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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

Imitation Game

February 13, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

The Imitation Game is a 2014 film based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as real-life British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during the Second World War. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance and Mark Strong also star. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Knightley) and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning the latter. (114 min.)

 

Forest Gump

March 13, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Forrest Gump is a 1994 film based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. Tom Hanks stars as Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events in modern US history. Other stars include Robin Wright as Jennie, the love of his life, Sally Field as his mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; and Mykelti Williamson as Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue, his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp. The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Hanks). (142 min.)

 

 

Wuthering Heights

April 10, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Wuthering Heights is a 1970 film based on the classic Emily Brontë novel of the same name. Catherine (Anna Calder-Marshall) is the daughter of the lord of the manor who falls for the brooding stable boy Heathcliff (Timothy Dalton). As the two grow up, they spend endless days exploring the sprawling moors of Yorkshire, eventually discovering in each other a fiery, powerful love. When Heathcliff leaves to seek his fortune, he returns to find Catherine has married the local magistrate Edgar (Ian Ogilvy), and a violent fury consumes his soul. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. (104 min.).

 

Henry V

May 8, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Henry V is a 1944 adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It stars Laurence Olivier, who also directed. The setting shifts between a stage of the Globe Theater, stylised film sets, and realistic, outdoor scenery. The story focuses on the young Henry, who is determined to bring France under English control once again. Henry leads his troops through several battles in France, culminating in the Battle of Agincourt. Henry then woos Catherine of Valois, daughter of the defeated French King Charles VI. (136 min.)