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UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE

UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE

UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE

1967 / 124min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT MULLIGAN

CAST: PATRICK BEDFORD, SANDY DENNIS, EILEEN HECKART

Mulligan’s sensitive-but-tough adaptation of the bestselling debut novel by seen-it-all New York City schoolteacher Bel Kaufman is both a showcase for the vulnerable, empathetic screen presence of Sandy Dennis, playing neophyte high school instructor Sylvia Barrett. Arguably the best fiction film ever made about American public education, it scarcely strikes a single false emotional note, with locations on a now demolished block of East 100th St.

Up the Down Staircase is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see. Click here for more info.