Golden oldies at The Curzon cinema, Clevedon
By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 14:37
The Curzon cinema at Clevedon is showing some blockbusting films during the next few weeks.
Actor Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Quartet (12A) which opens on Saturday, January 19.
The film which stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly tells the story of a quartet of aging opera singers who put on a concert in honor of Verdi's birthday at the retirement home where they live.
Billed as a 'romantic comedy' it explores the lives of older artists — the way memory wanes and the high notes may recede into the distance — and how the point is to remember the value of those memories, the friendships and the time remaining.
With a running time of 98 minutes the film is set in a retirement home for musicians.
You almost feel it could have been made in Clevedon!
The storyline is about Reggie's (Tom Courtenay) whose peaceful retirement is stirred up by the arrival of his ex-wife Jean (Maggie Smith).
With the home under financial pressure, the two must team up with the rest of their old quartet for a fundraising concert.
But having four of England's finest singers under one roof is no guarantee that the show will go on.
On Sunday, January 20, at 7.45pm the Curzon Film Club presents award-wining Amour (12A).
This is another silver screen showing this time with subtitles about musical people in their twilight years.
Georges and Anne are in their eighties.
They are cultivated, retired music teachers.
Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family.
One day, Anne has an attack.
The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
It is described as 'a passionate, painful, intimate drama" The Guardian
For viewing times and tickets go to the Curzon box office by clicking HERE.
Films coming soon n to the Curzon including Les Miserables (from Friday, February 1), Zero Dark Thirty (from Friday, February 15) and Lincoln (from Friday, February 22). Tickets for all these films and more are on sale now.
The Curzon Community Cinema was first opened as The Picture House in April 1912.
Now a Grade II listed building, it has been owned since 1996 by a registered charity, the Curzon Clevedon Community Centre for the Arts, formed to buy the building and run it as a community cinema.