Hyde Park on Hudson

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Hyde Park on Hudson
Roger Michell, 2012
UK | 95 minutes

Director Roger Michell and writer Richard Nelson in person for 10/13 screening!

Bill Murray provides a career-topping performance as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in this captivating, winningly acted comedy-drama that pulls back the curtain on the complicated domestic arrangements at FDR’s beautiful New York country estate. Told from the perspective of Roosevelt's neighbor and intimate Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney), a member of the president's inner circle of women, Hyde Park on Hudson revolves around the royal visit of King George VI (yes, him again!) to the United States on the eve of World War II. In a film both buoyantly comic and inescapably serious, screenwriter Richard Nelson and director Roger Michell (Persuasion, Venus) subtly examine the tricky dynamics of the chief executive's relationships with his wife, mother and devoted female staff while also taking stock of his ego, shrewd manipulations and consummate ability to win people's favor and confidence—most notably in the case of the insecure young king. It's an entrancing peek at a time when the personal secrets of our leaders were well and truly kept. A Focus Features release.

Series: NYFF50: Main Slate

Venue: Francesca Beale Theater, Alice Tully Hall

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