The Life Traumatic…

Next week I will be introducing Le Serpent, the last film of my second TRAUMA season (a collection of modern French crime movies – aka, Policiers or Polars). So far the season has had a good reaction from everyone who’s made it along and I always enjoy putting my presentations together to introduce and contextualise what we’re going to watch (although admittedly I now know more about the life and crimes of Jacques Mesrine than I ever intended)! Still, for some reason we are finding it hard to tempt new people along to our free Monday night film club/group/society [delete as preferred] at the moment. This is truly a bit of mystery – at the same time as attendance has dropped, the lovely TRAUMA brochures that Ben W. and MMU Print Services kindly produce for us have been going like hotcakes! We can only conclude that their graphics are so beautiful, people are hoarding them away like rare and precious works of art.

Some people wonder if TRAUMA is just for academics, or if you have to be a part of MMU to come along. The answer to both of these questions is “no”. Anyone can come drop by and there are no conditions for attendance other than a love of off-the-beaten-track cinema. You don’t need to be an expert in film studies, and you don’t need to be able to cite theorists and critics. But we do enjoy a lively informal discussion at the Sandbar after every screening – where we also get a 10 per cent discount at the bar and a free pizza. What could be better? 😀

Seasons coming up offer something for (almost) every taste. Featured films include: Night of the Hunter (1955), starring the inimitable Robert Mitchum; Kung Fu classic The Street Fighter (1974), Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie (1963), with the wonderfully expressive Anna Karina, and Sidney Lumet’s masterfully acerbic satire of the U.S media industry, Network (1976). Ana Miller, Sean Cleary, Dom Harbot and Tony Boffey will be treating us to some illuminating presentations about those. Hopefully over the coming months we’ll get a chance to meet some of the fans of our brochures… 😉

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2 responses to “The Life Traumatic…”

  1. Jemster says :

    Hey. Sadly I can’t travel down to Manc to swell the numbers at the film nights and stuff my face with free pizza! But maybe the reason for the low numbers is cos it’s on a Monday. I think people are usually worn out and still recovering from the weekend so don’t start going out again till later in the week. Maybe a move to Thursdays would see an increase in people? Looks like the brochures are a work of art worth having for their own sake! Maybe lazy film and tv first yearers are taking them and copying the text for their essays? haha. Just kidding. Am sure theyre all far too responsible and honest to do something like that…..;) Xx

    • musingfrommanchester says :

      Hahaha. Nice idea. Wonder if TRAUMA brochures can be submitted for the REF… 😉 Sorry – that’s a geeky academic joke will explain later lol. I agree a Monday isn’t ideal for a lot of folk, but we are gonna persevere with it. Too much competition on a Thursday! X

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