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Director: Sidney Lumet. 1957
Starring Henry Fonda, Lee J.Cobb and Martin Balsam.
The 12 angry men of this film are jurors in a murder case.
An 18-year-old boy is accused of stabbing his father to death, if convicted he faces the electric chair.
The odds are against him with 11 convinced of his guilt, while one man alone has his doubts.
The court case is only the framework of this film, the greatness lies in the 12 characters who are in a small room with no air-con on one of New York’s hottest days, with what seems like a foregone conclusion.
Prejudice and bigotry spill forth and tempers flare.
Sidney Lumet’s debut film makes no apologies for its sweaty intensity.
Photography Director Boris Kaufman makes a virtue of the claustrophobic space to heighten the volatile atmosphere.
This is black & white stylized realism at its very best.
Too few films have taken arguing to an art form, but this film truly has.
Blasts From The Past will be the theme for this year’s St Ives September Festival Film Season.
Once again, organiser Wendy Watson has come up with a cracking selection of films for the annual silver screen extravaganza at St Ives Arts Club.
Last year four of the five films sold out – so make sure you get your tickets early.
All films are shown at the oldest art establishment in the town.
St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, St Ives.
Doors open from 7.00pm
Buy tickets for all 5 September festival films in one transaction for £25