Episode 6

Kino Quickies 06 - Brief Ecstasy (1937) with Charles Barr

Published on: 27th May, 2022

The sixth and final film in Kino Quickies season 1, screened on May 22nd 2022, was Brief Ecstasy from 1937.

Directed by Edmond Gréville - who is probably most famous for directing Beat Girl several years later - it's the story of a love triangle made up of Helen (Linden Travers), her husband Paul (Paul Lukas) and her former lover, Jim (Hugh Williams).

The film is an early one from Ealing, so our special guest for the Q&A was Charles Barr, author of the seminal book about Ealing, "Ealing Studios"

Charles doesn't only know about Ealing though - he's also no slouch when it comes to Hitchcock.

Your hosts are Dom Delargy and Dr Lawrence Napper

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Our sound engineer for this one was Nick Randall - he of the Scratch n Sniff podcast

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Kino Quickies
Screenings of 1930s "quota quickie" films plus Q&As with expert guests at the Kino Cinema in Bermondsey, South London. Come along, watch a film, have a drink and join in the discussion. Two days later it appears as a podcast.
The Kino was unexpectedly shut down in January so season three of Kino Quickies has been postponed. We will be hosting a one-off SOLD OUT screening of "The Gaunt Stranger" at The Garden Cinema, WC2 on October 8th.
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