BIFF slates 30th anniversary screening of 'Scrooged'


GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire International Film Festival is presenting a special 30th anniversary screening of "Scrooged," a dark comedy update of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," directed by Richard Donner and co-starring Bill Murray and Karen Allen, Dec. 14 at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a conversation between Allen and Berkshire writer and BIFF board member Mary Mott, and an audience Q&A session.

Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical television executive whose cutthroat business practices have made him rich and powerful, but left him a cold-hearted and lonely cynic. Allen plays his compassionate and kind-hearted girlfriend, Claire Philips.

Cross' ruthless nature inspires a supernatural intervention when he callously fires his long-suffering yes-man Eliot (Bobcat Goldthwait) on Christmas Eve. That night, he is visited by three eccentric ghosts (John Forsythe, David Johansen and Carol Kane), who force him to look back on the life choices that led him to his present state and the grim future that awaits if he doesn't change his ways.

Ticket information is available through the Mahaiwe box office at 413-528-0100; or online at or




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