Classic Film: Glengarry Glen Ross Wednesday 30th April 17:45

WhenWednesday 30th April, doors open 17:45, film starts 18:00

Where: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

What: Glengarry Glen Ross

U3A Membership Card for entrance (free) – NO booking required

The next classic film presentation will be at la Senieta on Wednesday April 30th as Monday is a public holiday.

Glengarry Glenross was originally a Broadway play winning many awards. The star studded cast give stellar performances in this celluloid version.

 The shabby real estate office in “Glengarry Glen Ross” seems likely to become one of the movie places we will remember, like the war room in “Dr. Strangelove” or Hannibal Lecter’s cell. It is divided into two parts: a glassed-in area where the office manager lives, along with his precious “leads” – cards with the names of people who might want to buy real estate – and the rest of the office, given over to the desks of the salesmen, who try to sound rich and confident over the phone, but whose eyes are haunted with despair.

Hour after hour, they make calls to sell real estate that no one wants to buy. They are making no money. It is worse than that.

They are about to lose their jobs. Blake (Alec Baldwin), the slick hotshot from downtown, arrives to give them a chalk-talk and a warning. There is a new sales contest. First prize is a Cadillac.

Second prize, a set of steak knives. Third prize is, you’re fired: “Hit the bricks, pal, and beat it, ’cause you are going OUT!” The movie is based on a play by David Mamet, who once briefly worked in such a boiler room. He knows the way these people talk, and turns their jargon into a version of his own personal language, in which the routine obscenities and despair of everyday speech are transcribed into a sad music. Their struggle takes on a kind of nobility. This film is very apt viewing in today’s financial climate.