One of the first Merchant-Ivory productions, Shakespeare Wallah establishes the tone for so many of their collaborations to come: the deft, multi-layered screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, luminous cinematography, a wry sense of humor, and a cast of characters rich in their very human complexity. The true story of Geoffrey Kendal and his family of traveling theatrical players is used as a fascinating lens into the ever-evolving colonial relationship between Great Britain and India. With music by the legendary Satyajit Ray and a memorable performance by Madhur Jaffrey (which earned her the Silver Bear award for Best Actress at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival). This unrated film is in English and lasts 120 minutes. Post-film Q&A with Director James Ivory, interviewed by John Farr, Founder, Bedford Playhouse
This screening is part of the Greenwich International Film Festival.
A dancer, singer, impressionist, and actor of unparalleled charisma, Sammy Davis Jr. began dazzling audiences at age three and never stopped until his death at 64. A star of stage and screen and member of the legendary Rat Pack, he broke racial barriers but paid a heavy price for it. Defying societal norms concerning interracial romance, religion, and political affiliation, Davis courted controversy many times, but always with grace and honesty. Following the film will be a Q&A with director Sam Pollard, interviewed by Bruce Fretts, New York Times freelance entertainment writer. This showing is part of the Greenwich International Film Festival.
The lineup of events for the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) was recently announced at a party for the 2018 program, which runs from May 31 through June 3 in Greenwich. The announcement party, held Tuesday at the Richards store in Greenwich, is for GIFF’s fourth year of film and philanthropy. GIFF is a social impact festival run by women, and nearly half of the films in the program are either written or directed by women. — This article, with many more pictures, originally was published by Greenwich Free Press. The Opening Night Film on May 31 will feature The Price of Everything, a documentary by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker, Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect). The film examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society.