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Libidinous Welsh librarian John Lewis (Peter Sellers) is bored at work and unhappy in his marriage. In hopes of getting a promotion, he embarks on an affair with the wife (Mai Zetterling) of the head of the library’s board of directors (Raymond Huntley). Comically, nothing quite works out. Ably supported by Richard Attenborough, who plays an effete poet/playwright whom john Lewis loathes, and Kenneth Griffith as Lewis’ co-worker/friend/rival, Sellers gives one of the most realistic performances of his career.

“…a lively, middle-class variation along the lines of The Seven Year Itch.“ -- Variety, 12/31//1961.

"Peter Sellers is at his most controlled in this biting, rather sad farce … He's embarrassingly good as an anxiously lecherous Welsh librarian." -- TimeOut

"…a script by Bryan Forbes that pops perpetually with some of the brightest British quips of modern times, with Sidney Gilliat directing and with a spanking new Mai Zetterling deftly applying the itching-powders as a grandly seductive Eve…."
– Bosley Crowther, New York Times, 3/21/62

(Directed by Sidney Gilliat, from the Kingsley Amis novel That Uncertain Feeling, Great Britain.1962, 105 min., b&w, Unrated)

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:30am to 1:00pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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