Data gathered from VIEWING SESSION ENDELL STREET, 21st March 1964. Seven films are given average mark out of 10, and voted for/against recommendation to voter’s film society; brief analysis at bottom of sheet
Data and comments gathered from VIEWING SESSIONs at ENDELL STREET, (no chronology) 18th July 1964 (18 films viewed) handwritten data attached, 20th June 1964 (16 films) handwritten data attached, 8th June 1963 (6 films) , 12th October 1963 (5 films), 16th November 1963 (12 films) , 14th December 1963 (11 films) , 22nd February 1964 (9 films); inconsistent / evolving gleaning methods are used (“further modification still required for the stupid”).
Notes of comments and suggestions, taken in discussion at viewing session of 20th June 1964.
Handwritten data, presumedly from viewing session (after 18th June, since “Works of Calder” is present, yet noted as absent in N156NT/1965/Cinema 65/007); 33 films are listed from highest to lowest scoring.
Letter from John B. Collins to Philip Crick, Esq. Following the latter’s suggestion of a “regional repetory cinema” at recent “Federation [of Film Societies}” meeting. Following consultation, it is concluded that people will not wish to travel more than four or five miles to see a film; the importance of co-operation between film societies and schools is expressed (“I don’t want to see a minority ‘cult’ watching ‘art films’ […] I want our members to learn to like RIO BRAVO rather than learn to like BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN [and to] see for themselves why RIO BRAVO is a better film than STRANGE INCIDENT”); invitation to give talk on Kurosawa after next meeting and screening of TORA NO O; further elaboration on the existence and necessary re-orientation of film societies and their (“predominantly middle-class […] alienated”) audience […] concluding that [Film Societies] concentrate on films with complex scripts and foreign dialogue”; the general public should appreciate good films in ordinary cinemas; for the following Fedration AGM, two proposals will be submitted: 1. a survey of the value and function of Member Societies as first stage of re-orientation and 2. an investigation of the location of grants or subsidies.
Letter from Philip Crick to Mr. Collins. Given Guilford as a central repertory cinema [“linked to the municipality and the film society”], and “an age where so many have cars” ten or 15 miles might be travelled to see a film; the impact of television might spell a shift in demand in “ordinary cinemas”, which might then restructure to project “intelligent cinema” in a place where people can “meet, eat, drink, talk, discuss, ideally.”; the Federation must be prodded further than being content with “hard-seat-church-hall-coffee-at-sixpence-a-time-culture”; Collins’ two proposals are part of five that will be pushed “from the floor” at the next AGM; the motives of membership forming a necessary “hard-core” are discussed at length.
Letter from John Collins to Philip Crick, Esq, thanking him for his notes about the National Film Study Centre; practically: no Centre without a Premises in place/ no funding without a Centre already in place; five thoughts on the Premises: 1. should be subscription-based, 2. not only open during working hours; 3. description of physical make-up 4. centrally located, 5. hiring of Premises also possible; request for a specimen of titles to be screened; further comments to points made by Crick, including the take-over of Federations “FILM” magazine; the centre could act as mediator between various film organisations; closing comments on a selection of films not/worthy of screening.
Circular, hand-marked “Top Secret” and “Confidential”, from Philip Crick to John (one of 4 recipients noted at end: Ray Wills, David Moore, John Collins, Rosemary Heaword), stating the intention to develop “a new magazine of serious film criticism and evaluation” with Bob Cobbing; the appearance of the first number will depend on goodwill of authors; whether John has interest in writing one of nine suggestions for possible articles; additional note promises reply to N156NT/1965/Cinema 65/012
Letter from Philip Crick to John. All of his ideas for the Study Centre should be raised at Cobbing’s current screenings; a leaflet has been made and circulated there, and given enough response, a meeting can be called to discuss; campaign is needed before premises; FILM is untouchable, and no support should be expected of the Federation.
Circular from Philip Crick declaring a meeting at BETTERBOOKS, on August 25th, of those who have shown interest in a magazine associated with Cinema 65; submissions welcome.
Letter from John Collins to Philip Crick, Esq, organising “Guildford projector” for Gryphon Films screening; various travel options added by hand in green ink; inquiring after progress with BONHEUR.
Circular from Philip Crick declaring a meeting at BETTERBOOKZ paperback dept, on October 14th, of those who are directly concerned with the magazine associated with CINEMA 65; submissions still welcome; annotation, inquiring after progress with Le Bonheur.
Announcement: Four programmes: 1. Four films by Kenneth Anger; 2 & 3. September 2nd and 7th: more than 20 films by Norman McLaren; 4. September 30th, films by members of the Gryphon Group. MEMBERS ONLY; meeting, August 25th, for those interested in writing / production of film magazine; films by members, call for submissions
“A probably incomplete filmography” of Norman McLaren; accompanying screenings mentioned in N156NT/1965/Cinema 65/020
Announcement: “Additional Programme” September 18th, films by Richard Preston; September 30th, Gryphon Programme; MEMBERS ONLY; Session of members’ films brought forward to September 19th; submission of articles for magazine by September 30th; magazine meeting October 14th