Chis Snuggs - Berners/Halls 58-64: We were talking about 16mm films at WHS the other day. I remember those sesions with great affection as something totally different from the usual routine - AND there were some jolly good films, too: ‘Jules et Jim’ for example. Actually, I can't remember for certain whether I saw that at school or at uni (it came out in 1962, so perhaps not), but there is a very interesting review of it here. I think there is nothing about films shown in "Janus" before 1963! But I remember seeing ‘The Wages of Fear’, ‘Rififi’ and ‘The Seven Samurai’ - and some others. (THE EXISTING LIST OF FILMS SHOWN AS RECORDED IN "Janus" IS HERE.)
Roger Friend - Johnstons 58-63: “On a French film thread, well post WH I enjoyed ‘Jean de Florette’ and ‘Manon des Sources’. I was so impressed with Marcel Pagnol’s screenplay and Claude Beri’s direction that I bought VHS tapes of ‘La Gloire de Mon Père’ and ‘Le Château de Ma Mère’, which turned out not to be so good! I have over the years some great French films.”
Chris Snuggs: “Yes, the Golden Age of French Cinema: glorious creation; great stars.”
Chris Snuggs: “I also remember "Rififi". The 40 minutes with no dialogue is famous! As for Stretch in class, I just don't remember much about most lessons, just snippets and generalised impressions. ‘All those moments are lost in time, like tears in the rain’ ....."
Roger Friend: “I sometimes wonder whether those red herrings were planned. Stretch was a smart operator. Not being a teaching professional, I don’t know for sure, but he could have been using the time to retain attention while keeping the topic ‘French’.”
Louis Parperis: “The heist scene lasts about thirty minutes, without any music or dialogue although there is ambient background sound. It was based on a robbery that took place in Marseilles in the late 19th century but the film version became a blueprint for a number of 20th century robberies.
Chris Snuggs: “Teaching about the culture of the target language is hugely important, and Stretch did a fair bit of that. I don't remember discussing the French films we saw (not sure why not, but it could be my memory at fault), but he quite often played us songs by famous singers: Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf et al.”
Robin Skinner - Johnstons 67-74: “He told us about the corner he sat and watched Le Mans ....not the film ... the real thing!”
Chris Snuggs: “I found the end of "Jules et Jim" very sad ..... what was it supposed to tell us?”
Louis Parperis: “Chris Snuggs possibly that our reflections on those who have died shapes how we deal with the inevitability of death itself.”
Chris Snuggs: “Indeed, and/or that true happiness is rare and ephemereal, especially in matters of the heart. À propos, Jeanne Moreau we talked about, but Oskar Werner was a wonderful actor, too. I've really liked him in every role I've seen him play."
Chris Snuggs: “The 1955 movie "Rififi" with English subtitles:
Frederick Townson - Corners 52-58: “‘Whiskey Galore’ in mid 50s.”
Nigel Fletcher - Halls 53-61: “Also showed a Russian film: ‘The Cranes are Flying’.”
Glynne Thomas - Halls 57-62: “‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’!”
Chris Snuggs: “Seen it of course, but can't remember if at WHS.”
John Tuddenham - Hansons 53-57: “‘Sanders of the River’ ..... Paul Robeson - shown circa 1954.”
Ray Hitchins - Halls 62-69: “Some advanced films for schoolboys. Am I right in thinking ‘If’ was one of them?”
Chris Snuggs: “They had limited means in those days, but did their best to give us a good show now and then, and no rubbish either! That was a great era for French cinema. (50s and 60s).”
Ray Stokes - Halls 70-75: “‘Straw Dogs’ uncut.”
Mark Frost - Hansons 70-77: “Yes, that was quite an eye-opener! Still banned I believe with its violent rape scene. Senior films were for 5th and 6th formers which meant that X films could be seen by 16 year olds, and of course all the younger boys on the roof looking through the skylights! Presumably the X ratings were meant for public performance, whereas WH could be classed as a 'club'?”
Omar James-johnson - Hansons 69-74 : “‘Straw Dogs’ and ‘Easy Rider’.”
Bill Bourne - Corners 57-59: “I remember ‘Great Expectations’ (and being scared by the opening graveyard scene!) and maybe ‘The Ladykillers’ and ‘Fallen Idol’.”
Roger Friend: “‘La Salaire de la Peur’ avec Yvette Montand. I remember seeing that in the hall and ‘The Seven Samurai’, too. Whilst I have seen ‘Rififi’, I don’t recall having seen it at school.”
John Coles - unknown 53-60: ‘The Cranes are Flying’
Thomas Newsham - Johnstons 54-59: ‘Passport to Pimlico' and ’‘Went the day well?’ (full movie).
Chris Snuggs: “Hello Thomas; not heard from you lately. HNY! re those two films, I remember seeing the second, but not the first, with again some doubt as to whether I saw it at WHS.”
Thomas Newsham: “I suspect that the former was shown before you arrived at WH.”
Chris Snuggs: “Never seen it, but perhaps I should.(link to trailer here: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0035429/)"