30pm only) LILTING (15)
2014 UK 86min Director: Hong Khaou
Starring: Pei-pei Chang, Ben Whishaw, Andrew Leung. As a Chinese mother in London mourns the death of her son, she is visited by an English stranger. This “affecting, intelligent” (The Guardian) film explores their connection in the absence of a common language.

Thu Nov 27 WAKOLDA (15)
2013 Argentina / Spain / Norway / France 93min (subtitled) Director: Lucía Puenzo
Starring: Alex Brendemühl, Natalie Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Florencia Bado. Argentina, 1960. A family entrust the care of their sickly daughter to a German doctor, unaware of his terrible background. “A chilling, original tale” (Hollywood Reporter) with “the muscular force of a Forsythian thriller” (The Guardian).


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