A Class of His Own: The Films of Jack Clayton

The Pumpkin Eater

A moving and immersive portrait of a marriage in crisis, starring Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch.

Image from The Pumpkin Eater

UK 1964
Dir Jack Clayton
With Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Maggie Smith
Certificate 12A

Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch excel as a dysfunctional husband and wife in this psychologically complex portrait of a turbulent marriage that ranks among the very best of 1960s arthouse cinema. Harold Pinter’s incisive script, Clayton’s considerate direction and a superb score from Georges Delerue skilfully immerse us in the emotional world of a woman on the edge.

The screening on Saturday 18 December will feature a pre-recorded intro by critic Lucy Scholes.