Film Show: Secret People

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Date(s) - Tuesday 01/11/2022
7:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Primrose Hill Community Library


A neglected gem of British cinema

Starring Valentina Cortese, Serge Reggiani, Audrey Hepburn

Directed by Thorold Dickinson

UK     1952   91 minutes

Thorold Dickinson has often been overlooked in the history of British cinema, but his work holds an intriguing place alongside early Hitchcock and the films of Carol Reed and Michael Powell.

Secret People is both unsettling and unexpected as well as remarkably contemporary, and marks one of his finest achievements. The classic Ealing drama stars Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn in her first major role as an ingenue whose sister becomes ensnared in a web of intrigue and political assassination. Maria (Valentina Cortese) and Nora (Hepburn) flee the increasing danger of their southern European homeland and settle in London – but soon discover that they cannot leave the past behind.

Plus Exposure, a short film produced for the UN by Thorold Dickinson during the 1950s about child refugees after 1945 (9 minutes).

Introduced by Philip Horne and Peter Swaab.

Doors open 7.15pm, Introduction 7.45pm, Film 8.00pm
£8.00, in cash, including a glass of wine.
Tickets on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.

While we do not wish to insist upon it, given the current levels of Covid, we would request that people attending the film show kindly consider wearing a mask during the screening itself as a courtesy to others, thank you.