Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:


The Producer’s theme for this month is : Identity & Memory; Am I who I remember, or who I forgot.


March appears to be the NW lamb, gentle, warmish, meek, blossoming. Still I mistrust it, for there still is a month or so of winter left, blossoms can wither with frost, commutes can become complicated with black ice–but in the meantime the air in my backyard is full of tulip tree scent & tennis shoes have come out of the closet.


Join us, the Tacoma Film Club, this Friday for a screening of IRIS (2001).


It was directed by Richard Eyre, an acclaimed Theater director, winner of five Laurence Olivier Theatre awards, & several London Critic’s Circle awards for his productions of KING LEAR, and GUYS & DOLLS, nominated for two Tony Awards on Broadway,


who also has found time to direct 21 films since 1981, including THE PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH (1983), STAGE BEAUTY (2004), NOTES ON A SCANDAL (2006), & THE OTHER MAN  (2008).


The cinematography was done by Roger Platt, who has lensed 45 films since 1980, including THE MEANING OF LIFE (1983), BRAZIL (1985), MONA LISA (1986), PARIS BY NIGHT (1988), BATMAN (1989), THE FISHER KING (1991), SHADOWLANDS (1993), TWELVE MONKEYS (1995), CHOCOLAT (2000), & TROY (2004).


The music was written by the prodigious James Horner, who has composed for 157 films since 1978, including WOLFEN (1981), STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN (1982), THE DRESSER (1983), COCOON (1985), ALIENS (1986), WILLOW (1988), GLORY (1989), PATRIOT GAMES (1992), SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER (1993), LEGENDS OF THE FALL (1994), BRAVEHEART (1995), COURAGE UNDER FIRE (1996), TITANIC (1997), THE PERFECT STORM (2000), A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001), TROY (2004), THE NEW WORLD (2005), THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS (2008), & AVATAR (2009).


Iris Murdoch: Education doesn’t make you happy. And what is freedom? We don’t become happy just because we are free, if we are. Or because we have been educated, if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears. Tells use where delights are lurking. Convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever: that of the mind. And give us the assurance, the confidence, to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers.


IRIS (2001)

Directed by Richard Eyre @ 91 minutes.

The film stars Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, & Hugh Bonneville.

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Synopsis:  This is the true story of famous novelist Iris Murdoch, & her husband, John Bayley; juxtaposing their romantic youth against the Present where she is battling Alzheimer’s, & he must step up as caretaker.


This won an Oscar for Jim Broadbent as Best Supporting Actor.

Tagline: Her greatest talent was for life.

TRIVIA:  This is only the second film to have two actors nominated for an Oscar playing the same part–the other being TITANIC (1997). Although Dame Judi Dench is no stranger to this process–having been nominated for an Oscar as Queen Elizabeth I in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998), the same year Cate Blanchett was nominated for playing the Queen in ELIZABETH (1998). Of course, they both went on to work with director Richard Eyre in NOTES ON A SCANDAL in 2006.


Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 79% Critic’s Approval & 74% Audience Approval.

Gina Cabone of SEACOAST NEWSPAPERS wrote: “Some films, like some people, grow more dear to one’s heart with time–IRIS is such a film”.

So do yourselves a favor & mark your calendars for this Friday, March 6, 2015, & join us for a screening of IRIS (2001). It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our events, parties, & meetings. It is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, across from the Group Health Hospital.

Arrive early, around 6:30 p.m., & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine & beer, to share with others. Please remember to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to enjoy the movie. There is no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary during the screening.

There will be a Donation Box upstairs by the entrance to the sanctuary. All donated funds will go to pay the rent for the space, & other Club expenses, such as membership & business cards, flyers, etc. By far our biggest expense is for an annual Screening License that allows us to show films to the public.

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Diane Jensen will have the 2015 TFC Membership Cards available. The cost remains low, at $20.00; the same for 12 years now. This year the card is graced with Lauren Bacall. IRIS will screen at 7:15 p.m. & it runs 91 minutes,  so it will be over before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!


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