Shrewsbury Film Society hold the mini season 'Six of the Best' on alternate Wednesdays between January - April, at The Hive in Shropshire.

Wednesday 11 January 2023

The Leopard

Italy, 1963, subtitled

178 minutes, cert PG (with interval)

Luchino Visconti’s sumptuous epic portrays the fall of 19th-century Sicilian nobility, its decadent displays of wealth tinged with melancholy. This is the fully restored, uncut, widescreen version of the classic film starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.

Wednesday 25 January 2023

Cléo from 5 to 7

France, 1961, subtitled

86 minutes, cert PG

Capturing Paris at the height of the 1960s, this is a fascinating real-time recreation of an afternoon in the life of a young woman, directed by Agnès Varda, one of the pioneers of “New Wave” cinema. It also features a lush score by Michel Legrand.

Wednesday 8 February 2023

Late Spring

Japan, 1949, subtitled

110 minutes, cert U

The first of Yasujirō Ozu’s great cycle of dramas about the joys and sadnesses of family life tells the moving tale of Noriko, a young woman who sacrifices her independence to look after her ailing father.

Wednesday 8 March 2023 – DOUBLE BILL


Czechoslovakia, 1966, subtitled

73 minutes, cert 15

A satirical, surreal and irreverent story of rebellion by two young women who decide to attack all they see as wrong with the stifling Czech society of the 1960s. Impossible to classify, this film continues to amaze, amuse and provoke audiences over 50 years on.

La Jetée

France, 1963, subtitled

27 minutes, cert 15

In spite of running for under half an hour, La Jetée has established legendary status as a hugely influential science fiction film, telling the story of a time traveller whose task is to call the past and future to rescue the present. Told almost entirely through still photographs, this is director Chris Marker’s most distinctive cinematic achievement.

Wednesday 22 March 2023


USSR, 1974, subtitled

101 minutes, cert U

The most autobiographical film by the legendary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, “Mirror” reflects on his own childhood and the fate of the Russian people, layering together real events, dreams, and memories of childhood in a unique combination.

Wednesday 19 April 2023

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

USA, 1927, intertitles

93 minutes, cert U

Widely considered the greatest of all silent films, “Sunrise” combines fable-like storytelling with remarkable technical ingenuity and visual imagination. The film won three Oscars, including a never-repeated one for “Unique and Artistic Picture”.

'Six of the Best' has been made possible with support from Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery.

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