Sunday, 9 August 2009

The Smallest Show on Earth

1957 - Dir.: Basil Dearden

Shown at The FeckenOdeon on 29th September, 2001 - our opening show.

When a young couple from the Home Counties (Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers) unexpectedly inherit a cinema in the north they assume it to be the town's new showpiece theatre. When they arrive to inspect their property they find that it is in fact the "Bijou" - a falling apart museum piece of a picture house with a few falling apart museum pieces working in it. Margaret Rutherford as Mrs.Fazackerly rules the box office, Peter Sellers' drunken projectionist clings desperately to his wobbly equipment while Bernard Miles (as Old Tom the doorman) pines for a proper uniform. Director Basil Dearden treats his subject with humour and respect and the result is a funny, bitter sweet tribute to a bygone age of film going. The Bijou was the model for the first "Night at the Pictures" in Feckenham "Seats in all parts"!

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