Entertaining Mr. Sloane
Dir. Douglas Hickox, 1970, UK, 94 mins, 35mm
With special guest John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) in person
Joe Orton’s dark comedy made his career in its 1964 UK stage premiere; proved too hot for Broadway; and posthumously made it to the screen as a career boost for helmer Hickox (soon to direct Theater of Blood). Royal Shakespeare Company and Disney veteran Peter McEnery strips down as the rough-trade title character who toys with both middle-aged landlady Beryl Reid and her brother Harry Andrews, while their infirm father Alan Webb tries to get the better of the lodger.
Presenter John Cameron Mitchell writes, “[This is] my favorite British film comedy of the 60’s, written by Joe Orton, a queer enfant terrible who was so ahead of his time that the Beatles commissioned a screenplay from him–but when he cast them as crossdressing terrorists, they returned it to him without comment!”
35mm print courtesy of British Film Institute
Part of the Coming Out Again program–an ongoing series in collaboration with Quad Cinema that surveys lesser-known landmarks of LGBTQ film history.
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