Friday, February 22

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The Bostonians

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Friday, February 22 & Saturday, February 23

1984 • dir James Ivory w/Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Reeve, Madeleine Potter, Jessica Tandy, Linda Hunt • 122 min • DCP

Boston, 1876: At a Women’s Movement meeting, fiercely independent Olive (Redgrave) becomes mentor to gifted young orator Verena (Potter) – who soon attracts the amorous attentions of Olive’s Southern cousin Basil (Reeve). The legendary team of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala explores the subtle power struggles between sex, class, and the Women’s Movement at the heart of Henry James’ classic novel with delicate precision and a marvelous sense of social milieu.

“‘The Bostonians’ is, from its opening shot to last, a rare delight, a high comedy with tragic undertones, acted to passionate perfection by a cast of the best actors ever assembled by the Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala team.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times

“Vanessa Redgrave is Olive Chancellor incarnate… illuminating the rich, introverted Boston suffragette at the heart of Henry James’ brilliant novel with fine intelligence and quiveringly passionate fervor.” – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

“‘The Bostonians’ is intelligent and subtle and open to the underlying tragedy of a woman who does not know what she wants, a man who does not care what he wants, and a girl who does not need what she wants.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Ticket Information:

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Friday 2/22
at 4:30, 7:00 PM
Saturday 2/23
at 4:30, 7:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.