Film Sunday: “The Hustler” (1961)


The film for Sunday, 17 November, will be “The Hustler” (1961). Paul Newman stars as “Fast Eddie” Felson, a small-time pool (billiard) hustler who aspires to greater achievement in his craft. Along the way he falls in love. Shot in black and white Cinemascope, the film takes us through a seedy world of pool halls, diners, and hotels in the mid-20th century United States. You will not need to like pool to find this a terrific and absorbing film. Directed by Robert Rossen, it also stars Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott, and Piper Laurie.