See this film retrospective: Jack Clayton: Between Innocence and Experience @ the HFA

Room at the Top (1959)

You probably know the movies, made in Britain and Hollywood over the course of three decades, but you might not recognize the director's name. The Harvard Film Archive rectifies that with their retrospective series Jack Clayton: Between Innocence and Experience. It starts tonight with two of his masterpieces from the British New Wave. In Room at The Top (1959; Friday, June 15 @ 7 pm), Laurence Harvey plays an angry young man and aspiring cad who seeks upward mobility by wooing the boss's daughter but gets sidetrack by a married woman - since she's played by Simone Signoret, you can hardly blame him. Also screening is The Innocents (1961; Friday @ 9:30 pm), based on Henry James's ghost story The Turn of the Screw, which is one of the best adaptations of James on screen, and one of cinema's creepiest depictions of childhood. The Archive is in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge | $9; $7 students; seniors |


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