WEEKEND: Cinema history series begins Saturday at Rose Theatre

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Saturday mornings for the next couple of months, “The Story of Film” series will whisk off movie buffs on an odyssey.

The starting point: the dark interior of the Rose Theatre, 235 Taylor St.

This seven-week expedition, to start this Saturday, takes film lovers through 12 decades and six continents of cinema history.

In its chapters, moviegoers explore cinematic lore and hear from a galaxy of legendary filmmakers and actors, according to www.RoseTheatre.com.

Each episode of “The Story of Film” will screen at 11 a.m. Saturdays through March 9.

A pass to see the entire series is $40, while admission to single episodes is the usual for a matinee at the Rose: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $6 for children.

This epic is “brilliant,” New York Times film critic A.O. Scott has written.

“The heroes you expect to see make their appearances — Chaplin and Keaton, Kurosawa and Bresson, Fellini and Antonioni, Bergman and Scorsese — and so do masters from every corner of the globe.”

The story’s chapters will unfold on the following schedule:

■   Saturday: Parts 1 and 2, “Birth of the Cinema” (1900-1920) and “The Hollywood Dream” (1920s).

■   Feb. 2: Parts 3 and 4, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s) and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s).

■   Feb. 9: Parts 5 and 6, “Postwar Cinema” (1940s) and “Sex & Melodrama” (1940s).

■   Feb. 16: Parts 7 and 8, “European New Wave” and “New Directors, New Forms” (1960s).

■   Feb. 23: Parts 9 and 10, “American Cinema of the ’70s” and “Movies to Change the World” (1970s).

■   March 2: Parts 11 and 12, “The Arrival of Multiplexes,” “Asian Mainstream” (1970s) and “Fight the Power: Protest in Film” (1980s).

■   March 9: Parts 13, 14 and 15, “New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia, Latin America,” “New American Independents and the Digital Revolution” (1990s) and “Cinema Today and the Future” (2000s).

This final program runs three hours. All others run two hours.

To learn more about the series, stop by the Rose Theatre, visit its website or phone 360-385-1039.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: January 24. 2013 7:13PM
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