The Way We Were. Victorian England at the Cinema

FromGreat Expectations© Carlotta Films
Four weeks have been devoted to the theme of Victorian England at the Cinema.
Week one celebrates the wealth of British literature in the second half of the 19th century: Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray directed by Albert Lewin), Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book), Robert Louis Stevenson (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian) and George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion by Anthony Asquith, 1938).
Five screenings create a picture of Victorian society: its puritanism and its hypocrisy (Oscar Wilde by Gregory Ratoff), the violence between social classes and the consequences of industrialisation (How Green was my Valley by John Ford). The films Black Narcissus by Michael Powell and The Four Feathers by Alexander Korda take us across the British Empire from India to Africa.
The third week looks at the mysterious, darker side of British life: in the London fog, murderers and prostitutes, decadent aristocrats and depraved middle class characters meet and confront each other (Jack the Ripper by John Brahm). And behind the lofty windows of elegant homes, ghosts emerge straight from the subconscious of troubled characters (The Ghost and Mrs Muir by Joseph L. Mankiewicz). And of course there is the most famous detective of all, drug user and violinist, the immortal Sherlock Holmes (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes by Billy Wilder).
Finally, four screenings are devoted to Charles Dickens, whose bicentenary will be celebrated in 2012, with the famous David Lean adaptations of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist.

Programme subject to change

2 - 30 December 2011
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Albert Lewin
1945. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Albert Lewin based on the novel by Oscar Wilde
Cast: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury



Fri 2 December 2011 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
Lady Windermere's Fan
Ernst Lubitsch
1925. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Julien Josephson based on the novel by Oscar Wilde
Cast: May McAvoy, Ronald Colman, Irene Rich



Sat 3 December 2011 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
Pygmalion
Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard
1938. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: George Bernard Shaw, W.P. Lipscomb, Cecil Lewis
Cast: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr



Sat 3 December 2011 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
Jungle Book
Zoltan Korda
1942. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Laurence Stallings based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling
Cast: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen



Sun 4 December 2011 - 14h30
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

Recommended for families

 
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Rouben Mamoulian
1931. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Samuel Hoffenstein and Percy Heath based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Cast: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart



Sun 4 December 2011 - 17h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

The Victorians

 
Oscar Wilde
Gregory Ratoff
1960. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Jo Eisinger, Leslie Stokes, Sewell Stokes
Cast: Robert Morley, Ralph Richardson, Phyllis Calvert



Fri 9 December 2011 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
How Green Was My Valley
John Ford
1941. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Philip Dunne based on the novel of the same name by Richard Llewellyn
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp



Sat 10 December 2011 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
Gone to Earth
Michael Powell
1942. English, Fr subtitles

Written by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger based on the novel by Mary Webb
Cast: Jennifer Jones, David Farrar, Cyril Cusack



Sat 10 December 2011 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
Black Narcissus
Michael Powell
1943. English, Fr subtitles

Written by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger based on the novel by Rumer Godden
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Sabu, Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron



Sun 11 December 2011 - 14h30
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
The Four Feathers
Zoltan Korda
1939. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: A.E.W. Mason, R.C. Sherriff, based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason
Cast: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith



Sun 11 December 2011 - 17h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

In the Fog

 
The Ghost and Mrs Muir
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1947. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Philip Dunne based on the novel by R. A. Dick
Cast: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders



Fri 16 December 2011 - 20h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
The Innocents
Jack Clayton
1961. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: John Mortimer, William Archibald and Truman Capote based on Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde



Sat 17 December 2011 - 16h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Billy Wilder
1970. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
Cast: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely,

Geneviève Page, Christopher Lee



Sat 17 December 2011 - 19h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
Gaslight
Thorold Dickinson
1940. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Patrick Hamilton, A.R. Rawlinson, Bridget Boland
Cast: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell



Sun 18 December 2011 - 14h30
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

 
The Lodger
John Brahm
1944. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Barré Lyndon based on the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Cast: Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Laird Cregar



Sun 18 December 2011 - 17h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

Reading Dickens

 

 

 
David Copperfield
George Cukor
1932. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Hugh Walpole, Howard Estabrook based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Cast: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lewton, W.C. Fields



Tue 27 December 2011 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

Recommended for families
Free admission for children under 13

 
Oliver Twist
David Lean
1948. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Patrick Hamilton, A.R. Rawlinson, Bridget Boland
Cast: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell



Wed 28 December 2011 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

Recommended for families
Free admission for children under 13

 
Great Expectations
David Lean
1946. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: Anthony Havelock-Allan, Cecil McGivern, Kay Walsh based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Cast: John Mills, Jean Simmons, Alec Guinness



Thu 29 December 2011 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

Recommended for families
Free admission for children under 13

Due to a technical problem, the version that will be screened is that directed by Brian Desmond Hurst in 1951.

 
Scrooge
Henry Edward
1935. English, Fr subtitles

Screenplay: H. Fowler Mear based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carols
Cast: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop and Robert Cochran



Fri 30 December 2011 - 15h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

Recommended for families
Free admission for children under 13


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