At a fading resort on the coast of a fading empire, fading music-hall performer Archie Rice (Laurence Olivier) holds on to the feeble dregs of an undistinguished career, wheedling, lying, scheming, and upsetting his long-suffering family to do it. Director Tony Richardson’s adaptation of John Osborne’s play ducks any staginess thanks to the rich texture of backstage life and the real seaside resort of Morecambe, and the deep bench of acting talent, both veteran (Powell and Pressburger favorite Roger Livesay) and rising (Joan Plowright, Alan Bates, and Albert Finney in early roles). But Olivier is the star of the show on every level. -LG
Saturday, March 19 11:30am;
Monday, March 21 7pm
1960 Dir. Tonly Richardson. 1.66:1 B&W DCP 107 min.