A Private Function

Pic is set in 1947, at a time of national rejoicing over a royal wedding and hardship caused by food rationing. Plot evolves out of a plan hatched by a group of town notables to fatten up a secret pig for festive devouring on the wedding night.

With:
Michael Palin Maggie Smith Liz Smith Denholm Elliott Richard Griffiths John Normington

Pic is set in 1947, at a time of national rejoicing over a royal wedding and hardship caused by food rationing. Plot evolves out of a plan hatched by a group of town notables to fatten up a secret pig for festive devouring on the wedding night.

Central characters are a husband and wife team played by Maggie Smith and Michael Palin. She’s a bullying wife anxious to reach the social highspots in the Yorkshire village where he works as a foot doctor. Their domestic crises are made more complex and amusing by the presence of a greedy mother (Liz Smith) who lives in terror of being put away.

Director Malcolm Mowbray neatly orchestrates the resulting drama, and points up the class antagonisms at play.

A Private Function

UK

Production: HandMade. Director Malcolm Mowbray; Producer Mark Shivas; Screenplay Alan Bennett; Camera Tony Pierce-Roberts; Editor Barrie Vince; Music John Du Prez; Art Director Stuart Walker

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Michael Palin Maggie Smith Liz Smith Denholm Elliott Richard Griffiths John Normington

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