The Luann Dummer Center for Women presents the second in its series of fall films: “The Children’s Hour” on Monday, Oct. 25.
Audrey Hepburn, James Garner and Shirley MacLaine star in William Wyler’s 1961 screen adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play about two teachers accused of lesbianism at a private girls’ school. The fomenter of the scandal is one of the pupils, a mean-spirited and mentally unstable girl who convinces her grandmother that she and the other students have been exposed to unspeakable depravity.
In the course of the escalating events, havoc is wreaked on all sides. Karen Wright (Hepburn), the younger and more emotionally vulnerable of the two teachers, watches her relationship with her fiance collapse while her alleged lover, Martha Dobie (MacLaine), must come to terms with her own hidden desires.
Three showings are scheduled: 11 a.m. in Room 448, Minneapolis campus; 3:30 and 8 p.m. in the women’s center, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.
Refreshments and a discussion follow each showing.