Classic Cinemas at Oak Park’s Lake Theatre, presents their First Tuesday Film Club screening of Hyde Park On Hudson on March 5, at Noon and 7 pm, with discussion to follow afterward.
Directed by Roger Michell, Hyde Park On Hudson is a wonderfully-filmed tale of a real life event—the first time a reigning British monarch ever visited the United States.
The year was 1939, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a delightfully playful Bill Murray) and his host of women: cousin Margaret Suckley, aka “Daisy” (Laura Linney), wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), secretary Missy (Elizabeth Marvel) and mother Sara (Elizabeth Wilson), are preparing to entertain and host King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) of England in their New York, upstate country home at Hyde Park on Hudson.
The film, which explores not only the political side, but also the human side of both FDR and his royal guests, has only one flaw—at just 95 minutes in length it’s much too short!
Screenwriter Richard Nelson told reporters that he was “inspired by Daisy after reading a collection of her letters and diaries,” following her death. He was “intrigued by her perspective on the historical events of the time,” and felt compelled to tell her story.
Hyde Park on Hudson had its initial world premiere at the August 2012 Telluride Film Festival, and later at the September 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.