Right - first things first: we're hugely looking forward to seeing the regular film clubbers again tonight (except Slocombe because he's away).
There is a definite cross-section of political opinion within the seasoned DVD watchers and, now that there's a much publicised death and funeral in the news, there might well be deeply held and opposing viewpoints on all sorts of matters concerning the funeral arrangements, the protests of all types, the legacy of the dead leader etc etc.
Feelings run very high on this sort of thing, and I really don't want a divisive discussion/argument after the film. So no mention of the recently deceased Prime Minister, her policies, her funeral or of the current Number One hit single tonight, please ladies and germs.
Now - onward to the presentation. Tonight we are delighted to offer for your entertainment and mild torture.....
... Mikhail Kalazotov's 1957 classic The Cranes Are Flying.
"...a film about ordinary people to whom war happens ..."
Hugely acclaimed worldwide and mentioned as a favourite piece of cinema by the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.
Let's see for ourselves.....