The Misfits at the NPH

Misfits 1I am delighted to confirm the final two screenings in the Cinema St Andrews film season.

On Sunday 21 April the New Picture House will host a free screening of The Misfits, starting at 4pm. This classic film features the last screen performances of both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable (and one of the last from Montgomery Clift). The screening recreates a showing of the film at the NPH almost 50 years ago, as on 12 December 1965 the long-running St Andrews Film Society screened The Misfits as part of its 202nd meeting. Written by Arthur Miller (for his then-wife Marilyn Monroe) and directed by John Huston, the film provides a fascinating snapshot of a lost era, both in Hollywood and, through recollections of the film society, in St Andrews.

A few days later, on Thursday 25 April (7pm) there will be a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds in School 3, St Salvator’s Quad. The screening will reproduce a film show from The Cinema House in 1963, which marked the 50th anniversary of the cinema’s opening. A further fifty years on (and with The Cinema House now a block of flats), we will mark the centenary of St Andrews’ first purpose built cinema by recreating this commemorative show. The screening brings together historical footage of St Andrews with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, a tale of terror and peril in a remote coastal town.