Heroes and Vil­lains

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM - FAIRFAX HOUSE, YORK SARAH FREE­MAN


With the world fast un­rav­el­ling (by the time you read this, the Labour Party will no doubt have eaten it­self and Trump, well, God knows...), thank the lord for Fairfax House in York.

Just when we all needed to wal­low in a world be­fore Brexit and Brexit-plus the Ge­or­gian prop­erty un­veiled its Sil­ver Screen sea­son, which means for a cou­ple of hours or so we can all wind back to sim­pler times.

These were times when cin­e­mas had ush­erettes, who who showed you to your seat by torch­light and when films had an in­ter­val so the pro­jec­tion­ist could change the reels. Both no longer ex­ist, but for one glo­ri­ous week in York it’s like the world never moved on.

The event is a nod to the time when the Ge­or­gian prop­erty was used as a cin­ema and with this year’s cho­sen theme of Heroes and Vil­lains there could have been few bet­ter films to open the pro­gramme than

North by North­west.

This Al­fred Hitch­cock cat and mouse clas­sic stars Cary Grant at his charm­ing and witty best as ad ex­ec­u­tive Roger Thorn­hill. Mis­taken for a gov­ern­ment agent, James Ma­son, who is mas­terly as spy Phillip Van­damm, sets his hench­man on the trail which be­gins in New York and ends in spec­tac­u­lar style on Mount Rush­more.

Ok, so the seats could do with a lit­tle more pad­ding, but it’s a small price to pay for an evening with Ma­son and Grant.

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