FILM_Handful of Dust

The 1988 film “Handful of Dust” will screen April 7 as part of Chestnut Hill Film Group’s ongoing series, “Tuesday Nights at the Movies.”

In the 1930s, an English squire, his wife and their young son live a traditional aristocratic existence at his ancestral country estate, Helton Abbey. One weekend a friend of the squire’s, a man from the lower-class with a propensity for the superficial, visits the estate, and quickly becomes a source of affection for the squire’s wife. No sooner after they meet are the two having an affair, which everyone knows about except the squire.

The squire’s life is shattered when his son his accidentally killed. And, to add misery to his mourning, he uncovers his wife’s infidelity. Things only get worse when she tells him she wants a divorce so she can marry his friend, and even worse when she asks for a large sum of money to keep her reputation and societal habits afloat – a payment that would require him to sell his estate. Now completely broken, the squire leaves the estate to travel to Brazil, where further despondency awaits.

Based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh, the film was directed by Charles Sturridge and stars James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Judi Dench and Alec Guinness. It was nominated for Best Costume Design at the 1989 Academy Awards.

The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Woodmere Art Museum. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, although donations are recommended.

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