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Two For the Road

Stanley Donen

We are delighted that our collaboration with V&A Dundee resumes to bring you a cinematic celebration of the most iconic fashion designer of the 1960s, Mary Quant. A design and retail pioneer, she popularised super-high hemlines and other irreverent looks that were critical to the development of the 'Swinging Sixties' scene. We hope this eclectic mix of films will inspire you to dive into a period of British history which pushed boundaries – and hemlines – in the most exciting way.

Of all the films the late, great Stanley Donen made, he said that Two for the Road was the one he was most proud of – and he co-directed Singin’ in the Rain! The film follows an attractive young couple, played by Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, over the course of ten years and five road trips across France. We witness their first meeting, courtship, marriage, a few infidelities and some near break-ups. But the masterstroke is that we don’t see the events in that order. Instead, Donen and screenwriter Frederic Raphael take their cue from French New Wave filmmakers like Alain Resnais and tell the story in a non-linear way. Some critics at the time dismissed this a gimmick used to disguise an old-fashioned Hollywood romantic comedy. But how wrong they were. Two for the Road is a tour-de-force of film editing. Intercutting scenes of first love with chilly, hardly comic scenes of their subsequently troubled marriage give the film a remarkable poignancy.

“…one of the great overlooked films of the 1960s”

This is an all-too-rare film for adults. Throw in some flawless acting, classic cars, clothes by designers including Paco Rabanne and Mary Quant, plus Henri Mancini’s finest score, and you have one of the great overlooked films of the 1960s.


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