Film Screening: Sidney Lumet’s The Group (1966) | Berkeley
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The Tannery | 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710
It’s 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl’s school, about to graduate and start their own lives.
The film documents the years between their graduation and the beginning of the World War in Europe, and shows, in a serialized style, their romances and marriages, their searches for careers or meaning in their lives, their highs and their lows.
For its time, the movie touched on some controversial topics, such as free love, contraception, abortion, lesbianism and mental illness.
The cast of this social satire includes Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight, Jessica Walter, Kathleen Widdoes, and Joanna Pettet. The film also features small roles for Hal Holbrook, Carrie Nye, James Broderick, Larry Hagman and Richard Mulligan (Empty Nest, Soap).
The movie was not issued in any consumer format, including VHS and DVD, for many years.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writers: Mary McCarthy (novel), Sidney Buchman (screenplay)
Stars: Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett and Elizabeth Hartman