Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 193: Thu Jul 13

Boxcar Bertha (Scorsese, 1972): Prince Charles Cinema, 3.55pm

This 35mm presentation also screens on July 5th (information here) and is part of Scorsese 80s season at the Prince Charles (details here).

Time Out review:
Superior formula stuff, injected with a rare degree of life by enthusiastic direction that occasionally tries for virtuosity and succeeds, and by a neat performance from Barabara Hershey that avoids the yawning traps in the script (built-in sex sequences, the she-loved-her-man theme in general). She plays Bertha, the Arkansas farm girl who hits the road, with the right degree of matter-of-factness and a lot of humour. The film traces the alienation of Bertha, a trade unionist she meets, a black friend of his, and a small-time Yankee conman - slipping into crime, stealing from the railroad bosses, and sending part of the haul back to the railway union. Produced by Cormans Roger and Julie, from the memoirs of the real Bertha Thompson.
Verina Glaessner

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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