A Centennial Tribute To Laurence Olivier
Sunday, May 13 - Tuesday, May 15
& Sunday, May 20 - Wednesday, May 23
2007 marks the 100th birthday of one of the great actors of the 20th century. Laurence Olivier was a monstrous talent and brought it to bear in front of and behind the camera, as well as on and off the stage. With these series we offer a small sampling of his wide-ranging talent. With screenings of his directorial work (HENRY V and HAMLET) as well as his most famous roles interpreting literary characters (WUTHERING HEIGHTS and REBECCA), we celebrate Olivier’s intellectual strength, while also delving into some of his more interesting work as a character actor playing bad guys (MARATHON MAN), slimy hacks (THE ENTERTAINER), and police detectives (BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the full range of this stellar actor’s talent.
Film Descriptions, Dates & Showtimes
Sunday 5/13 at 2:00, 7:45
Double Feature w/Henry V
(1946) dir Laurence Olivier w/ Olivier [155 min]
After the success of his first Shakesperean film, HENRY V, Olivier tackled one of the Bard’s most troubled and difficult characters. His version of Hamlet emphasizes the melancholy in the Dane and brings to the screen a somber and personal vision of the play.
Sunday 5/13 at 5:00
Double Feature w/Hamlet
(1944) dir Laurence Olivier w/ Olivier, Leslie Banks, George Robey [137 min]
One of Olivier’s crowning achievements (literally and figuratively), HENRY V is the story of King Henry’s 15th century military campaign in France. The most artful of propaganda films, Olivier’s version emphasizes the passion of the British soldiers of the past in an effort to inspire those the present, then deep in World War II.
Monday 5/14 at 8:00
(1965) dir Laurence Olivier, John Dexter (uncredited) w/ Olivier, Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi [165 min]
Olivier’s final appearance in a big screen Shakesperean adaptation comes with this version of the most film noir of Shakespeare’s plays. Olivier stars as Othello, the Moorish king of Venice, who is connived into paroxysms of jealousy against his new bride Desdemona by the efforts of the scheming Iago.
Tuesday 5/14 at 5:00, 7:15, 9:30*
Please Note: This evening's 9:30 screening
is cancelled - We regret any inconvenience.
Bunny Lake Is Missing
(1965) dir Otto Preminger w/Olivier, Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, Martita Hunt [107 min]
It’s swinging London in the Sixties, and a recently arrived American woman (Lynley) reports that her daughter has been snatched from school… only the police can’t find any evidence that she ever actually existed. With Olivier as the sympathetic detective who tries to help her. An overlooked gem!
Sunday 5/20 at 1:30, 6:45
Double Feature w/ Marathon Man
(1972) dir Jospeh L. Mankiewicz w/Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews [138 min]
One of the most surprising and satisfying mystery films of the 70s, SLEUTH pits the formidable Olivier against the upstart Michael Caine in a battle of wits. Olivier plays Andrew Wyke, the aging husband of a woman who is the lover of Milo Tindle (Caine). Wyke invites Tindle to his country home and proposes a scheme to bilk the insurance company… but what are his real motives?
Sunday 5/20 at 4:15, 9:30
Double Feature w/Sleuth
(1976) dir John Schlesinger w/Dustin Hoffman, Larence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane [125 min]
A classic of 70s paranoid filmmaking, MARATHON MAN stars Dustin Hoffman as a schlubby grad student who gets in way over his head with covert government agents and Nazi fugitives. Olivier plays Szell, the Nazi in question, who is trying to smuggle diamonds out of the US and has a nasty aptitude for torture.
Monday 5/21 at 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
(1940) dir Alfred Hitchcock w/Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson [130 min]
The mother of all gothic romances, REBECCA stars Olivier as Max de Winter, a wealthy widower, who falls in love with a naïve young woman (Fontaine) while still in mourning for his former wife, Rebecca. The couple marries and returns to Manderlay, his family estate, but the “second Mrs. De Winter” soon finds that the spirit of Rebecca still has a strong hold on the house and its residents.
Tuesday 5/12 at 8:00, 10:00
(1960) dir Tony Richardson w/Olivier, Brenda De Banzie, Roger Livesey, Joan Plowright, Alan Bates, Albert Finney [96 min]
" In a seedy seaside music hall, Laurence Olivier’s washed-up songand- dance man Archie Rice symbolically stands in for England, finding solace only with daughter Joan Plowright." (Film Forum, NYC)
Garnered Olivier his 6th of 10 Oscar nominations.
Wednesday 5/23 at 5:00, 7:15, 9:30
(1939) dir William Wyler w/Merle Oberon, Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson, Geraldine Fitzgerald [103 min]
This definitive version of Emily Bronte’s classic novel is amongst the most romantic movies of all time. Olivier plays Heathcliff, a foundling who is raised by the residents of Wuthering Heights and whose fate becomes entwined with the daughter of the house, Cathy (Oberon). Characterized by its moody black-and-white style, WUTHERING HEIGHTS won the great cinematographer Gregg Toland (Citizen Kane) his only Oscar.