Taylor’s best role ever…[the film is] filled with rich atmosphere and fine supporting players.
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Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: www.laemmle.com/ac.
This vivid film about the early life of celebrated Irish playwright Sean O’Casey was filmed on location in and around Dublin and showcases an extraordinary cast. Rod Taylor plays the title role, and the supporting cast includes Oscar winners Maggie Smith and Julie Christie early in their careers, along with British theater and film veterans Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans, Sian Phillips, and Flora Robson. The film was begun by Oscar-winning director John Ford, but when he fell ill the film was completed by Oscar nominee Jack Cardiff (Sons and Lovers). Pauline Kael wrote, “Compared to other movies about a famous writer’s youth, this one is highly intelligent,” and she added that Taylor “gives a surprisingly good performance as the brawling dreamer-hero.”
Joining us for a Q&A after the screening will be the film’s legendary editor, Anne V. Coates, who won an Oscar for her work on Lawrence of Arabia and has also edited such diverse, acclaimed films as The Horse’s Mouth, Becket, Murder on the Orient Express, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire, Out of Sight, What About Bob?, Unfaithful, and Erin Brockovich over the course of her long career. This screening is scheduled in conjunction with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award to Ms. Coates, which will be presented at the group’s gala awards dinner on January 9.
Genre: Anniversary Classics, Bio-pic, Drama
Runtime: 110 min
Director: Jack Cardiff, John Ford
Cast: Edith Evans, Flora Robson, Julie Christie, Maggie Smith, Michael Redgrave, Rod Taylor, Sian Phillips