A Weekend With The Roosevelts: Film Forum Presents "Hyde Park on Hudson": Franklin Roosevelt struggles to balance personal and political life in Roger Miller's charming film.

Posted by Kathryn Butler This Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 PM and Sunday Feb. 17 at 3 PM, the Saratoga Film Forum will present Roger Miller's charming historical film "Hyde Park on Hudson." The film is set in June 1939, in which Europe is on the brink of war, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) is trying to balance personal and political skirmishes of equal bedlam in his summer home, Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York. Mitchell's movie centers around one turbulent weekend as the President hosts the first-ever visit of a British monarch, King George VI (Samuel West)and his wife Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), who are desperately seeking America's support in the looming war against Germany. However, they are not the only guests during this weekend stay, and the tension in Hyde Park is not merely political. Seen through the eyes of FDR's distant cousin, close confidant and mistress, Margaret "Daisy" Suckly (Laura Linney), FDR's personal entanglements complicate the royal visit as his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), mother Sara (Elizabeth Wilson) and secretary Missy (Elizabeth Marvel) contribute to a memorable weekend. Relationships are formed as others are tested, and Daisy gains new insights on the nature of love and friendship while providing a very human perspective on one of the most famous presidents in our history. Skidmore's American Studies Professor Gregory Pfitzer will follow the Sunday showing with a conversation about Roosevelt and Hudson River valley culture. History and American Studies majors will definitely want to attend, as admission is only$5 for students.

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