This thoroughly entertaining course surveys the best in British films across more than three decades. It ranges in scale from a two-character romance to an epic historical drama, and in subject matter from exotic culture clash to spellbinding mystery to knockabout farce. It features international-level talent on both sides of the camera, reflected in the 16 Oscar nominations (and six Oscars) that these films received. Interviews, documentaries and behind-the-scenes anecdotes will enhance your enjoyment.

Brief Encounter (1945) In this touching, intimately scaled drama, written by Noël Coward and directed by David Lean, two married people who meet by chance undergo a romance that changes their lives, in spite of its brevity. Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard portray the lovers.
Black Narcissus (1947) The brilliant producer/director/writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger created this uniquely atmospheric and suspenseful drama about a group of English nuns who seek to establish a mission in the remote and forbidding Himalaya mountains. Deborah Kerr, David Farrar and Sabu head the cast of a picture that won Oscars for art direction and cinematography.
The Third Man (1949) A naïve American writer becomes entangled in a sinister international plot when he arrives in postwar Vienna to see an old friend, in this classic mystery. Graham Greene’s brilliant script was filmed on location under Carol Reed’s direction. Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard head the cast.
Barry Lyndon (1975) Master director Stanley Kubrick recreated the elegant world of eighteenth-century Europe in this stunning beautiful epic tale. Based on the celebrated 1844 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, it charts the rise and fall of a ruthlessly ambitious young Irishman. Ryan O’Neal and Marisa Berenson head the cast of a film that received seven Oscar nominations (including picture and director) and won for cinematography, art direction, costumes and adapted music score.
The Ladykillers (1955) The last of the marvelous comedies produced by Ealing Studios and starring Alec Guinness, this delightful black farce follows a group of not-too-bright crooks, planning a bank robbery, whose plans are jeopardized by the sweet old lady who runs the boarding house that’s their base of operations. Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom and Cecil Parker costar.

5 Tuesdays
April 23 to May 21, 2019 @ 1:00
Fee: $110

This course takes place in the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. To register, please call 204 475 0483, drop by the store, or log on to and click on Community Classroom. Please note that contents, fees and dates are subject to change.