1944, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Lauren Bacall’s screen debut opposite Humphrey Bogart is one of the wittiest romances ever made, as well as a rousing Hawks adventure film. Bogie is a cynical fisherman in a French colonial port who tries to keep his nose out of WWII until Bacall wins his heart and awakens his idealism. Co-starring Walter Brennan as Bogie’s rum-soaked sidekick.

1956, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Douglas Sirk

Commonly acknowledged as one of pantheon director Douglas Sirk’s most sublime masterworks, this tale of two friends - rich, alcoholic Robert Stack and poor, sensible Rock Hudson (who also works for him) - runs the gamut of emotions, examining the consequences of the pair’s mutual love for radiant Lauren Bacall. But Sirk doesn’t stop there as he subtly explores, through back story and character, the loneliness and spiritual degradation caused by unchecked materialism. He also manages to skillfully sidestep soap opera cliches while still delivering glossy, superior popular entertainment. Dorothy Malone won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Stack’s promiscuous sister with a long-unrequited yen for Hudson.

2014, Picturehouse Entertainment, 165 min, UK, Dir: Simon Godwin

Director Simon Godwin makes his Royal Shakespeare Company debut with this modern-dress production from Stratford-Upon-Avon. Best friends Valentine (Michael Marcus) and Proteus (Mark Arends) become rivals after both fall in love with the Duke of Milan’s daughter, Silvia (Sarah MacRae), in the Bard’s timeless tale of friendship, romance, constancy and fickleness. “A superbly fleet-footed production of a play in which sunny comic exuberance is disconcertingly darkened by ominous shadows.” - The Daily Telegraph

Presentation begins with 15 minutes of an interview with RSC stage director Simon Godwin and an introduction to the play.

There will be a 20-minute intermission featuring short videos and interviews.

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