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Special events and interviews


+ intro by Melanie Williams, University of East Anglia

In late-1960s San Francisco an unhappily married socialite (Julie Christie) finds solace with a world-weary surgeon.

We are delighted to announce that Melanie Williams, Reader in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, and a member of the project team for ‘Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema’, which is holding its conference at BFI Southbank 6-7 Sept 2017, will introduce this screening.

Image from Petulia

UK-USA 1968
Dir Richard Lester
With Julie Christie, George C Scott, Richard Chamberlain
Certificate 15

In late-60s San Francisco an unhappily married socialite (Christie) finds solace in the company of a world-weary surgeon (C Scott). An enigmatic combination of screwball comedy and romantic tragedy, with a fragmented narrative, stunning cinematography by Nicolas Roeg, and an eerie, mournful score, Petulia is an unconventional triumph that deserves to be better known.


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