SEPTEMBER 14, 2018‘
‘CLASSIC FILMS RETURNING TO THE THALIA THEATER with
THE BEST OF JUDI DENCH, MAGGIE SMITH AND AKIRA KUROSAWA’
ALL SCREENINGS AT LEONARD NIMOY THEATRE
2537 Broadway @ 95th Street
ENTRANCE ON 95TH STREET
Tickets: $11 (Symphony Space members), $12 (Seniors (65+), $15 All
Infrared assisted Listening Devices available on-site
The current retrospective features films with DAME JUDI DENCH, DAME MAGGIE SMITH, DAME KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS (all of these distinguished actresses honored by QUEEN ELIZABETH II), appearing in ten motion pictures released between 1969 and 2015.
There will also be four films (released between 1950 and 1962) honoring the Japanese Screenwriter SHINOBU HASHIMOTO known for his participation with the director, AKIRA KUROSAWA. Mr. Hashimoto passed away July 19, 2018 at the age of 100 years
SEVEN SAMURI – KUROSAWA’S EPIC ADVENTURE MASTERPIECE
SEVEN SAMURI (1954)-Running Time: 207 Min.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
Poor villagers under attack are saved by seven unemployed warriors.
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Seven Samuri is the classic tale of honor and duty. A master Samurai, posing as a monk, saves a farmer’s kidnapped son. At a time when traditional order is breaking down, other farmers, also, persuade him to defend their villages. In stunning action scenes, still considered without peer, he does so with the help of his fellow Samuri. Memorable characters played by a superb cast and an unforgettable story illustrate once again, Kurosawa’s creative, cinematic genius.
GOSFORD PARK (2001) – SPARKLING BRITISH WHODUNIT
GOSFORD PARK (2001)-Running Time: 137 Min.
Wealthy English family seeks impending inheritance.
Stars Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Michael Gambon
Directed by Robert Altman.
GOSFORD PARK –Robert Altman, one of our most revered directors, succeeds again with a marvelously engaging 30’s mystery. Awealthy British couple invite numerous guests to their country mansion. Maggie Smith is a delight playing one of the honored guests. Gossip is rampant among the servants and guests when the Lord of the Manor turns up dead. A scintillating comedy-drama with a splendid cast guaranteed to entertain.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) – PALTROW’S OSCAR
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998): Running Time: 124 Min.
Shakespeare’s writing block is helped by the appearance of
Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench (Winner Academy Award).
Directed by John Madden.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, a romantic comedy with a star-filled cast, is a delight from start to finish. Shakespeare has writer’s block and wants to save a financially distressed theater with a hit play. Someway, somehow, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter will ultimately become the timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Judi Dench delivers a knockout performance.
THE SECRET GARDEN (1993) – Charming Mix of Magic and Mystery
THE SECRET GARDEN (1993)–101 Min.
Parents death in India send their daughter to England where she
meets unusual group of friends.
Stars Maggie Smith, Kate Maberly and Heydon Prowse.
Based on a novel by Frances Hodgon Burnett.
Directed by Agnieska Holland.
THE SECRET GARDEN, a rendition of the classic novel, is an enchanted tale of an orphaned young girl who discovers an abandoned garden on her uncle’s Yorkshire estate. There, she meets an invalid cousin she never knew. The girl restores the garden and discovers its magic powers. The cast is exceptional, especially, the outstanding performance of Maggie Smith.
LADIES IN LAVENDER (2004) – TWO BRITISH SUPERSTARS
LADIES IN LAVENDER (2004)-Running Time: 104 Min.
Two sisters rescue a young musician washed upon the Cornwall shore.
Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, David Warner
Directed by Charles Dance.
Ladies in Lavender showcases the two great Dames of British film and theatre, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Playing aging spinster sisters and sharing a cottage on the Cornwall coast, they lead quiet lives. Set in 1936, a violent storm washes up a young Polish Jewish violinist on their beach. The sisters save his life, but the local villager are suspicious. These two superb actors give amazing performances in this charming period piece.
IRIS (2001) – A FAMOUS LIFE
IRIS (2001) Running Time: 90 Min.
True story of writers Iris Murdoch and her husband, John Bayley.
Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville
Directed by Richard Eyre.
IRIS is the biographical drama of British writer, Iris Murdoch and her relationship with her husband, John Bayley. In an Oscar winning performance by Jim Broadbent as Bayley and another exceptional portrayal by Judi Dench as Murdoch, both actors play their roles movingly and superbly. This vibrant piece of cinema shares lives of major ups and downs in ways that will touch us all.
JANE EYRE (2011) – CLASSIC ROMANTIC TALE
JANE EYRE (2011)-Running Time 120 Min.
A young governess falls in love with her student’s father.
Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell
Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukanaga.
JANE EYRE, based on Charlotte Bronte’s world famous novel, is the familiar story of a naïve young governess who uncovers the dark secret of her employer whom she marries. This latest screen version, beautifully rendered, stars Mia Wisalkowski and Michael Fassbender brilliantly supported, in the role of the housekeeper, by the incomparable Judi Dench.
AKIRA KUROSAWA’S “THE BAD SLEEP WELL” (1960) – JAPANESE FILM NOIR
THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1960): Running Time: 151 Min.
An industrialist seeks revenge for his father’s death.
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
In Japanese with English subtitles.
THE BAD SLEEP WELL An industrialist seeks to avenge his father’s death, leading to tragedy, in this depiction of “feudal capitalism.” The Japanese corporate world is infused with cut-throat Samurai warrior-like values in this excellent film. Outstandingly directed in a modern setting, it is a film noir that rises to the level of a Shakespearean drama, and, truly, one of Kurosawa’s major artistic achievements,