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Winter Film Series: Music in Film with Dick Friedrich, professor of English (retired)

Black Box Theatre – The Inn at Stone Mill
410 Canal Place, Little Falls

The purpose of the series is to give participants the opportunity to examine the role played by music (actually the whole of the sound track) in three films which portray parts of the lives of three people. Attention will be made to point out especially those ways the music connects to the stories and how it reinforces the themes of the films. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the different ways the sound track supports the issues of the stories.

A 20 to 30 minute introduction would precede the film’s showing. The introduction would list (with handouts) points of emphasis which would direct the focus on the dramatic and film techniques, especially how the sounds work in the films. A brief discussion would also follow the screening.

Wednesday, February 25 - 6:30 PM
Cabaret centers on Sally Bowles, a prostitute Christopher Isherwood knew in pre-WWII Berlin and about whom he wrote in Berlin Diaries, a tale that formed the basis of Cabaret, a musical drama which, in turn, formed the basis for the film of the same name. The film features original music, written specifically for the musical drama and comments directly on moments in the life of Bowles and her lover with musical comments by a character named simply “MC.”

Saturday, February 28 - 2:30 PM
De-Lovely, a reflection on the life of Cole Porter, the outstanding American song writer. The music here comes directly from the musical output of Porter, but tends to remark, sometimes critically, on the specific scene.

Tuesday, March 3 - 2:30 PM
Without Limits, based Olympic distance runner Steve Prefontaine’s years as a collegiate and professional runner. A career that ended with his death in 1975. The music here illustrates the changes in direction of the life story and comes from the time of the film, late 1960s to 1975.

Fee: $5 for each movie

Register: Pre-registration not necessary. You may stop in or call MVCA at 315.823.0808.


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