Tag Archives: Wendy Hiller

Jack Clayton – The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

Synopsis:
Judith Hearn is a middle aged spinster earning a living by giving piano lessons in the Dublin of the 1950’s. She falls in love with a shady hotel owner who, in turn, decides to exploit her as far as he can. Read More »

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger – ‘I Know Where I’m Going!’ (1945)

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A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts. Read More »

Gabriel Pascal & Harold French & David Lean – Major Barbara (1941)

In this adaptation made during the the London Blitz of George Bernard Shaw’s edgy comedy of the same name, Wendy Hiller as the idealistic title character is running a Salvation Army shelter in the East End that aims to save the souls of the destitute while preserving their physical well-being. She becomes engaged to the sceptical, unworldly Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), a professor of Ancient Greek who discards his agnosticism and joins the Salvation Army to be near his fiancee. Cusins is then startled to learn that Major Barbara in fact comes from a privileged background – she is the grand-daughter of an earl on her mother’s side, and her long-absent estranged father Andrew Undershaft (a young Robert Morley) is a multi-millionaire arms manufacturer. Read More »

Fred Zinnemann – A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Synopsis:
The story takes place in sixteenth century England. But men like Sir Thomas More, who love life yet have the moral fiber to lay down their lives for their principles, are found in every century. Concentrating on the last seven years of the English Chancellor’s life, the struggle between More and King Henry VIII hinges on Henry’s determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current wife and wed again, and good Catholic More’s inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as Chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course. Read More »