Once a month film lovers congregate in the Linbury Room at Dulwich Picture Gallery.The atmosphere is buzzing, maybe helped by delicious snacks and the complimentary glass of wine. It has the feeling of a good club, where all the members make sure to welcome anyone who has not been before.
The GalleryFilm team works hard to pick films that are not constantly shown on television, and they also want to make sure that the films are gems maybe forgotten or a delight to see again. And all are films which inspire a good discussion afterwards. The team also prepares a fact sheet which gives the audience valuable extra information.
In February they will show a wonderful French film called Women on the Sixth Floor, a social comedy about a very snobbish bourgeois Paris family in the 60’s. The husband is an uptight stockbroker with a wife who manages to combine snobbishness with arrogance and they live with their two spoilt children in a large house. They let the top floor to a gaggle of Spanish maids and one of them, the effervescent Maria, manages to show the staid broker that there is more to life than money.
March offers the film which shows Richard Burton at the height of his acting career in The Night of the Iguana. He shares credits with Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon, straight from her success in Lolita. The director John Huston manages to get star performances from everyone but it is Burton as the alcoholic defrocked priest who is truly mesmerising. He works as a tour guide in Mexico, and as his relationship with Sue Lyon progresses he knows that this incipient romance upsets the people in the group. In order to avoid his boss finding out he takes the tourists to a rundown hotel without a telephone. Intrigues follow and the dynamics in the group evolves dramatically. Based on the acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams.
Time for laughter in April as there is a chance to see the successful Goodbye Columbus, based on Philip Roth’s award-winning debut novel. It stars Richard Benjamin and young Ali MacGraw as the innocent couple who meet and fall in love, but not all is going smoothly in this thought-provoking film. Young Brenda, played by MacGraw, is a New York Jewish Princess and lives in a bubble created by her doting rich parents. This is a film that deals with class, social issues and how it affects this young couple.
Laurence Olivier is considered one of the finest English actors ever, and his role in Term of Trial shows him out of the usual Shakespearean garb and in a modern setting. The film, shown in May, is based on James Barlow’s novel The Burden of Proof, and is a drama revolving around the relationship between a teacher and his students, in particular a young girl, here played by Sarah Miles in her film debut. He rejects her advances and as revenge she accuses him and the case ends up in court. A brilliant drama which has echoes almost daily in the media.
So do join the GalleryFilm crowd and enjoy the best films in good company.
All films start at 7.00 for 7.30pm
Complimentary glass of wine and snacks plus film notes.
£9, £7 Friends
Women on the Sixth Floor
Monday 9 February
The Night of the Iguana
Monday 9 March
Monday 13 April
Term of Trial
Monday 11 May
Tickets can be obtained online at dulwichpicturegallery.org
Or by telephone 020 8299 8750 or from Friends Desk in the Gallery
GalleryFilm is organised by Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery