Cinema: A Touch of Class

BUTLEY Directed by HAROLD PINTER Screenplay by SIMON GRAY Ben Butley, who teaches English literature at a London university, is generally befogged and intermittently besieged. An arch ex-wife seeks him out with the news that she plans to remarry. Students descend on him for tutorials, inundate him with papers like "Hate and Redemption in A Winter's Tale. "Edna Shaft (Jessica Tandy) is upset because Butley(Alan Bates) encouraged a student to quit one of her stifling seminars. Joey Keyston (Richard O'Callaghan), a junior member of the department, is planning to move in with his lover, Reg, whom Butley disdains. This news stirs...

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