Careers in the Twilight Years

This week Saturday Night at the Movies looks at two men - a theatrical actor and a writer  - in the twilight of their careers.

The Dresser (1983)

8:03 pm

The film follows a touring stage company during the London Blitz. The events are having a toll on the troupe, especially Sir, the lead actor, who's beginning to blur reality and drama. The only salvation for Sir is his dresser Norman, who often brings the actor back from the brink and binds the troupe together. Peter Yates directs this love letter to the theatre, which stars Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. Based on the Ronald Harwood play.

 

Curtain Calls: The Interviews

10:05 pm
The Interviews explores the struggles people face when their careers reach the twilight years in the films The Dresser (1983) and Starting Out in the Evening (2007). Featuring discussions with directors Peter Yates and Andrew Wagner, as well as actors Frank Langella and Eileen Atkins.

Starting out in the Evening (2007)

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Aging author Leonard Schiller hasn't written a book in years. Holed up in his NYC apartment, he attempts to write, but struggles. When a young university student decides to write her thesis on his work, he realizes she may be exactly what he needs to finally complete his next novel. Starring Frank Langella in an understated performance, the film was written and directed by Andrew Wagner.

Curtain Calls: The Interviews (Repeat)

12:25 am
The Interviews explores the struggles people face when their careers reach the twilight years through the films The Dresser (1983) and Starting Out in the Evening (2007). Featuring discussions with directors Peter Yates and Andrew Wagner, as well as actors Frank Langella and Eileen Atkins.

Georgy Girl (1966)

12:50 am

Georgy, an overweight, frumpy woman, shines whenever she's with kids. She's a natural nurturer. But her personal life isn't so great - she's in love with her roommate's boyfriend, while her father's boss pines for her. When her roommate gets pregnant, she vows to care for the child, but at what cost? Starring Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates and James Mason, the film was directed by Silvio Narizzano. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

2:30 am

The film follows the story of Sir Thomas More, the man who wasn't swayed by King Henry VIII's request to divorce his first wife Catherine of Aragon (who didn't produce a male heir) and marry Anne Boleyn. But Henry will stop at nothing to get what he wants resulting in tragic results for More. Starring Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw and Orson Welles. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning six.

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