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An exquisitely delicate film...Gish and Davis dominate the film, a lifetime of movie memories in each classic face.
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The Whales of August


Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

THE WHALES OF AUGUST (1987)
30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, AT THE TOWN CENTER, 7:30 PM
Q&A WITH PRODUCER MIKE KAPLAN

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 30th anniversary screening of
The Whales of August, a poignant drama featuring an all-star cast of actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Silent screen legend Lillian Gish and two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis play elderly sisters spending the summer on an island off the coast of Maine, struggling with jealousy, loss and regret. The supporting cast includes Ann Sothern, who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film, screen veterans Vincent Price (who co-starred with Davis in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex in 1939 and went on to become the master of horror for producer Roger Corman) and Harry Carey Jr., one of the favorite actors of director John Ford.

The film is adapted from a play by David Berry and was directed by Lindsay Anderson (the acclaimed British director of
This Sporting Life, If…, and O Lucky Man), making his American film debut. The lovely cinematography of the windswept New England coast is by Mike Fash, and Anderson’s frequent collaborator Alan Price provided the musical score. Margaret Ladd, Mary Steenburgen, and Tisha Sterling (Sothern’s daughter) portray the three women in flashbacks to their youth. The New York Times’ Vincent Canby wrote, “With its two beautiful, very different, very characteristic performances by Miss Gish and Davis… Lindsay Anderson’s Whales of August is a cinema event.” Leonard Maltin called it “an exquisitely delicate film,” adding that “Gish and Davis dominate the film, a lifetime of movie memories in each classic face.”

Producer Mike Kaplan is a long-term member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a marketing and sales veteran who first met Gish when he worked on her 1967 film,
The Comedians, early in his career. Over the years he consulted for many top directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, and Mike Hodges. He distributed Barbet Schroeder’s The Valley, A Bigger Splash, Welcome to L.A.; worked with director Hal Ashby; produced Hodges’ I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead starring Clive Owen and Malcolm McDowell, and Never Apologize, a documentary that recorded McDowell’s one-man stage show about his collaboration and friendship with Lindsay Anderson.

The film and Q&A will be followed by a bonus premiere screening of PEER TALK, the first, raw, revealing interviews with the five principal actors of THE WHALES OF AUGUST, filmed on location
in Maine at the time of the shoot.

Additional Awards for
The Whales of August:
BEST ACTRESS, Lillian Gish, National Board of Review

BEST FILM, National Media Awards
(FYI: This is the name given to the awards from The Retirement Research Association, a national organization.
Gene Siskel presented it. Driving Miss Daisy was runner-up).

Nominations Independent Spirit Awards: Lillian (best actress); Ann (supporting); Vincent (supporting actor)

Selected as "One of the Best Films of the Century" by the NY TIMES.

and from Michael Ventura's LA WEEKLY review:

BEST FILM OF THE YEAR…A MASTERPIECE

Played at

Town Center 5, 11.08.17 - 11.08.17

Genre: Anniversary Classics, Drama
Runtime: 91 min
Language: English

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Cast: Ann Sothern, Bette Davis, Harry Carey Jr., Lillian Gish, Margaret Ladd, Mary Steenburgen, Tisha Sterling, Vincent Price

Awards:
  • Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards