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The Duke

1 hour 36 minutes

R

Maine Film Center

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME

Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren bring a smile to the audience in THE DUKE. "A ridiculously charming British comedy" (Playlist.) In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery's history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage. Drolly and quintessentially British, "THE DUKE is that rarest of things: a comedy that knows that a twinkle in the eye and a fire in the belly needn't be mutually exclusive"—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.

Daily at 2:45 and 4:55

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