Film Society




Join HUGHES HALL FILM SOCIETY! We are a small group dedicated to showing films once or twice per week throughout term time, almost always at 8pm in the Pfeiffer room at Hughes. Our films will be advertised through Agora: if you join and become a member you’ll get notifications about […]

First films of Michaelmas 2014



The Mole is the first major cinematographic success of director and “psychomagician” Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film tells a surreal story of love and redemption of a father (El Topo) and his son in a formative journey through the desert. They meet The Colonel and his gang, who have terrorised locals, […]

Film: “The Mole” (El Topo)


This film follows a small group of visitors to the Winter Palace at the Hermitage. It becomes an exploration of Russian history, as the various rooms present people and themes from various historical episodes, not always chronologically. The walking tour becomes a dream-like panorama. The film is shot from the […]

Film: “Russian Ark” (2002)


The ‘Deer Hunter’ is an important film for many reasons: it is one of the most acclaimed attempts to tell the story of the Vietnam war and its impact on American lives (nominated for 9, received 5 Academy awards), but in its attempt it is also highly controversial and reflects […]

Film: “Deer hunter” (1978)



Set in Chile in the late 1980s, the story of this film unfolds against the backdrop of the historic national plebiscite held in 1988 to determine whether General Pinochet should remain in power. Based on a play by Antonio Skármata, the story centers on an advertising executive, played by Gael […]

Film: “No” (2012)


Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”) is a Mexican-Italian avant-garde thriller film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Jodorowsky along with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni. The film tells the story of Fenix, a boy who grew up in a circus, and his life through both adolescence and early adulthood. The […]

Film: “Santa Sangre” (1989)


“The Straight Story” is certainly an uncharacteristic film for David Lynch, an American director who has become so famous for his surrealist, mystifying and disturbing cinematic style. “The Straight Story” really has a straightforward narrative: it is based on a true story of Alvin Straight who took up a journey […]

Film: “The Straight Story” (1999)



Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”) is a Mexican-Italian avant-garde thriller film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Jodorowsky along with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni. The film tells the story of Fenix, a boy who grew up in a circus, and his life through both adolescence and early adulthood. The […]

Film: “Santa Sangre” (1989)


From Denmark, this comedy-drama concerns a family that gathers to celebrate the birthday of the father at their family-owned hotel. But their relations are complex and difficult, especially as we learn more about them. This is the most acclaimed of the films made according to the principles of the “Dogme […]

Film: “Festen” [The Celebration] (1998)


“A history of violence” (2005) is a crime thriller directed by David Cronenberg. The story is about an apparently normal and peaceful man who gets involved in a self-defense murder case. With that, his turbulent past will emerge again in unexpected ways. The main character, Tom Stall, is interpreted by […]

Film: “A History of Violence” (2005)



This is another of the high points from the Golden Age of Hollywood. It is one of the great films ever made about the theatre, ambition, and backstage intrigues. A celebration of acting and of talking, it may also be one of Hollywood’s favorite films. Few films have ever been […]

Film: “All About Eve” (1950)









A comedy-drama from Chile, where family dynamics are considered from the perspective of the long-time maid, as she fights to retain her position in the household. Social satire is blended with the study of a complex character. Director Sebastián Silva’s film has received international acclaim, with special praise for the […]

Film Tuesday: “La Nana” [The Maid] (2009)