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Rod White introduces the March 2015 brochure

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Thu 19 Feb 2015

Rod White introduces the March 2015 brochure

Can you recall your very first trip to a cinema?

When asked, which I actually occasionally am, I always say my first cinema experience was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Dundee ABC, though I fear I may be making it up. It may, however, be the only way to explain my mighty, and perhaps, for some, otherwise inexplicable soft spot for the film. I'm not even clear whether there ever was an ABC in Dundee, but that's what I think I remember. If it's not CCBB at the Dundee ABC, then I simply don't know what it is, so I think I'll stick with it.

I also sometimes get asked (I don't really... I just felt awkward bringing it up when not invited to do so) how I got involved with this cinema. So, seeing as you've asked... I'm not going to tell you how many years ago it was (suffice to say I may have been in Poll Tax arrears at the time) but I recall my first obsessively regular involvement with this cinema was as a customer, at the time the cinema was offering Wednesday matinees for students for the decidedly unprincely sum of 50p. (I know... imagine that now!) Sold out every week it was. It never crossed my mind at that time that I might want to work here, though I'm not quite sure why... Many years after those glorious 50p days, and by my tried and trusted method of leaving it to chance that I'll end up in the right place at the right time, I was phoned by my then flatmate, who worked here, and asked if could I help out and cover an ushering shift, as someone hadn't turned up. I said yes, was that night offered a regular ushering shift, which I took, and soon realised I might quite like the job of the person who chooses the films for this marvellous cinematic emporium. Only four people stood in my way... I've said enough.

This month's programme is the usual, dare I say, excellent and eclectic mix ranging from Suite Française, Saul Dibb's handsome and moving WWII drama, set in occupied France and based on the 'lost' and ultimately best-selling novel of the same name by Irène Némirovsky (the book was penned contemporaneously to events depicted, but only discovered by the author's daughter in the late 1990s), to Bill Forsyth's classic debut, That Sinking Feeling, in a new digital version; from Julianne Moore's likely Oscar-winning turn as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's in Still Alice to X+Y, the poignant and moving tale of a young maths prodigy (Asa 'Hugo' Butterfield) with Asperger's Syndrome; from Paul Thomas Anderson's "gloriously rambunctious" (according to the Guardian) Inherent Vice, screening here in 35mm, to Louis Malle's semi-autobiographical masterpiece Au revoir les enfants; and from strikingly beautiful documentary (EIFF prizewinner 2014), My Name Is Salt, which follows a year in the life of salt harvesters in Gujarat, India (and which we're distributing ourselves, we liked it so much!), to a stunning new restoration of Powell and Pressburger's sumptuous film of Offenbach's classic opera, The Tales of Hoffmann.

The Italian Film Festival, now in its 22nd edition, graces our screens from 6 to 19 March, and our four-year First World War in Cinema season continues with Stanley Kubrick's sublime Paths of Glory. All that and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is still with us, very possibly throughout the whole month, though that will be dependent on how many of you come and see it. C'mon, let's have it on for weeks!

Rod White, Head of Filmhouse

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