Friday, May 24, 1685
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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Private Function' Taps
The town elite are hiding an
pig!" It's to be the
main course at a dinner celebrat-
ng the marriage of Princess
rilizabeth to Philip.
The butcher, a key member of
',his coterie, hides other black
narket meat in the bed of his in-
The genteelly impoverished
piano teacher takes her dotty
nother on imaginary rides in a
' s tationary car in the garage. They
There's aglance, a
muttered word, an
almost every frame
that makes you smile.
aren't important enough to get
I Sound slightly off-center? It is.
;It's A Private Function (rated "R,"
showing only at the Maple Thea-
ter), an off-beat British satire that
snuck into town and has been pro-
viding quiet amusement along
with a few big laughs to those
who've found it.
The time is 1947; the place,
England is in the depths of au-
sterity. There's no petrol, no pork,
no partying. Everyone in town
scrounges for food. The richer folk
ply the black market, while the
rest queue up at the butcher's.
There are only two stars in the
film who are familiar to American
;audiences — Maggie Smith and
,Denholm Elliott. And both are
very funny. Smith gives us yet
another of her individualistic,
sharply-etched performances. She
plays the wife of the town
chiropodist. She gives piano les-
sons, but apparently has only one
;student, an obnoxious little brat.
:She pines for the "good old days"
when her father, owner of dry
cleaning stores, took her and
Mum to the "better places for tea."
She goads her husband to be more
of a man. She nurse-maids her to-
tally balmy 74-year-old mother,
'Lwho in turn eats everything in
Elliott plays the successful
town doctor, a smarmy snob and
anti-Semite. He is so obvious, so
inflated, so awful that you have to
laugh at him from his first line to
A Private Function is about
prejudice, pomposity and preten-
sions. And it punctures all three
with gentle, yet deadly accurate
The provincials who people the
picture are perfectly potty —
very one of them. I don't think
I've ever seen a film before where
every character was an eccentric,
from the major roles to the extras
who are seen in the quickest
Even Fellini gives us one
character who's "normal."
You have to watch this picture.
The laughs aren't laid on with a
Hollywooden hand. There's a
I glance, a muttered word, an un-
expected reaction in almost every
frame that makes you smile.
This isn't a block-buster but it is
truly amusing. And I found my-
self laughing two days later, re-
calling some of the film's zanier
The author is Alan Bennett,
formerly of the Beyond The
Fringe Troupe. If you enjoyed that
kind of original humor, you'll
enjoy A Private Function.
I can't for the life of me under-
stand why it's rated "R". Maybe
the distributors thought the im-
plication of sex would help bring
in an audience. And the only vio-
lence in the film is directed
against the pig, which does indeed
turn out to be dinner.
Amidst the rash of mindless,
muscle-questing pictures we've
been inundated with of late, A
Private Function stands out with
wit, intelligence, subtlety and
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