The Great Movies: Billy Liar (1963)

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Watch the movie on Kanopy beforehand, then join us for a lively Friday evening discussion on Zoom. Register for this program to receive the Zoom login information via email.

Billy Fisher (Tom Courtenay) is a lazy, wildly inventive and irresponsible clerk in a north country town, who defrauds his employers of petty cash. Unable to accept the drab reality of life, Billy escapes into a world of fantasy, imagining he is a successful man of the world in various situations. But when he becomes engaged to two girls at the same time and invents a demand for his non-existent writing talents, his troubles become more complex. That is until he meets Liz (Julie Christie), a beautiful and understanding girl, who appreciates the creative instincts hidden behind his dreams.

Nominated for Six Awards, including Best British Film, at the BAFTA Awards. Nominated for a Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival.

"One of the great movies of the 1960's." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Not rated, 99 min. 

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