You were never lovelier

Opening Night: You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Doors open 7:15pm, Screening starts 8pm, Friday 3 February

Year: 1942
Running Time: 97 mins
Director: William A. Seiter
Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks
Cert: U
You Were Never Lovelier 

We’re heading down to Argentina for this romantic musical comedy starring dance legend Fred Astaire and the iconic Rita Hayworth

This clever cocktail of humour, romance and stylish musical numbers features music from composer Jerome Kern (Ol’ Man River, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Way You Look Tonight) and lyricist Johnny Mercer (Jeepers Creepers, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, Moon River) in a sparkling digital restoration.

Astaire plays Robert Davies, a dancer who likes to have a flutter on the horses. After losing his money gambling, he looks for a job in a Buenos Aires nightclub and is soon pulled into the middle of an elaborate scheme where he falls for Maria – the club owner’s daughter played by Hayworth.

There are intrigues a-plenty as Maria mistakes Robert for a fictional admirer concocted by her meddlesome father, but how long can they keep up the charade when love is on the cards?

Released in 1942, this lavish production must have provided much needed escapism from the war, set in a far-away location with infectious Latin sounds from Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra, beautiful costumes and a heavy dose of Hollywood glamour.

Hayworth is a beautiful dancer, gracefully keeping step with Astaire, who said in his autobiography that she was his favourite dancing partner. Whether a romantic, graceful waltz or a high-energy tap routine the dance numbers are exceptional and promise to keep your toes tapping all night long!

Dance Party!

Make sure that you wear your dancing shoes as we’re holding a swing dance party after the screening in the Grand Foyer with live dance band the Billionaires.

Tickets are available online now.

Standard Ticket £10:

  • Cocktail on arrival
  • Film Screening in Opera House

VIP ticket £15:

  • Cocktail on arrival
  • Film Screening in Opera House
  • Entry to the 1940s swing dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and lindy hop dance

This is a fundraising event to restore the 35mm film projectors in the Opera House.

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Derham Lounge
Time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £5

Young Frankenstein

Year: 1974  Running Time: 106

Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Gene Hackman, Richard Haydn, Teri Garr, Liam Dunn, Danny Goldman, Oscar Beregi, Richard Roth, Mel Brooks
Cert: PG

Genre: Comedy

A nostalgic, hilarious spoof-tribute to classic horror films, and in particular, of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. It was shot in the same castle and with the same props and lab equipment as the original 1931 Frankenstein film.

Dr. Frankenstein aims to fulfil his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from servant Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancée Elizabeth, his experiment yields success and unexpected consequences.

Young Frankenstein received two Academy Awards nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound. Watch out for the wonderfully crisp black-and-white cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld too.

We’re ending the Winter Gardens Film Festival on a high with a real riot of a film. It has a range of slapstick and farce to dirty, bawdy humour to irreverent satire. Something for everyone!

Take a look at the Facebook event.

Tickets are available from the Winter Gardens Box Office, Church Street or online via Ticketmaster (booking fee applies).

 

Young Frankenstein trailer

Frances Ha (2013)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Derham Lounge
Time: 5:30pm

Tickets: £5

Frances Ha

Year: 2013  Running Time: 86
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Cert: 15
Genre: Comedy, Drama

Greta Gerwig is Frances, a young woman in New York trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and her close but changing relationship with her best friend, Sophie.

Written by Baumbach and Gerwig, Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next. Witty and carefree, this sparkling city romance is a fine example of contemporary independent American cinema.

Frances Ha Trailer

Frances Ha – Official Theatrical Trailer from IFC Films on Vimeo.

Take a look at the Facebook event.

Tickets are available from the Winter Gardens Box Office, Church Street or online via Ticketmaster (booking fee applies).

Modern Times (1936)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Baronial Hall
Time: 3:30pm

Tickets: £5

Modern Times

Year: 1936  Running Time: 87
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
Cert: U
Genre: Comedy

Over 100 years since his most famous character The Little Tramp appeared on screen and 112 years since Charlie Chaplin appeared on stage at the Winter Gardens,  we are screening his classic comedy Modern Times.

Featuring several of the most celebrated sequences in comic cinema and a musical score written by Chaplin himself, this is a cutting satire of the Great Depression and the dehumanising effects of industrial development.

Paulette Goddard stars as The Gamin who joins the Little Tramp in escaping from the big city. Feel like escaping modern life?  This film is as engaging today as 80 years ago.

Sing As We Go (1934)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Baronial Hall
Time: 1:45pm

Tickets: £5

Sing As We Go

Year: 1934  Running Time: 80
Director: Basil Dean
Starring: Gracie Fields, John Loder, Dorothy Hyson
Cert: U
Genre: Comedy

When the textile mill closes, putting her out of work, Gracie finds herself experiencing all of the amusements of Blackpool.

The most famous and fondly recalled of Gracie Fields’ British vehicles, Sing as We Go! captures vividly the sights, sounds, slang, customs and attitudes of the working classes in 1930s industrial Lancashire, while at the same time conveying a genuine sense of joyousness and delight.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 9pm

Tickets: £5

Carnival of Souls

Year: 1962  Running Time: 79
Director: Herk Harvey
Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger
Cert: 15
Genre: Horror, B-Movie

Carnival of Souls is a strange, atmospheric and unforgettable horror film. It focuses on a young church organist Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) who is haunted by visions of a ghoulish netherworld after surviving what appears to be certain death when a car in which she is a passenger, plunges over the edge of a bridge into the river below.

Mary begins a new life in a sleepy Utah town, home to a derelict carnival and dancehall. Still struggling in the aftermath of her accident, she is haunted by an enigmatic figure that slips inside her dreams and calls her to the ruins of the former pleasure ground – about which the local Mormon congregation know more than they choose to reveal.

If you like this, you may also be interested in the Carnival of Souls Cinema in the Dark event.

Ida (2014)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Grundy Art Gallery
Time: 2pm

Tickets: £3.50

Ida

Year: 2014  Running Time: 82
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Cert: 12A
Genre: Drama
Language: Polish

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes the breathtakingly beautiful, Oscar-winning Ida. A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human.

Awards

  •   2014 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
  •   2015 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
  •   2015 BAFTA winner for Best Film Not in the English Language
  •   2014 European Film Awards winner – European Film
  •   2014 European Film Awards winner – European Director

 

This film has been selected to compliment the exhibition Companions, which is also on display at the Grundy Art Gallery (free admission).

Tickets

Tickets available online via Brown Paper Tickets (there is a service fee) or at face value from the Grundy Art Gallery reception from Saturday 9 January.

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 7pm

Tickets: £5

Much Ado About Nothing

Year: 2013  Running Time: 109
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg
Cert: 12A
Genre: Drama, Comedy

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film, “Much Ado About Nothing”. Using the original text, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter, Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail in the end!

 

Much Ado About Nothing trailer

Take a look at the Facebook event.

Tickets are available from the Winter Gardens Box Office, Church Street or online via Ticketmaster (booking fee applies).

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 5pm

Tickets: £5

Man with a Movie Camera

Year: 1929  Running Time: 68
Director: Dziga Vertov
Cert: U
Genre: Documentary

The best-known work of experimental documentary pioneer Dziga Vertov, Man with a Movie Camera is one the most influential films in cinema history. A poetic vision of urban life in 1920s Russia, Vertov’s extraordinary montage presents a bustling city at work and at play – a high-octane metropolis invigorated by an increasingly industrialised economy. Narrative-free and stripped of many of the conventions of silent cinema, the film exhibits a technical confidence that belies the fact that it was the director’s first feature. With its stunning range of camera angles and imaginative use of cinematic tricks (including dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze-frames), Vertov’s ‘mechanical eye’ takes centre-stage, his images ingeniously edited together to present an exhilarating ode to Bolshevik Russia.

We are pleased to present this screening with a live accompaniment on the world-famous Opera House Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

Keep your Seats, Please! (1935)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 2pm

Tickets: £5

Play along George Formby: Keep your Seats, Please!

Year: 1936  Running Time: 82
Director: Monty Banks
Starring: George Formby, Florence Desmond, Gus McNaughton, Harry Tate, Alistair Sim, Fiona Stewart (credited as ‘Binkie’ Stewart.
Cert: PG
Genre: Comedy
Songs:

  • Keep Your Seats Please (Formby/Gifford/Cliffe)
  • When I’m Cleaning Windows (Formby/Gifford/Cliffe)

Blackpool favourite George Formby plays an heir on a mission. Based on the play Twelve Chairs by Elie Ilf and Eugene Petrov, George is supposed to inherit some valuable jewels from his aunt. However, he has to find his fortune which has been hidden in a set of chairs which have been sold separately at auction.

Watch out for:

  • One of George’s greatest hits, “The Window Cleaner”
  • Alastair Sim as the shady lawyer who also has his eye on the hidden fortune.

A great film for all the family, we invite ukulele enthusiasts young and old to join in and play along!