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OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR
1969, Paramount, 136 min, UK, Dir: Richard Attenborough

In this dazzling directorial debut from Richard Attenborough, a working class family is confronted with the unfathomable realities of World War I, after three brothers witness trench warfare first hand. This is no ordinary war film, however, as Attenborough injects humor, dazzling camera effects, and music into this otherwise stark reality. Thus by fusing the surreal with the factual, and juxtaposing savagely funny satire with quiet sorrow, Attenborough creates a powerful anti-war statement like no other. Based on the stage musical by the same name, OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR features a stellar cast that includes Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, John Gielgud, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Dirk Bogarde and Susannah York.


A ROOM WITH A VIEW
1985, Park Circus, 117 min, UK, Dir: James Ivory

Adapted from E.M. Forster’s best-known novel, A ROOM WITH A VIEW tracks English heroine Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) during and after a fateful trip to 1907 Florence. Trapped by the confines of Edwardian society, Lucy kindles a flame for the ardent, free-thinking George Emerson (Julian Sands). In order to accept married life back in the English countryside, however, she must quell her desire and leave George behind - until they meet again. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay, A ROOM WITH A VIEW is just as much an ode to inescapable feelings as to the red-tiled Renaissance roofs of Florence.


DOWNTON ABBEY
2019, Focus Features, 122 min, UK, Dir: Michael Engler

The worldwide phenomenon “Downton Abbey” becomes a grand motion picture event, as the aristocratic Crawley family and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England threatens to turn the natural order of the estate upside down, unleashing secrets and scandals that leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.


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