Film Screening 4th November, 2006

Poster for The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin 

8:00 PM, 4th November, 2006
No Guests

  • 10 mins
  • 1981
  • Janet Perlman

Its the story of Cinderella, except that the cast consists entirely of penguins - even the mice who are transformed into horses, are in fact penguins. (And the lost slipper is more like a swimming flipper.) One of many well-regarded cartoons produced by the National Film Board of Canada over the years; it was nominated for an Oscar for best animated short.

Poster for March of the Penguins (La Marche de l'empereur)

March of the Penguins (La Marche de l'empereur) 

8:10 PM, 4th November, 2006
No Guests

  • G
  • 80 mins
  • 2005
  • Luc Jacquet
  • Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler, Jordan Roberts
  • Morgan Freeman

Fascinating documentary (not being oxymoronic here) about penguins (not a trick title). Director Luc Jacquet in true suffering-for-art' style travels to the literal end of the world in Antarctica with his devoted (and possibly mad) crew to battle extreme conditions and immortalise on film the lives of Emperor penguins. Their dedication and diligence to this cause is manifest in the absolutely awesome sequences that are captured - a real treat of wildlife cinematography that is definitely not stock-standard. The film focuses on one particular colony as they march 70 miles inland in a single-file to return to their old breeding ground. We see the intensity of the penguins' lifecycle and soap-operatic breeding dramas, sympathise with their task of keeping their babies alive, admire their tenacity, determination, sacrifice and partner-sharing in keeping their babies alive, laugh loudly when they fight over women, cry when their babies freeze to death (you'll cry). Morgan Freeman's narration is top notch. So... in conclusion, even if you think (as I do) that penguins are fat and ugly obnoxious waddling pseudo-birds who can't fly, you will enjoy this film immensely (as I did). But actually... now I secretly think penguins are quite cute.

Anh Nguyen

Poster for Harvey


9:30 PM, 4th November, 2006

  • G
  • 104 mins
  • 1950
  • Henry Koster
  • Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney, Myles Connolly
  • Jimmy Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake

Jimmy Stewart gives one of his most charming and memorable performances as the boozy but amiable Elwood P. Dowd whose faithful companion happens to be a six foot three-and-a-half inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. Elwood likes to introduce his invisible friend to strangers, but his family thinks this is scandalous. His sister, Veta (Hull), tries to have him committed to a sanitarium for his well-being. Through a misunderstanding the staff think that Elwood is the sane one, while Veta is loony. When the mistake is corrected, the staff goes after Elwood. This delightful comedy satirises conformity and is still enjoyable after more than 50 years. The movie was based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name and Josephine Hull (who repeated her Broadway role) won an Oscar for best supporting actress.Tony Fidanza

Tony Fidanza