Foreign films are among the finest
I write in response to Art Zarb's letter stating his disappointment at the lack of film choice at the Phoenix cinema ("Film choices leave a lot to be desired", Mercury Mailbox, October 9).
To bemoan an arthouse cinema due to its volume of subtitled films is ridiculous.
As any true film fan knows, some of the very best releases of recent years have been foreign, such as Secert In Their Eyes, Pan's Labyrinth, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Let The Right One In (the latter two of which have had grossly inferior remakes, minus the subtitles, minus the quality).
The only place locally to enjoy world cinema of this calibre is the Phoenix. And thank goodness for that.
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I am partial to occasional multiplex visits, but find that unless you enjoy big-budget sequels, remakes, reboots and superhero films, there is little on offer.
The Phoenix should absolutely maintain its current material.
If Mr Zarb requires more up to date mainstream releases, may I suggest the 12 screen Sahowcase Cinema at Highcross.
A. Dawson, Leicester.
I would like to submit a reply to a recent letter from Art Zarb regarding the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester.
According to Art, the selection of films at the Phoenix "leave a lot to be desired".
As a film student at the University of Leicester, who regularly attends the Phoenix and has always very much enjoyed everything I have seen there, even if it is foreign or subtitled, I would like to suggest that the Phoenix has slotted into a niche market in Leicester and is a fantastic facility that we should be proud of.
The Phoenix offers more artistic, films for those who fancy a change from the Hollywood norm, and perhaps a bit of culture.
It is a shame that people can be put off a film just because it requires a little extra effort to read a few subtitles, but it is definitely well worth it.
We would just like to applaud the Phoenix for showing less mainstream films in such a great venue.
Naomi Silkstone & Bee Tovey University of Leicester.