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The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield

A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, set in 1840s Britain, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.

Emmy® winners and Oscar® nominees Armando Iannucci (IN THE LOOP, THE DEATH OF STALIN, HBO’S VEEP) and Simon Blackwell (IN THE LOOP, HBO’S SUCCESSION) lend their wry, yet heart-filled storytelling style to revisiting Dickens’ iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England. Starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw , Gwendoline Christie.

“A sincere affection for and understanding of the source material shines through in its wit and good nature.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Crafting a don’t-miss movie out of Charles Dickens’ 1850 doorstop of a novel, Amando Inannicci and a sublime cast, led by a never-better Dev Patel, add a blast of mad, modern irreverence that is totally irresistible.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)

“Nimble, appealing and attuned to the nuances of Dickens’ spirit, Patel is a good Copperfield for today, a bright young man who’s able to overcome adversity and go far.” (TIME Magazine)

Thursday, November 12 Final Screening!
Doors 6:10 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (Armando Iannucci, 2020 / PG / 119 mins) re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers— giving the Dickensian tale new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world.

Cagefest 2020: Adaptation.

Cagefest 2020: Adaptation.

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Moonrise Kingdom

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The Dead Don’t Die

The Dead Don’t Die

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The Souvenir

The Souvenir

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Orlando

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Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

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Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria (2018)

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A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash is a sensuous, sun-soaked portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll that reunites I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino with the other-worldly Tilda Swinton. Loosely inspired by the French psycho-sexual drama La Piscine (1969), Swinton stars as rock legend Marianne Lane, who is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with… Continue Reading