Friday Afternoon at the Movies!
The Silver Cinema Project
Hosted by Scarecrow Video
At the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center
18560 1st AVE NE #1, the southern-most building of the Shoreline Center
“The goal of the Silver Cinema project is to share our collection, one of the world’s largest film archives with the elder community, via screenings and discussions The types of film that we tend to show are golden age Hollywood classics of the 40’s and 50’s. Each screening is introduced by one of our movie experts, and informational fliers about each film are available for viewers to take with them.”
About Mrs. Miniver (from Wikipedia)
Mrs. Miniver is a 1942 American romantic war drama film directed by William Wyler, and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on the 1940 novel Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther, the film shows how the life of an unassuming British housewife in rural England is touched by World War II.
Plot: Kay Miniver (Greer Garson) and her family live a comfortable life at a house called ‘Starlings’ in Belham, a fictional village outside London. The house has a large garden, with a private landing stage on the River Thames at which is moored a motorboat belonging to her devoted husband Clem (Walter Pidgeon), a successful architect. They have three children: the youngsters Toby (Christopher Severn) and Judy (Clare Sandars) and an older son Vin (Richard Ney) a student at Oxford University. They have live-in staff: Gladys (Brenda Forbes) the housemaid and Ada (Marie De Becker) the cook.
As World War II looms, Vin returns from the university and meets Carol Beldon (Teresa Wright), granddaughter of Lady Beldon (Dame May Whitty) from nearby Beldon Hall. Despite initial disagreements—mainly contrasting Vin’s idealistic attitude to class differences with Carol’s practical altruism—they fall in love. Vin proposes to Carol in front of his family at home, after his younger brother prods him to give a less romantic but more honest proposal. As the war comes closer to home, Vin feels he must “do his bit” and enlists in the Royal Air Force, qualifying as a fighter pilot. He is posted to a base near to his parents’ home and is able to signal his safe return from operations to his parents by cutting his engines briefly as he flies over the house. Together with other boat owners, Clem volunteers to take his motorboat to assist in the Dunkirk evacuation.