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- TGI (Long Good) Friday!
British New-Wave Crime-Flicks Double Bill!
Bob Hoskins Double-Header!
See The Breakthrough Movie Role Of The Queen's Helen Mirren!
Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Handmade Films!
Friday October 18, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills
- THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY
- (1981, 114 mins, HandMade, Directed by John Mackenzie)
- "The Long Good Friday" is a British gangster movie starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren in what became breakthrough film roles for them both. The storyline weaves together events and concerns of the late 1970s, including mid-level political and police corruption, IRA fund-raising, displacement of traditional British industry by unscrupulous property developers, UK membership of what became the EU (European Union) and the free-market economy. The film had been shot in 1979 but ran foul of political cowardice of the time in entertainment companies. The corporate owner of the company that produced the film, longtime UK showbiz mogul Lew Grade, objected to what he saw as the glorification of the IRA. The film languished on the shelves until George Harrison snapped it up to be released by his nascent HandMade Films. It launched Hoskins and Mirren into the big time. The film also gave Pierce Brosnan his first screen time in the much-coveted role of "1st Irishman"
- MONA LISA
- (1986, 104 mins, HandMade, Directed by Neil Jordan)
- "Mona Lisa" is the acclaimed British neo-noir crime drama film about an ex-convict who becomes entangled in the dangerous life of a high-class call girl. It stars Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine, with co-stars Cathy Tyson and Robbie Coltrane ("Cracker" and "Nuns on the Run"). The film was co-written and directed by Neil Jordan. It was a key film for Jordan on his path to directing "The Crying Game", "Interview with the Vampire" and "Michael Collins". The film was nominated for multiple awards - and Bob Hoskins was nominated for several awards for his performance (including the Academy Award for Best Actor), winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Hoskins plays a tough but basically good-hearted British mob flunky, recently released from prison, where he'd served a term to cover up for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). His post-prison employment lands him in professional and personal turmoil. This role cemented Hoskins' growing reputation as a superb actor.
- On-Screen Participants:
- Pierce Brosnan • Michael Caine • Robbie Coltrane • Bob Hoskins • Helen Mirren • Cathy Tyson
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