Notorious (1946)  |  8 January 2020
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains
Run-Time: 1 hr 42 mins
Hitchcock’s classic spy romance-suspense masterpiece features perhaps Bergman’s greatest performance as the “notorious” Alicia Huberman who is asked by the US Government to infiltrate and marry the leader of a pro-Nazi group. Claude Rains as the unsuspecting husband and Cary Grant as Huberman’s bitter ex-lover are equally brilliant. Filled with tense suspense sequences, the film remains a blueprint for all spy films.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)  |  15 January 2020 
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones
Run-Time: 2 hrs 2 mins
Set in the 1970’s, this moody, brooding, quiet and tense adaptation of the John Le Carre novel features one of Gary Oldman’s greatest performances as the stone-faced veteran ex-spy who must uncover a ‘mole’ planted by the Russians at the top of the MI6 British intelligence service.

Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest, 1970)  |  22 January 2020 
Language: Bengali with English subtitles
Directed by: Satyajit Ray
Starring: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal, Soumitra Chatterjee, Subhendu Chatterjee
Run-Time: 1 hr 55 mins
One of Satyajit Ray’s greatest but under-discussed films, Aranyer Din Ratri is the story of four city male friends who travel to the forest for an excursion and the women they encounter there.
The film is notable for its strong social commentary and independent women characters. The classic ‘memory game sequence’  is studied by film-makers and enthusiasts to this day.

Bright Star (2009)  |  29 January 2020
Written & Directed: Jane Campion (The Piano)
Starring: Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw
Run-Time: 1 hr 55 mins
This moving romantic drama is based on the last few years of poet John Keats short life and his secret love relationship with the daughter of his landlady. It was in this period that Keats found inspiration to write his best known work and director Jane Campion’s intense film is one of subtle beauty.

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