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Jump-starting Your Summer with Jane Austen and Merchant Ivory

Film series opens tonight at BPL’s North End branch

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The Boston Public Library will screen Merchant Ivory films during June, starting tonight.

Fans of filmmakers Ismael Merchant and James Ivory can kick off the summer with a four-week retrospective of their production company’s films, starting tonight with Jane Austen in Manhattan.

The Boston Public Library’s North End branch screens the 1980 movie, starring the late Anne Baxter in her last big-screen performance, beginning at 6 p.m. The plot centers on rival teachers competing to mount an Austen play. Sean Young debuted in the movie.

The films of Merchant Ivory will be shown Wednesdays through June 29 at the BPL North End branch library, 25 Parmenter St., beginning tonight, June 1, at 6 p.m. The other films in the series are A Room with a View (June 15 at 6 p.m.), Howard’s End (June 22 at 5:30 p.m.), and Before the Rains (June 29 at 6 p.m.). Admission is free. You can reach the library by taking the MBTA’s Green Line or Orange Line to Haymarket Station. At street level, take the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Cross Street. Turn right and walk to the first intersection, Salem Street. Parmenter Street is at the first intersection on the right.

See a trailer for Jane Austen in Manhattan online.

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

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