P.O. Box 374 dia Groton, MA 01450 dia 978-448-0178

Grand Finale Wine Tasting and Screening

What: Two For the Road (1967)

When: June 28, 2009, 4:00 pm

Rating: Suggested for mature audiences

Where: Stonehedge Inn and Spa, Tyngsboro, MA (map)

Cost: Admission is free for members. Non-members can purchase a one-day membership at the door for $20, which includes the wine tasting and screening. Guests can order wine at the tasting. Guests can also make reservations for dinner, at a special reduced rate, at The Left Bank restaurant in the inn (call 978-874-3622). The cost of wine and/or dinner is additional.

two for the road-title

Two For the Road was made in 1967, which turned out to be Audrey Hepburn’s banner year. In that same year she starred in Wait Until Dark, and she didn’t appear in another movie for 9 years, and never had as big a role again. Albert Finney also stars. Two For the Road was nominated for an Oscar (for best screenplay) and garnered several awards for its director, Stanley Donen, and its screenwriter, Frederik Raphael. Stylistically, this was quite an original film, and an influential one — each scene makes some kind of visual jump into the next, and it was the first film to use the now much-copied shot of tree branches reflected in a car windshield. Jacqueline Bisset has a small part; this was her first film, and her star quality is already palpable.

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader:

“…Arguably Stanley Donen’s masterpiece, and undoubtedly one of the most stylistically influential films of the 60s.”

Bosley Crowther, New York Times:

“What the film has to say about the state of matrimony and the restlessness of modern husbands and wives is more in the jumble of details and the eccentricity of the montage than it is in the exposition of a rational development. The method is the message, as it were.”

Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid:

“Despite its visual trickery, it’s one of the most emotionally honest films ever made in America. … Hepburn sheds her ‘princess’ image and devours her role, perhaps the meatiest she ever had.”

Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com:

“One of the best movies about relationships ever. Outstanding performances.”

You can watch a trailer here (its quality is, inexplicably, quite low and it's in black and white) or get more information on the film at the Internet Movie Database or Rotten Tomatoes.