Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Directed by Karel Reisz
Call a novel "unfilmable," and the hypersensitive ears of directors everywhere prick up. Thus John Fowles’s 1969 postmodern Victorian tale became Reisz’s 1981 Academy Award nominee, with a screenplay by Harold Pinter and a turn by Meryl Streep as a woman of endless ambiguity. Dispensing with Fowles’s narrative musings, Pinter grafted on a contemporary frame: Streep and Jeremy Irons are actors making a movie of that very same Victorian romance—and, in a Method twist, having an affair. There’s more at stake for the 19th-century unfortunates than for the 20th-century thespians, but deep pools of feeling stand all over. Luckily, there’s also the Lyme Regis sea wall. Elina Mishuris (Nov 23, 24 and 27 at Lincoln Center, part of its Harold Pinter series)

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