Showtime for The Handmaid's Tale playing November 23rd, 2017 at 7:15 PM - Princess Original

We premiered this film at the Original in 1990. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff and adapted by Harold Pinter from Atwood's novel, one doubts that critics today would call it "overblown paranoid crap based on same" (Greenwich Village Gazette, 1990) or "pretentious, self-righteous melodrama about the evils of patriarchy" (Film Journal, 1990). Definitely worth another look.

The Handmaid’s Tale has remained an unfortunately relevant piece of work – and though the earlier film version has to skim some of that subtext, it’s still a successful adaptation. Director Schlöndorff helmed the 1979 Palme d’or winner The Tin Drum, so he knows a thing or two about political cinema, and the adaptation is credited to the great Harold Pinter and his blunt intelligence, coupled with Atwood’s forceful commentary... [ return to movie page ]

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