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Unusual love story David & Lisa will be screened at The Ridgefield Playhouse

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An unlikely love story, David & Lisa was heralded as “The Best Film of 1962” by Time magazine. Now this “lost & found” Academy Award nominated movie starring Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin will be screened at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. Following this Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society Lost & Found Film Series’ screening, actor Keir Dullea (pictured) who starred in played the role of David will be on hand for a Q&A led by Ira Joe Fisher and Morton Dean.
David & Lisa, a 1963 Academy Award nominated film, is a stark look at the world of the mentally disturbed and was one of the beacons of the American independent film movement in the early 1960s. Shot in black + white, it tells the heart-rending story of the relationship between two adolescents who are in a home for emotionally disturbed youngsters. While in the company of others who have mental and emotional problems, David begins to understand his own psychosis and soon develops a relationship with Lisa (played by Janet Margolin), a 15-year old girl suffering from schizophrenia, who develops a strange attraction to David. The screening of David & Lisa at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. is a presentation of The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society Lost & Found Film Series. Actor Keir Dullea will be on hand for a Q&A with hosts Ira Joe Fisher and Morton Dean, Emmy Award-winning television journalists. This event is sponsored by Cohen and Wolf, P.C., HB Group, The Ridgefield Press and Sony XDCAM HC.

Directed by Frank Perry and written by his wife Eleanor Perry, the groundbreaking independent film David & Lisa earned each of them an Academy Award nomination for “Best Director” and “Best Adapted Screenplay”. In 1962, David & Lisa was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Opera Prima award for “Best New Work.” For his sensitive portrayal in David & Lisa, Keir Dullea received a Golden Globe Award and the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award for “Best Actor“.

Known primarily as a stage actor, Keir Dullea made his critically acclaimed film debut in 1961’sThe Hoodlum Priest, playing a born-to-hang juvenile delinquent. Stanley Kubrick cast Dullea in the lead role of David Bowman, the astronaut in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the seminal 1968 classic science fiction film. In 1984, Keir Dullea repeated his award-winning role in director Peter Hyams’ 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the sequel to Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

For reserved seating, ($10 adults, $7.50 seniors, $5 students), call or visit the box office at (203) 438-5795, or go to ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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