Act One Film Society

The Act One Film Society launched in January 2016 as a spin-off subgroup of Chapter One, in order to allow interested group members to enjoy and discuss great cinema.  The group focuses primarily on classic or influential films, or movies with a cult following. 

Each month, Act One watches two films selected by group members, and discussion takes place online.  The films currently scheduled are noted below.


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November 1 - 15, 2018

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Directed by John Hughes

Film #69

High-strung marketing executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) and overly talkative shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy) find themselves unexpectedly joining forces as they embark on a quest to travel from New York to Chicago in time for Neal to share Thanksgiving with his family. The pair must contend with the trials of holiday travel, clashing personalities and Neal’s fraying sanity if they want to reach Chicago in time for the holiday. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for Hughes’ direction and Martin and Candy’s performances upon its release over 30 years ago, Planes, Trains and Automobiles has been ranked among the funniest comedies of all time and is considered the quintessential Thanksgiving movie.

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November 16 - 30, 2018

From Russia with Love (1963)

Directed by Terence Young

Film #70

Featuring Sean Connery’s second performance as popular culture’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, From Russia with Love follows 007 as he’s targeted for revenge by the international criminal organization SPECTRE. In an adventure that takes him from London to Russia to Istanbul, Bond finds himself tangling with assassins, thieves and beautiful women as he attempts to retrieve a cryptographic device for MI6. Hailed by many as the best James Bond film ever made and one of the best spy movies in general, From Russia with Love has remained beloved by Bond aficionados for the last 55 years.