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Tonight: “Get in the back of the van!”

September 20, 2012 | by

When BAM asked The Paris Review to choose a film for screening in concert with the Brooklyn Book Festival, the choice was obvious. So, tonight, please join Leanne Shapton, Lorin Stein, and yours truly for a special screening of the cult classic Withnail and I. To the uninitiated: the film, directed by Bruce Robinson, stars Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant as two wastrels in 1969 London who decide to take a restorative holiday in the countryside; obsessively quotable mayhem obviously ensues. Some find it baffling; some find it disturbing; for the rest of us, it is a magnificent obsession. All three camps are invited!

Starts at 7 P.M. Discussion to follow. Click here for tickets.



  1. Arthur | September 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Sorry to quibble, but the film is largely set between London and the Lake District — Cumbria is hardly “the Welsh countryside”! Have fun, wish I could join…

  2. Sadie Stein | September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Too true!

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