Friday, May 9, 2014

Ordinary People


“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” -  Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

The Newport Public Library will be showing the film Ordinary People on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. This 1980 film is based on the 1976 novel by Judith Guest.

Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore star as Calvin and Beth Jarrett, the upper-middle class parents of Conrad, played by Timothy Hutton.  Beneath their manicured, perfect veneer, the family disintegrates in the wake of tragedy.  Their eldest son has died in a boating accident, and Conrad, who blames himself for his brother's death, attempts suicide.

Mary Tyler Moore excels as the outwardly cheerful and charitable, but inwardly cold and sterile mother.  Donald Sutherland's character is awkward and confused, doing his best to hold his damaged family together.  Timothy Hutton's Conrad is tortured, full of doubt and low self-esteem, but does find hope with the support of his father, his psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch), and two girls he befriends.

The film marked the directorial debut of Robert Redford, who won an Academy Award for Best Director. Other Academy Award wins include Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton), Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

This movie will be shown at no charge in the McEntee Meeting Room of the library.  As always, free popcorn will be available!

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