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Film Society, the (1987) [Play]
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The Film Society, set in South Africa, is not about the effects of apartheid - at least, overtly. Blenheim is a provincial private school modeled on the second-rate British education machine. It is 1970, a time of complacency for everyone but Terry, a former teacher at Blenheim, who has lost his job because of his connections with Blacks (he invited a Black priest to speak a Commencement). Terry tries to invilve Jonathan, another teacher at the school and the central character in this play; but Jonathan cares only about his film society, which he wants to keep going at all costs - even if it means programming only safe, non-objectionable, films. When Jonathans's mother, a local rich lady, primises to donate a substantial amount of money to Blenheim if Jonathan is made Headmaster, he must finally choose which side he is on: Terry's or The Establishment's.

Original title: The Film Society
Original languages: English


Genre: Drama and Plays

Edition #1: Film Society, the

Film Society, the (1987)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Using the school of a microcosm for South Africa, Baitz explores the psychological workings of repression in a society that has to kill its conscience in order to persist in a course of action is knows enough to abhor but cannot afford to relinquish." New Yorker
  • "What distinguishes Mr. Baitz' writing, aside from its manifest literacy, is its ability to embrace the ambiguities of political and moral dilemmas that might easily be reduced to blacks and whites." N. Y. Times
  • "A beautiful, accomplished play...things I thought I was a churl still to value or expect - things like character, plot and theatre dialogue - really do matter." N. Y. Daily News
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The Film Society (1987)

ISBN: 0790902680

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