TOPSY TURVY

Presented by the Saltwater Film Society

A special introduction to Gilbert and Sullivan by the Saltwater Film Society at 1pm will precede the screening of  this acclaimed film.

From 1871 to 1896, Gilbert and Sullivan wrote 14 operettas that ruled the London theater and have influenced musical theater to this day. Director Mike Leigh brings the world of Gilbert and Sullivan to life in the dramatization of the staging of the legendary comic opera, THE MIKADO.

Taking place during the 15-month period between the disappointing first night of PRINCESS IDA and the premiere of the MIKADO, Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly portray the world-famous Victorian librettist William Schwenk Gilbert, and the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan who must overcome their differences to launch a major production. TOPSY TURVY is a lushly produced epic with bravura performances and an Oscar for costume design and makeup. Jim Broadbent won Best Actor at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. Members of the operetta's cast includes Shirley Henderson, Dorothy Atkinson, Martin Savage, Timothy Spall, and Kevin McKidd.

Noted for intimate character studies created in collaboration with his actors, director Mike Leigh has made his only period film using his unique production style of hiring and working with the actors first, and then writing the script. The result is a very detailed film with actors who truly understand  the characters they are playing.  The dialogue is consistently elegant and funny. "This is not grand opera in Milan. It is merely low burlesque in a small theatre on the banks of the River Thames," the task master Gilbert tells a stubborn actor.

Directed by Mike Leigh

Starring Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville

UK | 1999 | R | 160 min

A triumph. - Philadelphia Inquirer
 
It is one of the year's best films. - Chicago Sun-Times
 
A 160 minute work of sustained brilliance and delicacy. - Washington Post
 
A tribute to anyone who ever picked up a score, a pen, a paintbrush or a grease pencil - or a movie camera. - Charlotte Observer
 
Filled with delicious backstage drama, and superb actors reveling in the opportunity to play their 19th-century counterparts. - Newsweek
 

The Saltwater Film Society of mid coast Maine has invited lovers of cinema to share their interest in presenting, watching and talking about movies for over ten years. The group has presented a multitude of community events, ranging from silent films with live music to community conversations with the people behind the scenes of film.

Saltwater Film Society Website

Show Dates & Times:

10/19/14 - Sunday

1:00 pm,
Admission: 

$10/General admission, at the door

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