Saturday, March 25
(1963, John Schlesinger) Angry Young Man meets Swinging London, as Tom Courtenay’s Walter Mitty-esque fantasy life and dreary North English real life get a sudden burst of sunshine with the arrival of thoroughly Modern Julie Christie – a free thinker with real plans for the future. 35mm. Approx. 98 mins.
“One of the great movies of the 1960’s…The film’s wide perspective and deep focus have an ethical import as well: they bestow on narrow, constricted lives the dignity and beauty of art…Although saturated with the cultural peculiarities of its time and place, this film is too alive to be a mere period piece. Mr. Courtenay’s performance, all nerves, ears and desperate rapid-fire charm, makes you worry about what will become of this lost boy. Ms. Christie, for her part, is a limpid icon of rebellious glamour. In spite of its bitter edge, Billy Liar is pure Ambrosia.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Quick-fire satire…Funny and unexpectedly poignant.”
– Dave Calhoun, Time Out (London)