Tag Archives: british comedies

Make Mine Mink (1960) at the Ealing Oldies Network meeting.

I was asked by the Ealing Oldies Network to show them a film and lead the following discussion. EON is a friendship group of old people who meet locally every Monday. It is self organised, people share their knowledge and … Continue reading

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MISS ROBIN HOOD (1952)

Report by Rita of the film group meeting on June 3rd. There were 8 of us at the session. General discussion Overall, the women in the group felt the film was not very enjoyable and engaging. We could see that … Continue reading

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The Ladykillers (1955) revisited

We were only 6 members aged between 58 and 81 to see The Ladykillers.  A good discussion followed the viewing. Subjects :  stereotyping, the ambiguity of Mrs.Wilberforce’s character, her clothes,  the word irritating was often voiced,  the difficulty of agreeing on slapstick humour. Generally I … Continue reading

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KEEPING MUM (2005) or “it is the least a mother can do”

Like Tatie Danielle, Keeping Mum is difficult to categorise. The reviewers call it a black comedy and their assessments range from Ebert and Rope “It’s probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years” to Philip French “laboured … Continue reading

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The Second Marigold Hotel

“Just because I’m looking at you when you talk, don’t think I’m listening — or even interested.”  Maggie Smith to Judy Dench I had a free couple of hours and decided reluctantly to see The Second Exotic Marigold Hotel as a … Continue reading

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ANTONIA’S LINE – Antidote to sexism.

For our film group this month I chose Antonia’s Line (1995). Why did I pick this film from  my collection? Three reasons spring to mind.   In a new book about ageing: Lynn Segal’s ‘Out of Time, the Pleasures and Perils of … Continue reading

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The Old Woman and some British Comedies.

Whisky Galore (1949) was shown on the TV at the approach to Xmas. A very male comedy where Georges’ mother, a controlling bigot with no redeeming features, treats her adult son like a naughty child.   The part is played by Jean … Continue reading

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