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- Celebrate HandMade's 40th Anniversary With Classic Palin Film!
Written By "Beyond The Fringe" Alumni Alan Bennett!
Co-Starring Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith!
Saturday October 19, 2019 - 1:30 pm
Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills
- A PRIVATE FUNCTION
- (1984, 94 mins, HandMade, Directed by Malcolm Mowbray)
- A British couple's attempts to circumvent post-war food-rationing regulations trigger a chaotic series of events in this satirical comedy set in post-World War II England. The couple's scheme centers on a massive hog which has been illegally raised by a local farmer. Seeing a chance to capitalize on the nation's pork scarcity, the ambitious wife (a pre Downton Abbey Maggie Smith) convinces her mild-mannered husband (Michael Palin) to steal the pig. Unfortunately for them, a vigilant food inspector is on the prowl - determined to stop all such illegal activity. The couple's efforts to hide the pig provide much material for frantic and sometimes grotesque farce. Playwright Alan Bennett's acerbic wit targets the British class system and the wife's social ambitions. Wonderful British character actors in support - including Denholm Elliott, Richard Griffiths, Bill Paterson, Liz Smith, Alison Steadman and Pete Postlethwaite.
- On-Screen Participants:
- Denholm Elliott • Richard Griffiths • Michael Palin • Bill Paterson • Pete Postlethwaite • Maggie Smith
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