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Brooklyn Book Festival: Withnail and I

 
 
Thu, Sep 20, 2012
  • 7PM
 
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RUN TIME: 107 minutes
RATED: R
FORMAT: 35mm
GENERAL ADMISSION: $12
MEMBERS: $7
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
+  Followed by a discussion with frequent Paris Review illustrator Leanne Shapton, editor Lorin Stein, and deputy editor Sadie Stein
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Bruce Robinson | 1987

With Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Una Brandon-Jones

“It is uncompromisingly, sincerely, itself. It is not a lesson or a lecture, it is funny but in a consistent way that it earns, and it is unforgettably acted.”
—Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

BAMcinématek launches its new annual partnership with The Paris Review at this year’s Brooklyn Book Fair with a rare screening of Bruce Robinson’s semi-autobiographical directorial debut Withnail and I. The film follows the alcohol-fueled, darkly comic misadventures of a pair of unemployed actors, from their squalid flat in London to flamboyant uncle Monty's country estate, where they end up “on holiday by mistake.” Moving from hysterical, rapid-fire rants to poignant moments, Withnail is a gem of British comedy full of wit, angst, and surprising moments of tenderness.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with frequent Paris Review illustrator Leanne Shapton, editor Lorin Stein, and deputy editor Sadie Stein, who regard the cult classic as a perfect distillation of the magazine’s sensibility.

 
 
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