Film Discussion Group

Exhibit 18

Venue: Woodend Nature Centre, 35 Williams Street COALFALLS. 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm

 Any queries, please phone Rob on 3288 5560 (leave message if not home!)

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This is not a particularly likeable movie BUT without doubt a true cinematic masterpiece, and NOT TO BE MISSED.

The movie is based on the “War Trials” conducted in the German city (Southern Bavaria) of Nuremberg after the Second World War, as the members of the Nazi Party were brought to justice.

But it’s the strength of the acting that puts this movie into the “must see” class.  Leading an all-star cast is the “unflappable” (great of the greats), SPENCER TRACY, in the pivotal role as the Chief Judge, Dan Haywood, and providing the “German” common man (Ok, women) touch is the equally well regarded,  Marlene Dietrich as Frau Bertholt .

But it’s the part played by Montgomery Cliff as the medically castrated “Untermenchen” (Rudolph Peterson)  that steals the show- brilliant acting by any standard.

So, what does Dr. Google have to say”….. Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American courtroom drama film directed by Stanley Kramer, written by Abby Mann and starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Werner Klemperer, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, William Shatner, and Montgomery Clift.  Set in Nuremberg in 1948, the film depicts a fictionalized version of the Judges’ Trial of 1947, one of the twelve U.S. military tribunals during the Subsequent Nuremberg trials…..”

I ask you – what an actors list – can it be bettered?!!

Any setbacks? Not really, except that the movie is long (179 mins), so even though morning tea is usually provide it may morph into lunch and therefore good idea to bring a few “munchies”.

Also given that we must relinquish the venue (like old times) to the “guitar class” from 2.00pm, the presentation/movie will get under way sharp at 10.00am

Well nuff said – please come and see for yourself just what it is that constitutes a really great classic 



Date   Movie   Genre   Presenter   Discussion Leader   Length   Comment 
21 October   Judgement at Nuremberg   drama   Marie   Marie   178mins    
04 November   The Ninth Gate   mystery   Carlene   Carlene  
18 November   The   Pianist   war   Mark   Mark   142mins   theatre
02 December   Star Trek   Sci-Fi   Chris   Chris   ?   school hols 8/12-?
                *Bonus movie is usually foreign
*LONG MOVIE? YARDSTICK “Gone with the wind =222 mins”            

More facilitator really, as the “learning” comes from the presentations given by each of the members. I am, like I am sure you are, something of a movie “buff” with an eclectic taste in movies.

Let there be no confusion.  I am Rob McGeehan (NOT David Stratton!!)

About ‘At our movies’:

Ever thought you could be a ‘movie critic’- well here is your chance!

Any U3A member is more than welcome to come along. U3A by its nature is a collection of learning activities, so the purpose of selecting and showing moves is clearly educational – we seek to learn what it is that makes a great movie. We have all grown up with movies so no doubt nostalgia has a certain role in selecting what to show, but movies quite clearly evolve along with the subject matter they depict. So, although the movies selected will, I am sure be most enjoyable, the “plan” for each ‘session’ (movie +talk), is for a member to introduce the movie- to talk about why it was selected, who are the ‘stars’, the director (and give some background about them) etc. – and of course the audience will then be invited to contribute whatever they feel is relevant to the discussion.

No – it’s not daunting and everyone is encouraged to participate. Each presentation runs for about 10 – 15mins, but there is no hard and fast rule – whatever the presenter is comfortable with. The ‘sessions’ normally start at 10 am and generally run in total for about 1.5 – 2 hours.

Also, several books are available if you need help – No pressure!

The film group is open to everyone who enjoys films. We meet at 10 am (sometimes at 11 am so see the timetable) in the Woodend Nature Centre.  We have morning tea, and, if it’s a marathon movie day, we bring lunch.

Someone presents the film and then we critique the film afterwards.  Usually to much hilarity and discussion.

I look forward to seeing some great movies in 2016 and to learning from you what it is that you feel makes them great.

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