The Town Hall Cinema begins its autumn season with a screening of the original black and white version of “A Farewell To Arms” (PG) on 19 September at 7.30.
The British Film Institute described the film, “Now beautifully restored by Lobster Films, A Farewell to Arms is released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
A forgotten masterpiece, Frank Borzage’s film of Ernest Hemingway’s novel, published just two years earlier, is both a persuasive picture of the nightmare that was World War One and a deeply affecting tribute to the transcendent power of love.
Sexy and irreverent, Gary Cooper excels as Frederic Henry, an American serving in the Italian ambulance brigade who meets, through his cynical, womanising doctor friend (Adolphe Menjou), Catherine (Helen Hayes), an English nurse whose fiancé died at the Somme. Frederic’s initial attempts to flirt fail to impress Catherine, but war can have an odd way of bringing people together… While the film successfully evokes the horrific carnage, cruel authoritarianism and despair-inducing dimensions of modern mechanised warfare, it centres on the flowering of a relationship so passionate and mutually regenerative that it overcomes even the constraints of time and place. Charles Lang’s fluid, painterly, Oscar-winning cinematography (combining expressionism and incandescence), several truly remarkable montage sequences and the rapt performances all add up to a delirious Romanticism characteristic of Borzage at his best; the extraordinary Liebestod that forms its climax is at once utterly exhilarating and strangely modern.”
Tickets will be £5.00 at the door (no cards). Doors will be open at 7.00 for the 7.30 start.
Everyone who attends the annual Remembrance Sunday service will have been moved to hear the roll call of names of the men who died for their country, read out village by village, followed by the words ‘We will remember them’.
This year, 100 years after the outbreak of World War I, Orford Museum will display the results of the hard work by volunteer researcher Brian Boulton who has done his very best to discover as much as possible about every one of the 90 men who died in that war – soldiers, sailors and airmen – from Orford, Sudbourne, Chillesford, Iken, Boyton, Butley, Wantisden and Capel St Andrew. The World War I commemorative exhibition, to be held in Orford Town Hall on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September will display at least one page devoted to each man.
Appeals for information, published in The Link parish magazine, did produce a few responses and, best of all, some photographs and medals, but even when facts have been hard to come by, there will be something about each man’s family and a picture of his grave or memorial. Do please come along to the Town Hall, which will be open from 10.30am to 5.00pm on each of the three days of the exhibition, especially if you have a family member named on the War Memorials and may be able to give us more information about him.
After the exhibition, special folders will be compiled and presented to each parish church, so that they can be displayed near the War Memorials, helping future generations to keep the memory of the men behind the names alive.
The exhibition will also look at many aspects of life in our villages during the First World War. Find out about, amongst other things, airfields on Orford Ness and at Butley, schoolchildren given a day off to gather conkers, wounded soldiers nursed in the Cottage Hospital and a Prisoner of War camp on Orford Ness hit by an influenza epidemic.
In March 2012, the First Lady of Australian Jazz Singing Janet Seidel captivated a packed audience in Orford Church with her programme of songs from the greats of jazz.
We are delighted to announce that Janet and her trio will be back in the UK this year and after beginning their UK tour at Ronnie Scotts will be performing again in Orford Church on September 27th. Proceeds from this event will go to the Thomas Marshall Education Fund.
Those who heard her sing in the church in 2012 will no doubt be rushing to repeat the experience and those who didn’t should make sure they don’t miss out this year. A most polished entertainer with perfect pitch who fills the church with beautiful sound.