MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES RETURN WITH SUMMER SERIES AT
RINGLING MUSEUM’S HISTORIC ASOLO THEATER
Sarasota, FL — July 18, 2012 — The affordable and hugely popular “Monday Night Movies” series returns this summer to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art with Five Films from 50 Years of Merchant Ivory. Producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory hailed for their elegant literary adaptations captivated audiences with their genius. Movie screenings Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater, include Heat and Dust (July 30), Maurice (Aug. 6), Mr. and Mrs. Bridges (Aug. 13), Remains of the Day (Aug. 20), and Jefferson in Paris (Aug. 27). Tickets are just $7 per film. Contact the Historic Asolo Theater Box Office at 941.360.7399 or visit ringling.org to purchase tickets.
• July 30: Heat and Dust
A witty and reckless young wife of a 1920s British civil servant succumbs to the charms of an Indian prince. Six decades later, her niece follows in her footsteps and finds herself being seduced by the glories of India. Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from her Booker Prize-winning novel. Universal Pictures; Rated R; 130 minutes; 1984
• August 6: Maurice
Stylish drama about two young men who fall in love while attending a British boarding school in the early 1900’s, only to painfully part ways to find love in socially different worlds. Based on the autobiographical writings of E.M. Forster. MGM; Rated R; 135 minutes; 1987
• August 13: Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
An entertaining, deeply moving, and magnificently acted film (by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman) drawn from Evan S. Connell’s novel, about a ‘40s-era Kansas City family and told through a series of delightful vignettes about business, devotion, love, the war, and family. Miramax Films; Rated PG-13; 124 minutes; 1990
• August 20: Remains of the Day
An English butler’s world of manners and decorum is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-World War I Britain. The possibility of romance and his master’s cultivation of ties with the Nazi cause challenge his carefully maintained veneer of servitude.Columbia Pictures; Rated PG; 134 minutes; 1993
• August 27: Jefferson in Paris
The time is the late 1700s. The place is the romantic and politically charged streets of pre-Revolutionary Paris. This is the dramatic account of Thomas Jefferson’s five years as the minister to France and his touching relationship with Sally Hemmings, the young slave who took care of his daughter. Touchstone Pictures; Rated PG-13; 136 minutes; 1995
Merchant Ivory Productions was created in 1961. By the mid-1980s, its films produced on modest budgets achieved grandeur through sheer ingenuity and imagination.
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