Filmmaker Terence Davies in Person
Special Event Tickets $12
The Deep Blue Sea
Friday March 16 at 7pm
Terence Rattigan was the dominant British playwright in the years between the end of the war and the rise of the “angry young men” in the late 1950s, his work a British parallel to such postwar US playwrights as Tennessee Williams and William Inge: tales of characters torn between desire and the constraints of convention. This is fertile territory for Davies, as proved by his adaptation of Rattigan’s 1952 play The Deep Blue Sea. The protagonist is a woman who suffers after leaving her wealthy husband for a troubled ex-RAF pilot. The film features remarkable performances, particularly by Rachel Weisz in the lead. But it is also a tour de force for Davies, who brings the material to life with moody, evocative cinematography and a handful of impassioned wordless passages set to popular music from the period.
Directed by Terence Davies. With Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
UK 2011, 35mm, color, 98 min.