Friday, 14 April 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 116: Thu Apr 27

Housekeeping (Forsyth, 1987): Cinema Museum, 7.30pm


This is a 35mm screening presented by 'Celluloid Sorceress' Nikki Williams. The film's editor Michael Ellis will be joining Williams to discuss Housekeeping, his work with director Bill Forsyth and other aspects of his 50-year career.

Chicago Reader review:
In his first American picture (1987) Scottish director Bill Forsyth adapts Marilynne Robinson's acclaimed novel about two orphaned sisters (played by Sara Walker and Andrea Burchill) who share their ramshackle house with their eccentric aunt (Christine Lahti). The setting is the Pacific northwest in the 1950s, and Forsyth does a remarkable job with period detail and the beautiful natural settings, assisted by his own UK crew of cinematographer Michael Coulter, production designer Adrienne Atkinson, costume designer Mary-Jane Reyner, and editor Michael Ellis. But the most impressive thing about this haunting fable is Forsyth's fluidity and grace as a storyteller, which gives this understated tale some of the resonance one associates with Terrence Malick's Badlands and Days of Heaven. The story suggests a kind of feminist version of Huckleberry Finn, with the sisters playing Huck and Tom to their aunt's Jim; the performances by all three actresses are impeccable. A film to be savored rather than gulped.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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