Saturday, October 21st, 6:00-8:00pm
At the home of Jack Shear
Cocktails ~ Good Food ~ Live Auction
Includes party and four Langella films: Dracula, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Starting Out in the Evening, Frost/Nixon. Ticket purchases are on a “first come, first serve basis,” and space is limited.
The Cocktail Party will follow a screening of Frost/Nixon and a Q&A with Frank Langella at the Crandell Theater.
Frank Langella Movie Schedule
Friday Oct 20
4:30-6:05pm | Diary of a Mad Housewife 1970
A feminist satire, Diary of a Mad Housewife was made by Frank and Eleanor Perry, known for David and Lisa and The Swimmer. The story is told from the point of view of the housewife (Carrie Snodgress), driven mad by her self-centered, snobbish husband (Richard Benjamin) who is obsessed with buying the finest wines, collecting the hippest art, and expressing the most au courant opinions, and her self-centered, sex-crazed lover played by Mr. Langella. “Especially in the scenes between Miss Snodgress and Frank Langella,” wrote The New York Times reviewer Roger Greenspun at the time, “Diary of a Mad Housewife escapes its genre, its understanding of relationships and motives, and becomes the kind of present and lucid mystery that signifies great movie making.”
7:30-9:20pm | Starting Out in the Evening 2007
Here, Mr. Langella plays Leonard, a distinguished writer of the old school, whom the literary world that formed him has passed by as he ages and struggles to complete a novel that is his life’s work. Into his rarefied world comes Lauren Ambrose, a graduate student obsessed with his books, and… You can imagine the outcome. Of Mr. Langella’s performance, A.O. Scott wrote in The New York Times, “There are not too many screen performances that manage to be both subtle and monumental….[but here is] the marvelous fact of Mr. Langella, who carries every nuance of Leonard’s experience — including his prodigious, obsessive reading — in his posture and his pores.”
Saturday October 21
Noon-2:00pm | Dracula 1979
In 1977, Frank Langella played the title role in a Broadway production of Dracula that became a hit, thanks largely to the charisma of its star, and the Expressionist, black and white sets designed by Edward Gorey. A year or so later Mr. Langella agreed to reprise the role in this film, that also features Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, and Kate Nelligan.
2:30 pm-4:30pm | Frost/Nixon 2008
It was perhaps no more than a hop, skip, and a jump from Dracula to Richard Nixon. This was another instance of Mr. Langella taking one of his stage roles—Nixon, in Peter Morgan’s dramatization of the interviews that British talk show host David Frost originally did with the disgraced former President for the BBC in 1977—and adapted it for film. Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard, features an outstanding cast that includes Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Kevin Bacon, and Oliver Platt. It was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Actor, for Mr. Langella. “Langella has mastered the rumbling voice with its occasional touch of animal growl,” wrote David Denby of his performance in The New Yorker. “He leans forward as he walks, almost apelike as his arms hang down; he gets Nixon’s heaviness of bearing, the awkwardness, the grotesque sentimentality, and also his power, the dangerousness even in retreat.”