Friday, January 8, 2016

A swashbuckling we will go

Having visited the site of the Battle of Culloden a few years ago, I look forward to seeing how it is portrayed in this month's Literary Flick, The Master of Ballantrae.  The film, produced in 1953, is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's book. 

Errol Flynn stars as Jamie Durie, the elder son of the Laird of Durrisdeer. With Bonnie Prince Charlie calling for the clans to rise up  against King George II, the Durie brothers tactically choose sides in order to preserve their title as Laird of Durrisdeer. Jamie joins the Jacobites, while his younger brother Henry (Anthony Steel), remains loyal to the King. 

After the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden, Jamie returns home, but is betrayed by his mistress when she catches him with another woman.  He escapes with an Irish adventurer, Colonel Francis Burke (Roger Livesey), and becomes embroiled with pirates in the West Indies.

If stories full of romance, sword fighting, and sibling rivalry are your cup of tea, join us on Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m.  Free popcorn will be served!

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