21st March. THE GREEN MAN, (1956) Dir: Basil Dearden & Robert Day. Cert PG

21st March. THE GREEN MAN, (1956) Dir: Basil Dearden & Robert Day. Cert PG

This film was written and produced by the Launder & Gilliat team. Unknown to his neighbours, watchmaker Hawkins (ALISTAIR SIM) is actually a professional hired assassin with a talent for killing his victims with bombs. After disposing of a dictator and a millionaire, Hawkins is assigned to kill a politician who is visiting a remote hotel, the GREEN MAN, for a secret tryst with his secretary. There, however, the plot is discovered by vacuum cleaner salesman, GEORGE COLE, who is determined to stop him. This is a black comedy in the Ealing style and includes guests at the hotel such as TERRY THOMAS, RAYMOND HUNTLEY, DORA BRYAN, AVRIL ANGERS and many others.

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25th April MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT, 2000. Dir: Claude Chabrol. Cert 15. Sub titles

25th April MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT, 2000. Dir: Claude Chabrol. Cert 15. Sub titles

Based on the story The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong, this film stars ISABELLE HUPPERT as Marie-Claire Muller (known as ‘Mika’) the wife and ex-wife of famous pianist Andre Polonski (JACQUES DUTRONC). Re-marrying after a gap of 18 years, the couple move into Mika’s vast, gothic mansion in Lausanne, paid for with the profits from her family’s chocolate factory. Into the family home comes Jeanne, a music student, who says she wants to play the piano with Andre (the celebrated pianist) who takes a keen interest in her. Meanwhile, Mika keeps serving hot chocolate. Is Mika putting poison into the chocolate and, if so, who are her intended victims? This is one of the psychological thrillers for which Claude Chabrol is renowned.

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