Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Love, madness, a guy in a gorilla suit-'60s Brit gem 'Morgan!' screens free Tuesday

'Morgan! A Suitable Case for Treatment," starring David Warner and Vanessa Redgrave, gets a rare area showing Tuesday March 18th, courtesy of the Chestnut Hill Film Group

Love, madness, a guy in a gorilla suit—’60s Brit gem ‘Morgan!’ screens free Tuesday

Bathtime  chez Delts. David Warner gazes adoringly at Vanessa Redgrave, from "Morgan!"
Bathtime chez Delts. David Warner gazes adoringly at Vanessa Redgrave, from "Morgan!"

“Nothing in this world seems to live up to my best fantasies, except you.”

A mid-‘60s swinging London comedy/love story/tale of madness, Morgan! A Suitable Case for Treatment gets a rare area screening on Tuesday, March 18, thanks to the folks at the Chestnut Hill Film Group. This forgotten gem, directed by Karel Reisz, has a bit of the British New Wave’s Billy Liar about it – a colorful, screw-loose protagonist lost in his own wild imaginings. In this case, that’s Morgan Delt (David Warner), a gangly, passionate, fisherman sweater-clad son of Marxists, whose obsessions with the simian life have gotten out of hand – he only feels himself when he’s inside a gorilla suit, scaling townhouse walls, riding a motor bike around town.

Vanessa Redgrave -- in her screen debut, and landing an Oscar nomination for her troubles -- plays Morgan’s artsy, well-to-do muse and missus, and she loves Morgan, too, but his grunting, sniffing, chest-beating antics have become too much to bear. She’s filed for divorce, and has suitors knocking. Funny, sweet, sad, smart, and shot by the great Larry Pizer, Morgan! represents ‘60s British cinema at its adventurous, freewheeling best.

Screening Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 pm, at the Woodmere Art Museum, 9211 Germantown Ave. Admission is free. A $5 donation is appreciated. For the full CHFG schedule, click here.

Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Consider our Movies blog your essential guide to new movies and classics, interviews with filmmakers and stars, news and views on the latest screen trends, reviews and the occasional rant.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter