EventsFilm Discussion: Barry Marshall on Stanley Baker's Robbery (1967)

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Film Discussion: Barry Marshall on Stanley Baker's Robbery (1967)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Join the Boston Public Library and Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, for an online film discussion about Robbery (1967). Near the bottom of this description are are discussion questions to help guide this conversation, and attendees are asked to watch the film beforehand. A version is freely available to BPL patrons on Kanopy: To learn how to access Kanopy with your BPL account, visit this link on our website

This program will happen over Zoom. Once registration opens, we ask that people who are interested in attending please register with a valid email address. On the day of the program, at 12 PM (noon) EST, we will close registration and send registrants the Zoom link.

Early in his career, Baker was typecast as big, brutish, and brawling: an “angry young man” well before the British New Wave that launched “angry young” talents like Albert Finney and Lawrence Harvey. Critic David Thomson: “Until the early 60s, Baker was the only male lead in British cinema who managed to suggest contemptuousness, aggression and the working class”. It was when he started connecting with artistic directors like Joseph Losey in 1960 in The Criminal, Cy Endfield in 1964 with Zulu, and Peter Yates in 1967 with Robbery, that Baker came into his deeper, more nuanced period wherein he expressed both the frustrations of his class and the dynamism of a thoughtful man of action.

is produced by star Stanley Baker and directed by Peter Yates. It is a fictionalized version of the 1963 Great Train Robbery, but it features the clever elements of a great caper film, while also having the best car chase ever filmed in London. The film attracted Steve McQueen, which resulted in him hiring Yates for 1968’s Bullitt, his American directorial debut, and arguably the best car chase of all time.

Barry Marshall is a Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, teaching classes in Film and Media History as well as Copyright. He has had an extensive career as well as a musician and record producer, and has produced and written songs for several films and television shows. He also curates and presents film programs at the Boston Public Library. 

Barry Marshall has provided the following questions for people who are interested in attending to consider while watching Robbery:

  1. How did you like Robbery? Was it the kind of movie you expected it to be?
  2. Who has seen Bullitt? Can you see why Steve McQueen wanted to hire Peter Yates for Bullitt after seeing Robbery?
  3. How do you think Robbery portrays London in 1967?
  4. Does it surprise you that neither the police nor the thieves carry guns?
  5. This movie was loosely based on the Great Train Robbery in Britain in 1963. Are you interested in knowing more about the real robbery?
  6. Stanley Baker was a producer of this film and his production company, Oakhurst, made it. What do you think that means?

Programming like this is enabled through the generosity of a variety of public and private funding. To learn more and support our programming, visit the Boston Public Library Fund website.

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