When Pearl Berman (Shirley MacLaine) loses her husband after 37 years of marriage, the last thing she’s looking for is new love, but that’s what she finds when charming Joe Meledandri (Marcello Mastroianni) shows up at the funeral. As it turns out, the dapper Italian has loved Pearl secretly for years — 23, in fact, dating back to the night he met her spouse in a bar and persuaded him not to leave her. Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy also star.
Beeban Kidron, Baroness Kidron, OBE (b. 1961) is an English film director known for her much-lauded adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and for directing Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. In 2008 with Lindsey Mackie she founded the charity Filmclub, which has since grown to be one of the largest and most influential after-school clubs in the UK, attracting over 160,000 children and young people each week. In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Early life and career
Kidron was born in North London to Nina and Michael Kidron. Her father Michael was a Marxist economist and Beeban spent several years living in Yorkshire while he taught at the University of Hull. She first took up photography when she was given a camera by landscape photographer Fay Godwin during a period when she was unable to speak following a throat operation. Her photographs… read more