New and classic films from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India and South Africa
February 15-21, 2019
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Introduced by board member Tony Broadbent.
Esteemed British director Mike Leigh brings to life one of the bloodiest and darkest episodes in British social history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of August 16, 1819. Representatives of the Tory government ordered a regiment of regular cavalry, abetted by local mounted militia and hundreds of infantry and special constables, to charge, sabers drawn, into a working-class crowd of 60,000 who had gathered for an entirely peaceful rally—calling for reform of the parliamentary system—in St Peter’s Field, Manchester, England. Bands played “Rule Britannia” and “God Save the King.” Banners spoke of “Liberty and Fraternity. But the authorities feared an outbreak of violence that might foment bloody revolution. The storming of the Bastille that sparked the French Revolution and the ensuing “Terror” and the American Revolutionary War were all within living memory. Eighteen people killed; more than 650 severely injured. The brutal “Peterloo Massacre”—named by a local newspaper, to echo Britain’s defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo — triggered a national outcry that proved to be a turning point in the slow, but inexorable evolution of British democracy. This is Mike Leigh’s largest cinematic canvas to date, and he uses a notable ensemble cast headed by Maxine Peake and Rory Kinnear. Immersive, impassioned, meticulously crafted, the film brims with contemporary relevance. Why is Peterloo important? Because people died there, simply, for asking for the right to vote. UK 2018 (154 minutes)
Introduced by Maxine Peake and Tony Broadbent. Miss Peake will be interviewed following the screening by Maxine Einhorn.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Playing at: Vogue TheatreBUY TICKETS
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Discounts go to members of the San Francisco Film Society, the Fromm Institute, the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and people 65 and over.