Rattigan and Steinbeck Adaptations Among October’s Classic Reel 13 Offerings on THIRTEEN
Prolific British playwright Terence Rattigan adapted his own hit 1954 play, “Separate Tables,” for the 1958 screen version which kicks off the month’s Reel 13 offerings on October 5. The story of residents of a British seaside hotel stars Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, and in their Oscar-winning roles, David Niven and Wendy Hiller.
On October 19, the 1967 version of Frederick Knott’s hit Broadway play, which had starred Lee Remick and Robert Duvall, airs with Audrey Hepburn in Remick’s role of a blind woman menaced by three con-men in her New York apartment.
The great stage actress Julie Harris passed away on August 24. On October 12, in tribute to her, Reel 13 presents Elia Kazan’s classic adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” starring James Dean and Harris.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
“Separate Tables” (1958) Dir: Delbert Mann
An alleged war hero (David Niven), a spinster (Deborah Kerr) and other guests interact at a seaside resort. Based on Terence Rattigan’s play. With Rita Hayworth, Burt Lancaster, and Wendy Hiller.
“Shun Li and the Poet” (2011) Dir: Andrea Segre
A Chinese immigrant in Venice forms an unlikely friendship with an old fisherman. With Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini
“East of Eden” (1955) Dir: Elia Kazan
James Dean stars in Steinbeck’s drama of two brothers’ love for the same woman. With Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, and Jo Van Fleet.
“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” (2011) Dir: Annie Howell, Lisa Robinson
A young woman comes to terms with motherhood in the age of technology. With Anna Margaret Hollyman, Josephine Clausen, and Corey Deckler
“Wait Until Dark” (1967) Dir: Terence Young
Intruders search a blind woman’s Greenwich Village apartment for a heroin-filled doll. Based on Frederick Knott’s play. With Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Richard Crenna.
“Lbs.” (2004) Dir: Matthew Bonifacio
A 315-pound man decides to kick his food addiction by moving to the country. With Carmine Famiglietti, Michael Aronov, and Miriam Shor.
“Raising Arizona” (1987) Dir: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
When they’re unable to conceive a child of their own, a petty crook (Nicolas Cage) and his wife (Holly Hunter) kidnap a quintuplet. With John Goodman and Trey Wilson.
“The Day I Saw Your Heart” (2011) Dir: Jennifer Devoldère
An unexpected pregnancy threatens to tear a family apart, but just might bring them closer together than ever before in this emotional family drama. With Mélanie Laurent, Michel Blanc, and Florence Loiret Caille.
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