Richard Alston Season: Tom Jones + Introduction

1963| PG| 128 mins| /

Screening Dates:
Sun 24 September 2:15pm

Director: Tony Richardson
Cast: Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith

Part of a season of films curated and introduced by Richard Alston in the Filmhouse.

Discovered as an abandoned infant in the bed of Squire Allworthy, Tom Jones is named and adopted by a wealthy landowner who raises him as his own. As a young man, Tom yearns for the comely daughter of a neighbouring squire, but he grows into a charming womaniser whose amorous adventures lead him to London and to a duel with a jealous husband. He’s sentenced to hang, but fate intervenes.

In conjunction with Richard Alston Dance Company’s performance at Royal & Derngate on Thu 5 & Fri 6 October, choreographer Richard Alston has programmed a season of films in the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Each depicting dance in interesting ways, the films have inspired Alston’s choreography throughout his career.

If you book for any film in the Richard Alston season, we are offering a special ticket price of £15 on best available seats for the live Richard Alston Dance Company performance at Royal & Derngate. To book with this offer, please visit or call Box Office on 01604 624811.

Richard says: “Tom Jones is a fast-moving rough-and-tumble of a comedy but also a delicious love-story. Albert Finney falls for Susannah York and pursues her aided and abetted (or hindered) by Dame Edith Evans, Hugh Griffiths and Joan Greenwood among the stellar cast. Locations are glorious-the rose-filled gardens of English country Manors- and the costumes are splendid with spriggy chintz and rich silk damask. It’s a beautiful film to look at, and the soundtrack tumbles around with a harpsichord and a jazzy saxophone- sounds odd but it works really well. This was such an outstanding British movie of its time and it now can be seen to stand the test of time really well. The camera work is constantly shifting and the whole film dances.”

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