Film Club 2010: Back in the Habit
Let’s get this Film Club thing back on track. I’ve a mind to tackle ROBIN AND MARIAN, purely because it’s a favourite I haven’t watched in years — disgracefully, I’ve lectured on Richard Lester with nothing more than my young self’s memories of the film to guide me. And I don’t know about you, but my young self was a right berk.
What’s in it for you? I’m assuming some of you will have seen it, so you’ll be able to jump in and join the heated debate. And those of you who haven’t, you have time to grab it, by rental or purchase of (shudder) illegal download. I highly recommend it, based on my youthful memories: for your money you get a screenplay by the bloke who wrote THE LION IN WINTER (witty, philosophical, with charming use of anachronism), one of Sean Connery’s best performances, Audrey Hepburn in her return to the screen after a nine-year absence, plus an intimidating array of drunken men — Richard Harris, Robert Shaw, Nicol Williamson, Denholm Elliott. Fortunately Lester gave himself a break from Oliver Reed on this one.
This is, for most people, more a pleasing oddity than an all-time masterpiece, but hey, maybe it’s both. Anyhow, I liked it.
I propose January 29th (a Friday) for this cyber-shindig. I will post a biggish reflection in the morning, and everyone is invited to weigh in with their responses and their own ruminations.
US buyers: Robin and Marian
UK buyers: Robin And Marian [DVD]