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Billy Liar - Wellington Film Society


Mon 17 Aug 2015, 6:15pm–7:50pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Members Free: $0.00
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Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, UK 1964) 94 mins PG

Billy Liar, first released in 1963, often seems less a British new wave front-runner than a charming nouvelle vague tagalong, a coltish little brother to Breathless, from an early glimpse of Julie Christie sashaying down a boulevard (swinging a stylish purse rather than Jean Seberg's Herald-Tribune) to the puzzling sight of Billy mugging Belmondo-style into a mirror when he's supposed to be searching for his grandmother's heart medicine... Christie has very little to do and does it radiantly, and Tom Courtenay remains one of the most inexplicable cases of early career stagnancy in English-language cinema. Marvelously alert to his surroundings while Billy pulls nervously ever inward, shifting between accents and class bearings with deft, piquant wit, Courtenay never tries to ingratiate himself with the audience. Billy is stubborn and not a little obtuse, but his escapist predicament is always poignantly clear, as is his helpless (and incongruous) complacency. - Jessica Winter, The Village Voice, 14 November 2000.

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