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|'The Winslow Boy'
To Screen May 18-21
MAILED: May 4, 2000
"The Winslow Boy," David Mamet's 1999 film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's celebrated play, will screen at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire May 18-21.
Called "a ravishing romance, one of the best and most provocative movies of the year" (Rolling Stone), the film will be presented Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
Rattigan's 1946 drama, based on a celebrated British court case of 1910, is a tribute to the ideals of justice. As adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and filmmaker David Mamet, the story emphasizes the central household and the values embodied by its members notably the stern, compassionate patriarch (Nigel Hawthorne); the adult daughter Catherine (Rebecca Pidgeon), a suffragette; and young Ronnie, a cadet at the Royal Naval College.
When Ronnie is expelled summarily from school for stealing a charge he denies the family engages the celebrated conservative lawyer Sir Robert Morton (Jeremy Northam) to press for the hearing the boy has been denied. An unprecedented challenge to the authority of the crown, the seemingly trivial case becomes a national cause celebre and requires the Winslow boy's family to makes enormous financial and personal sacrifices to win him his day in court and "Let Right Be Done."
"A story like this, when done badly, is about plot. When done well, it is about character," wrote critic Roger Ebert. "In a lesser film, we would be required to get involved in the defense of young Ronnie Winslow, and there would be a big courtroom scene and artificial suspense and an obligatory payoff. Mamet doesn't make films on automatic pilot, and Rattigan's play is not about who is right but about how important it is to be right ..... The real drama isn't about poor little Ronnie but about the passions he has unleashed in his household."
Rated G, the 110-minute film will be presented via DVD projection.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students.
The film is cosponsored by the International Film Society and the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 4, 2000