In Celebration | Chicago Reader

In Celebration

David Storey's muted drama of wilted dreams and domestic disappointment, translated to the screen by the American Film Theatre in 1975. Alan Bates stars as the eldest of three sons who journey to the north of England to help their solid, drab, unhappy parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Storey has the details of petty British domestic courtesies down cold, and director Lindsay Anderson orchestrates the proceedings with subtle if unexceptional skill. Unfortunately the play's theme—that we never outgrow the trauma of love grudgingly given—is so muted here and so commonplace in British theater as to be barely worth all the trouble. 110 min.

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