Following on from my visit to The Prince Charles Cinema last week, I returned to see a 35mm showing of The Princess Bride which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride (which is inconceivable) here is a brief summary shamelessly stolen from IMDB:
‘Return to a time when men and swamps were swamps. Fire Swamps, that is. Full of quicksand and Rodents of Unusual Size. Lagoons were inhabited by shrieking eels. And the most beautiful woman in the world was named . . . Buttercup? Well, it’s a bent fairy tale. Complete with all the fencing, chasing, escapes, and silly accents you’d expect. Including such unique folk as Inigo Montoya, who has dreamed his whole life of finding the six-fingered man who killed his father. Fezzik is his enormous sidekick. And Max is the kvetching miracle man. Blonde Buttercup loves Westley, a poor stable boy. But when he’s captured by pirates, she’s chosen by evil Prince Humperdinck to be his princess bride. Along the way, she gets kidnapped, he gets killed. But it all ends up okay.’
With an all-star cast consisting of Carey Elwes, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk, a young Fred Savage and more, this film holds up well.
The print itself was very clear and clean. The soundtrack was very clear as well. It is the kind of quality I expect at the PCC.
The matinee showing was sold out. It was good to see people of a similar age to me clearly introducing their own children to this awesome tale.
Robin Wright was as gorgeous as ever in 35mm!
Get to the PCC now if you love cult films! I hope to make the Alien/Aliens double bill in April.