Friday Film Series: Friendly Persuasion

Friday, December 13, 2013

1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Fri, 2013-12-13 13:00 - 15:00

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Directed by William Wyler

Length: 137 minutes

In 1862, in Southern Indiana, the Birdwell family lives a peaceful life in their farm. Eliza opposes to the war and they follow the stringent principles of their religious sect. But when the rebel Southern troops threaten the family, their friends and neighbors, Josh decides to go to the front to defend their lands and Jess has to take a position against the principles of the Quakers.

In a role ideally suiting his stalwart persona, Gary Cooper plays Jess in William Wyler’s beloved film of Jessamyn West’s novel that earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Dorothy McGuire (the National Board of Review choice as Best Actress), Anthony Perkins and a superior cast get to the heart of family, faith and pacifism put to the test.

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