Film Society Hosts Sound + Vision, Salma Hayek, Richard Lester Series, and 25th Anniversary Screening of Metropolitan
By: Ellis Nassour
The Third Edition of Sound + Vision – a documentary series running through August 7 that’s a feast for the eye and ear explores musical artists, genres, and styles. Among the premieres and retrospectives are the undersung heroes of Latin boogaloo and James Szalapski’s 1976 country-music classic Heartworn Highways, a train full of today’s greatest musicians and visual artists on a cross-country journey,
Documentarian and music-video director Julien Temple, fellow traveler of English rockers The Clash, The Kinks, and the Sex Pistols gets his due with a retrospective highlighting both his greatest and latest, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson. The series also features three live multimedia performances by Talibam!, Preston Spurlock & Friends, and Foxes in Fiction.
Screenings are at FSLC’s Walter Reade and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center with Q&As and live performances in the Amphitheater.
Upcoming at FSLC
Summer Free Talks: August 5, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheatre – Salma Hayek on Animated Feature of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Salma Hayek will appear at 6 P.M. for an informal chat to discuss her vocal performance in the animated feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, (Prophet Screen Partners, MyGroup Lebanon, Doha Film), which she co-produced. Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Hayek) cleans house for the exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Oscar and GG nominee Liam Neeson), but her most difficult job’s keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Oscar and GG nominee Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble.
The trio embarks on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home-but first they must evade the authorities who fear that Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion. Gibran’s classic has sold over 100 million copies in 40 languages since its 1923 publication. Other voice performances are by DD winner and Tony and Emmy nominee Alfred Molina, Tony winner Frank Langella, and John Kraskinsky (Emmy nominee, The Office).
The film boasts stunning animated sequences by award-winning animators Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, and Bill Plympton – who’re among the segment directors along with lead director Roger Allers.
Seating is limited. Arrive early. The Prophet opens August 7.
August 7-13 – Richard Lester: The Running Jumping Pop Cinema Iconoclast
No filmmaker captured with greater gusto or more dazzling technique the spirit and energy of Britain in the Swinging 60s than Richard Lester. Ironically, he was a Philadelphia native. Soon after decamping in London, he made a name for himself in TV. When the door opened to features he began a much-lauded anti-establishment and absurdist collaborations with The Beatles. Among his films being screened are: A Hard Day’s Night, Help, A Funny Thing…, The Rocky Horror Show, and such classics as Petulia (featuring the dazzling cinematography of Nicolas Roeg), The Knack and How to Get It, and How I Won the War.
August 7, 8, and 9: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center – Metropolitan, Whit Stillman’s 1990 Comedy of Manners, with Director/Cast Appearances
Metropolitan (Rialto Pictures; 98 minutes) – Celebrating a full restoration for its 25th Anniversary, this seminal comedy of ironic socialites too highbrow for their own good spawned a host of imitators. It introduced art house audiences to the "UHBs" (urban haute bourgeoisie), and brought a class-conscious verbal flair to 90s indies.
During debutante season, middle-class a Princeton student (Edward Clements) falls in with the "Sally Fowler Rat Pack," a group of Upper East Side friends named for the girl (Dylan Hundley) whose apartment they use for after-hours parties. He becomes smitten with one girl (Carolyn Farina) while struggling with his feelings for his ex (Elizabeth Thompson), and batting declarations of grandeur from a conservative friend (Taylor Nichols) and a slick dandy (Chris Eigeman – Gilmore Girls, Malcom in the Middle). Stillman (The Last Days of Disco, Barcelona) takes a detailed and intimate look at this world with clear affection for his characters.
Q&A Schedule, all 7 P.M.: August 7 at 7:P.M. cast members Eigeman, Hundley, Farina, and others will appear. On August 8, Stillman, Hundley, Farina, and others. August 9 Stilllman. Screenings daily through August 13.
For information, showtimes, and tickets and multi-show packages, visit www.filmlinc.com.
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