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The Misfiits proved to be cinematic swansongs for both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable - with Clift joining them in that great Multiplex in the Sky just five years later. Your choices, then, for what we'll be screening on Tuesday 6 November are out of three last hurrahs from similarly legendary actors (namely, Richard Burton, Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart). Up for the vote are 1984, Autumn Sonata and The Harder They Fall.

1984 (Michael Radford, UK, 1984)

"What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell's bleak and angry vision..." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Richard Burton's last big screen role was as the mysterious O'Brien: a high-ranking Party member in George Orwell's nightmarish imagining of a totalitarian Britain. John Hurt stars as his foil, Winston Smith, a Party-sanctioned rewriter of history, who dares to rebel against the fascistic strictures of The Party and its supreme leader, Big Brother. The film won the Best British Film of the Year award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1978)

“Bergman's casting coup lives up to expectations. Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann invest their roles with undeniable emotional conviction and impact.” Gary Arnold, Washington Post

Ingrid Bergman's last big screen role was as Charlotte Andergast: a celebrated classical pianist who pays a visit to her daughter after an absence of seven years. Liv Ulman plays her neglected daughter, Eva, and over the course of Charlotte's stay tension builds, until a nightly conversation releases all the things the pair have wanted to tell each other. Ingrid Bergman earnt herself an Oscar nomination for her performance and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.

The Harder They Fall (Mark Robsob, USA, 1956)

“This hard-punching boxing-business picture... comes out swinging from the very beginning and doesn't stop until just before the end.” Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Humprey Borgart's last big screen role was as Eddie Willis: a down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie who is hired by a shady fight promoter to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina. Rod Steiger plays the shady promotor, Nick Benko, whose lies get ever bolder until Willis sufers a crisis of conscience...

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