Saturday, March 3, 2012
|6:00 p.m.||Mr. & Mrs. Bridge|
James Ivory (U.S., 1990)
Archival Print !
James Ivory’s adaptation combines two beloved books by Evan S. Connell. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward play Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, an upper-class couple living in Kansas City in the 1930s and 40s. Trapped by a strict sense of decorum, they live emotionally isolated from each other and from their children. Order is kept by a constant vigilance, unpleasant events are stared down, tragic ones ignored or trivialized. And yet both Bridges glimpse another way to live. India takes painting classes, while Walter sings “Stout-Hearted Man” in his car. This subtle, compassionate film retains the episodic nature of the book, while humanizing the characters.
• Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the books by Evan S. Connell. Photographed by Tony Pierce-Roberts. With Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Margaret Welsh, Robert Sean Leonard. (124 mins, Color, 35mm, From George Eastman House, permission James Ivory)