Home from the Hill
Event #15

Home from the Hill

(35mm screening)

Prince Charles Cinema, 12 November 2017

On this year of Robert Mitchum’s centenary, we’re proud to return to the Prince Charles Cinema with a rare screening of Vincente Minnelli’s Home from the Hill on an immaculate 35mm print.

An elegiac American CinemaScope epic, pitched somewhere between a western and a melodrama, it is an overlooked masterpiece by one of the great directors, Vincente Minnelli.

Robert Mitchum gives one of his finest performances as the philandering, imperious patriarch Wade Hunnicutt, whose wealth and influence makes him the most powerful resident of a small Texan town. George Hamilton plays his son Theron, a boy struggling to become a man in his father’s overbearing shadow, and George Peppard plays Rafe, the farmhand who holds the key to some of the family’s secrets.

Although Home from the Hill came out hot on the heels of Minnelli’s terrific Frank Sinatra vehicle Some Came Running, which was nominated for 5 Oscars, and his musical Gigi, which won a record-breaking 9, including Best Director, it has been comparatively and unjustly forgotten.

An epic family saga in a mould not unlike GiantHome from the Hill was released at the turn of the 1960s and also stands alongside works like John Huston’s The Misfits and John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as one of the great epitaphs for Hollywood’s Golden Age, embodying its genres and star machine while also anticipating the weary pessimism, sexual frankness and psychological richness of the New Hollywood era. This rare 35mm screening is an opportunity to discover this great film the way it was supposed to be seen.

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