Movies are back at Thomaston Library: April is National Poetry Month
THOMASTON — The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents Friday Night Film Series at the Thomaston Academy. April is National Poetry Month, and Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Thomaston Academy Building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance and light refreshments will be served. For more information call the library at 354-2453.
April 7 — Fear and the Muse: The Story of Anna Akhmatova (1991, NR, 60 minutes)
The poet, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1996), was a well-known figure among artists and literati of pre-revolutionary Russia. During the Soviet revolution, her emotional and personal work, full of strong feelings for old Russia, made her a political target, which placed her family and friends in danger. She was forced to live in fear and poverty, and although her poetry was banned by Stalin she continued to write for decades. This documentary tells Akhmatova's story, using historical footage, interviews with poets and critics, and examples of her poetry (read by actress Claire Bloom).
April 14 — The Belle of Amherst (2005, 116 minutes)
Julie Harris reprises her Tony Award-winning role as iconic 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson in this one-woman show. In recollecting the poet's past from her work, her diaries and letters, Harris' performance is "so perfect that the film assumes an authenticity and poignancy unmatched in similar films the poetry emerges fresh and contemporary.
April 21 — Orpheus (1950, 95 minutes)
This 1950 update of the Orphic myth by Jean Cocteau (Beauty and the Beast) depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais) scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead through Cocteau's famous mirrored portal. Orpheus represents the legendary Cocteau at the height of his abilities for peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling.
April 28 — The Mirror (1974, 107 minutes)
Award-winning director Andrei Tarkovsky, son of a famous Russian poet, was born in 1935 and grew up in and around Moscow during the Second World War. This non-linear autobiographical film is considered by many Russian-speakers to be his best film and is his most personal meditation on time, history and the Russian countryside. In a series of episodes and images, he captures the mood and feeling of the period just before, during and after the war.