Fellow Film Club Members and Movie Buffs:

Our film club tribute to Paul Newman concludes this Friday, 09/11/09, as we screen MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE at CSL. Fall seems to have dropped in on us full force, and what perfect weather to get together and watch a movie. The film was directed by James Ivory. In his over 50 year career he has directed 34 films since 1957; movies like ROOM WITH A VIEW (1985), HOWARD’S END (1992), REMAINS OF THE DAY (1993), JEFFERSON IN PARIS (1995), and SURVIVING PICASSO (1996). He and his partner, Ismail Merchant, created one of the most successful production teams in movie history. Joanne Woodward was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in MRS. BRIDGE. Kyra Sedgewick was given rave notices as the Bohemian daughter. Watching this drama, I was reminded of other grand films about family, like LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. 

MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE (1990) @ 124 minutes. Directed by James Ivory.

The film stars Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Sean Leonard, Kyra Sedgewick, Blythe Danner, Simon Callow, and Austin Pendleton. Synopsis: A portrait of a strait-laced well-to-do Kansas couple during the decade before WWII, coping with the demands of their growing children, and the changes that begin to overtake them. Mrs. Bridge feels strongly that the world they have built together is crumbling brick by brick—but Mr. Bridge is resolute, a firm believer in the family, and his place at the head of the table.  Tagline: Divided by time and tradition. United by love and hope. The story of an unforgettable family.  


The Variety staff wrote, “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is an affecting study of an upper-crust Midwestern family in the late 1930s. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has adapted two Evan S. Connell novels into a taut script. Books Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969) painted (from each spouse’s point of view) a portrait of stuffy Kansas City lawyer Walter Bridge and his stifled wife, India, by a steady accretion of anecdotal detail. The screenplay presents a series of highly dramatic scenes in their lives, the payoffs among the novels’ hundreds of brief chapters.” In THE ROLLING STONE we read, “Newman and Woodward deliver lovingly detailed and bruisingly true performances that not only demand attention but richly reward it; a tale of the elegant and exacting anatomy of a marriage.”  The cinematograhy was done by Tony Pierce-Roberts, whom James Ivory has used on almost all his films. Another Ivory alumni and collaborator, Richard Robbins did the period musical score. Siskel & Ebert gave it “Two thumbs up!”


So join us this Friday, September 11, 2009, at the Center for Spiritual Learning, located in Tacoma at 206 North J. Street, on the corner of J street and Division. Many of us continue to gather early, around 6pm, downstairs in the kitchen area, for fellowship, the raffle, and a bite to eat. The Phantom Director and Farishta will have the food ready about 6:10pm. Those generous folks who wish can also bring extra goodies to share, beverages, bread, cheese, desserts. We will view a short at 7pm, with the feature, MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE screening immediately afterward. See you at the movies!






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