THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT

Directed by George Roy Hill

USA, 1964, 1h 46min, 35mm

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Two fourteen year old prep school girls become fast friends in this quirky coming of age comedy. Val has a crush on famous avant-garde concert pianist, Henry Orient, who is busy trying to seduce married women. The girls follow Orient around Manhattan with many mishaps and misunderstandings along the way. The slow motion sequence of Val & Gil romping through the city is one of the best film tributes to New York City. The film feels honest and fresh over 50 years after its release, mainly due to the acting achievements of Tippy Walker (Valerie Boyd) and Merrie Spaeth (Marian “Gil” Gilbert). Peter Sellers stars as Henry Orient in his first American production. The film is directed by George Roy Hill who would go on to direct another duo in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID; the film also features Angela Lansbury, Paula Prentiss and Tom Bosley.

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