Opera House to screen ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’

“Hyde Park on Hudson,” a historical tale starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney that uniquely explores the all-too-human side of one of history’s iconic leaders, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Murray) readies to host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York marking the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America. As Britain faces imminent war with Germany, the royals are desperately looking to FDR for U.S. support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as his wife Eleanor, mother Sara and secretary Missy all play a part in making the royal weekend an unforgettable one.

Seen through the eyes of Daisy Suckley (Linney), Franklin’s distant cousin and intimate, the weekend produces not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy and through her, for us all a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship. The film is based on letters and documents found in Daisy’s possession upon her death in 1991.

Rex Reed, in the New York Observer, calls the film “funny, believable, historic and hugely entertaining.”

Ann Hornaday, in the Washington Post, says “Murray’s spot-on portrayal of a man juggling myriad pressures and demands, from petty to momentous, marks one of the film’s greatest strengths.”

Stephen Rea, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, calls Murray’s performance “a deceptively subtle portrayal in which the mostly deadpan comic star disappears beneath the pince-nez and the snappy brim of a presidential fedora. Murray offers a fascinating glimpse into a complex and charismatic figure.”

Rated R for brief sexuality, “Hyde Park on Hudson” runs 94 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with “Silver Linings Playbook,” nominated for eight Academy Awards and starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, on March 23 and 26. Coming soon are the Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film, “Amour,” and the Dustin Hoffman-directed “Quartet,” starring Maggie Smith.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.