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The Children’s Hour (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI


The Children’s Hour, an acclaimed drama from 1961, is a forceful examination of the power of malice and rumour in an intolerant society, with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine giving superb performances in the lead roles. Directed by William Wyler (Ben Hur, Roman Holiday) and also starring James Garner (The Rockford Files), it was nominated for five Oscars. This is the first time that The Children’s Hour has been available on Blu-ray in the UK.

Based on Lillian Hellman’s groundbreaking 1934 play (inspired by a true story of two Scottish teachers in 1809), The Children’s Hour stars Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine as best friends who run an exclusive girls’ school. When a disruptive pupil starts a rumour that the pair are in a lesbian relationship, there are serious repercussions for everyone.

The Children’s Hour was nominated for five Oscars: Actress in a Supporting Role (Fay Bainter), Cinematography (Black & White), Art Direction (Black & White), Set Decoration, Costume Design (Black & White) and Sound. Leading actor Shirley MacLaine was also nominated for a Golden Globe.

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Special Features

Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
Audio commentary by Neil Sinyard
Original theatrical trailer (2 mins)
Stills gallery
Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Sarah Wood, So Mayer, Philip Kemp and Neil Sinyard, plus full film credits


Bluray, DVD