The Scapegoat (1959)

Friday Feb 16, 2018

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While on a vacation in France from his nondescript job and life, John Barratt encounters a titled but impoverished French nobleman who looks exactly like him and trades places with him.

Books to the Big Screen: The Scapegoat (1959)

On a vacation in France from his nondescript job and life, John Barratt encounters a titled but impoverished French nobleman who looks exactly like him. The nobleman gets John drunk, and switches places with him to take a breather from his failing business and too-complicated life. John tries to convince everyone he is not who they think he is, but he begins to get more and more involved with the count's family, including an unhappy wife, domineering mother, lonely but talented young daughter, bitter spinster sister and the expected mistress. As John gets to know them he feels he can help them with their problems, but is also becoming used to his borrowed life, which has given him a purpose for the first time.Written by Ron Kerrigan

1 hour 31min

Stars: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey |

Director: Robert Hamer

Writers: Daphne Du Maurier (novel), Robert Hamer (screenplay)

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Better Than the Book?

Reel World

The ABQ-BernCo. Public Library returns to the historic KiMo Theatre for its annual Books to the Big Screen film series. The subject of this year’s series is British romantic novelist Daphne du Maurier. The literary action gets going on Thursday, Feb. 15 with the 1952 adaptation of My Cousin Rachel. Richard Burton stars as a young man who plots revenge against the beguiling woman (Olivia de Havilland) he believes married and murdered his cousin. On Friday, Feb. 16 it’s the 1959 version of The Scapegoat. Sir Alec Guinness stars as an English schoolteacher who meets his lookalike, a French count, and unwillingly swaps identities with him. Bette Davis co-stars in this twisty thriller. On Feb. 17, it’s Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film Rebecca. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine star in this version of du Maurier’s most famous tale about a bride tormented by the memory of her husbands’ dead first wife. All films start at 7pm and are free to the public. The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Ave. NW. For more info go to kimotickets.com.

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