Harold Pinter: Comedies of Menace & Quiet Desperation

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November 22 – 28

As Pinter's magnum opus Betrayal plays on Broadway, we give New Yorkers a chance to sample some of the best film adaptations of works by post-war Britain's greatest playwright, as well as films based on his own original screenplays and adaptations of other writers' work.

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In This Series

Accident

Accident

Joseph Losey | 1967 | 35mm | 105 mins

A visually dazzling, time-shifting drama of tangled personal relationships and quietly vicious infighting between two Oxford professor frenemies (Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker) who’ve both had affairs with a student (Jacqueline Sassard).

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The Birthday Party

William Friedkin | 1968 | 35mm | 123 mins

Seaside boarding-house lodger Robert Shaw is terrorized and broken down by two menacing strangers (Patrick Magee and Sidney Tafler) who throw him a birthday party—even though it isn’t his birthday.

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The Caretaker

The Caretaker

Clive Donner | 1964 | 35mm | 105 mins

Aston (Robert Shaw) invites a tramp named Davis (Donald Pleasence) to stay at Mick’s (Alan Bates) house, and the brothers use the poor man as both a shield and a weapon.

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Karel Reisz | 1981 | 35mm | 123 mins

In Pinter’s metamovie, the story of a Victorian fossil-collector (Jeremy Irons) drawn into an affair with a scarlet woman (Meryl Streep) is interspersed with scenes of the making of the film in which actors Mike (Irons) and Anna (Streep) begin an affair of their own.

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The Go-Between

The Go-Between

Joseph Losey | 1971 | 35mm | 118 mins

An elderly man (Michael Redgrave) recalls the traumatic events one summer on a country estate in 1900, when as a 13-year-old boy he secretly delivered letters between two lovers (Julie Christie and Alan Bates).

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The Homecoming

The Homecoming

Peter Hall | 1973 | 35mm | 114 mins

Philosophy professor Michael Jayston brings wife Vivian Merchant (then Mrs. Pinter) home to visit his estranged family—a brutish and quietly malevolent bunch (father Paul Rogers, uncle Cyril Cusack, brothers Ian Holm and Terence Rigby).

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The Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon

Elia Kazan | 1976 | 130 mins

Pinter’s adaptation of Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel about a Hollywood production head undone by a romantic obsession and the complications of studio politics stars Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Tony Curtis…

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The Pumpkin Eater

The Pumpkin Eater

Jack Clayton | 1964 | 110 mins

Anne Bancroft plays a woman with six children and another on the way who suffers a breakdown when lecherous James Mason tells her that new husband Peter Finch is unfaithful in this magnificent film of hushed resignation and anguish.

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The Servant

The Servant

Joseph Losey | 1963 | 115 mins

Upper class James Fox hires manservant Dirk Bogarde but when Tony’s girlfriend (Wendy Craig) threatens his supremacy within the household, he sets his sluttish girlfriend (Sarah Miles) to work.

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Turtle Diary

Turtle Diary

John Irvin | 1985 | 35mm | 96 mins

In this adaptation of Russell Hoban’s novel, lonely bookseller Ben Kingsley and single children’s author Glenda Jackson are brought together by their mutual longing to liberate the turtles at the zoo aquarium, aided by zookeeper Michael Gambon.

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