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The Wings of the Dove

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The Wings of the Dove

Wings of the Dove 

When: Fri., May 5, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $5-$7

For a generation of teens in 1997, The Wings of the Dove served as an introduction to the psychological intricacies and repressed passions of Henry James—and to full-frontal nudity, courtesy of Helena Bonham Carter. Look, art house cinema was very educational before the Internet. And, prurient memories aside, Bonham Carter gives one of her best performances in an Oscar-nominated turn as a young woman who manipulates her penniless lover (Linus Roache) into marrying a sickly heiress (Alison Elliott) to inherit her fortune. The moody adaptation by screenwriter Hossein Amini and director Iain Softley, who also helmed another nineties cult favorite, Hackers, upstaged concurrent, higher-profile adaptations of the James novels The Portrait of a Lady and Washington Square. Anyone who complains James is dry should see this film. —Zack Smith

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