April showers were over on May Day, which keeps you smiling until the next May cloudburst. So May has arrived and we will hug it to death. This Friday, May 6, 2011, the Tacoma Film Club will have its first screening this month; we’ll be watching IMPROMPTU (1991). The movie was directed by James Lapine, celebrated Broadway stage director, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He has been a frequent collaborator with Stephen Sondheim. The script was written by Lapine’s wife, Sarah Kernochan. who also wrote the scripts for NINE 1/2 WEEKS (1986), and SUMMERSBY (1993).
The lush and moody cinematography was done by Bruno de Keyzer, who also shot ROUND MIDNIGHT (1986), LITTLE DORRIT (1988), THE RAILWAY STATION MAN(1992), and IN THE ELECTRIC MIST (2006).
Hal Hinden of the WASHINGTON POST wrote: Judy Davis makes her entrance as if she were straddling a cyclone.”
Directed by James Lapine @ 107 minutes.
The film stars Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Julian Sands, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, and Emma Thompson.
Synopsis: A smart sassy comedy set in 1830’s France, where a very determined, lusty, dynamic young woman sets her romantic cap for the composer Frederic Chopin.
Tagline: “A celebration of romantic love.” and “He is about to fall in love with the most scandalous woman of his time.”
“A terrific movie.”–Liz Smith, NEWSDAY.
“Two thumbs up.”–Siskel and Ebert.
George Sand: I am not full of virtues and noble qualities. I love. That is all–but I love strongly, exclusively, and steadfastly.”
So join us this Friday, May 6, 2011, at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, street level, across from the Theater in the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s theater district–when we celebrate this month’s theme: “Strong women.” Look for our large TFC banner hanging out front. Arrive early, around 6:15 p.m. and enjoy a prepared meal and some excellent fellowship with the other early comers. We will continue with the TFC Raffle, selling tickets for a dollar, with the winners receiving either 40% of the gathered funds, or a fine DVD from my personal collection. IMPROMPU will screen at 7:15 p.m., and it runs 107 minutes, so the fun will be over around 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!