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Georgy Girl based on the book by Margaret Forster

Georgy Girl 

based on the book by Margaret Forster

One of the quintessential movies of the 1960s, Georgy Girl epitomized the 'Swinging London' lifestyle. Even if you've never seen it, you know the title song by the Seekers. Some of you, right now are singing Hey there, Georgy Girl in your heads. 

“No matter what I try... God's always got a custard pie up his sleeve.’’

The logline

A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.

Georgy Girl was played Lynn Redgrave of the acclaimed British acting dynasty—sister of Vanessa, daughter of Michael—in her first starring role for which she won the Golden Globe and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance. Redgrave was born on this day, March 8, 1943, and died on May 10, 2010. 

Georgy Girl also starred Charlotte Rampling—still actively working (we loved her in The Sense of An Ending based on the Julian Barnes novel and The Little Stranger based on the book by Sarah Waters) James Mason and Alan Bates costarred and you can watch the movie on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and GooglePlay.

About the book 
Georgy is young, gregarious and fun - she is also large, self-confessedly ugly and desperate for love. Georgy bears her fate bravely as she alternates between playing the fool and humbling herself before Meredith, her pretty, callous flatmate, although when James, middle-aged socialite and self-imposed 'Uncle', asks Georgy to become his mistress, she is tempted to accept. Then Meredith announces that she is pregnant and Jos, the expectant father, decides he is in love with Georgy...’’

As upbeat as the theme song is, as kooky as the trailer plays, it's clear that Georgy Girl embraces Georgy's essential loneliness, an odd duck in a world where swans get all the love. It's been years since I watched the movie but I have a strong hunch that more than laughter, the material will have me crying a tear or two. Hey there, Georgy Girl. I hope you've found some happiness now.

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