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Sunday Movie: 1:00PM at the BCP Theater - "Joyeux Noël" (France - 2005)


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"The Clubhouse" in the BCP Hex Room is now open, and food and drinks - including popcorn - are available for purchase 
We don't charge admission, but we do ask for donations to support BCP and the Film Club program.
  • 12/31 - New Year's Eve - No movie
Upcoming films note:  I just finished moving to a new rental casita - and have not yet selected films for January.  I also am in the middle of configuring a new laptop as I work to get this notice out in a timely manner.  I will review recommendations from members, as well as doing my usual research to select films, and send the January schedule out next week to those on our email list.  (If you want to be added to - or removed from - our email list, reply to BoqueteFilmClub@gmail.com.) 

Sunday, December 24 @ 1:00pm - Joyeux Noël (USA - 1999)   1 hour, 54 minutes - Rated "PG" 

Ratings:  7.8 - IMDB,  74% - Rotten Tomatoes,  3/4 - Roger Ebert 

Joyeux Noël ('Merry Christmas') is a 2005 epic war drama film based on the Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, British, and German soldiers. It was written and directed by Christian Carion.  It was screened out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.  

The film, which included one of the last appearances of Ian Richardson before his death, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. It is a fictionalized account of an actual event that took place in December 1914 when Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, sent the lead singer of the Berlin Imperial Opera company on a solo visit to the front line. Singing by the tenor, Walter Kirchhoff, to the 120th and 124th Württemberg regiments led French soldiers in their trenches to stand up and applaud. 
With the advent of World War I, Europe is thrown into a brutal and vicious chaos as men are forced to kill or be killed. While blood soaks the battlefield as Christmas approaches, the men in the trenches of the Western Front face a transformation, however fleeting, toward peace and goodwill. Against all odds, four unlikely individuals from opposing sides (Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis) bond during this bloodless respite to experience the hope and goodness in humanity.
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