The wild beauty of Yorkshire, England, is the setting for Red Riding Trilogy, a remarkable British TV adaptation of David Peace's series of detective books, Red Riding Quartet. (The four books were squeezed into three films, each with a different director.)
The highly prized interlocking triptych of movies spans ten years and spins a bleak yarn of serial killings and police corruption. In the first installment, 1974, intrepid young newspaper reporter Dunford (Andrew Garfield) arrives to investigate the disappearance of young girls and runs into the muscular stonewalling of the local police. When he finds the latest victim, a young girl who has had swan wings sewn onto her back, the grisly story takes off in alarming new directions and young Dunford must run for his life. The charismatic Sean Bean appears as a very bad businessman, with Irish dazzler Robert Sheehan as a male prostitute.
1980 plays off the real-life Yorkshire Ripper case, with Paddy Considine as a good cop, while 1983 brings the characters full circle as redemption is within reach of the constable who finally links together the years, the horrific murders and the community's most respected members. 1983 stars David Morrissey as the detective who sees the light.
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See each film individually during evenings throughout the week, or catch all the stories in chronological order today, with Red Riding Trilogy: 1974 screening at 11 a.m., Red Riding Trilogy: 1980 at 1 p.m. and Red Riding Trilogy: 1983 at 3 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For a full schedule, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.
Sat., July 3, 7 p.m.; Mon., July 5, 1 p.m., 2010