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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

In the time of the butterflies

June 12, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

In the Time of the Butterflies is a 2001 film based on Julia Álvarez's book of the same name. Set in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of President Rafael Trujillo (Edward James Olmos), the story is a fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters. Selma Hayek stars as Minerva Mirabel, who leads her sisters Mate (Mia Maestro) and Patria (Lumi Cavazos) into the resistance movement after Trujillo murders their father. After a series of increasingly dangerous events, she, Mate, and many resistance members are arrested and sent to jail. Minerva becomes a symbol, and many prisoners, guards, and outsiders secretly voice their support for "the Butterflies." (95 min.)

 

The Hundred Foot Journey

July 10, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a 2014 film adapted from Richard Morais' 2010 novel of the same name. Helen Mirren stars as Madame Mallory, the proprieter of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a French Village. When an Indian restaurant opens across the street from hers, a rivalry develops between her and the Kadam family, which runs it. Other stars include Om Puri as the father, Manish Dayal as Hassan, the chef of the family, and Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite, Madame Mallory's sous chef. (122 min.)

 

 

Marjorie Morningstar

August 14, 2108 - 6:30 p.m.

Marjorie Morningstar is a 1958 film based on the 1955 novel by Herman Wouk.  Marjorie Morgenstern (Natalie Wood), is a young Jewish woman in New York City in the 1950s.  She defies her parents’ expectations for a conventional life by aspiring to be an artist and falling in love with actor and playwright Noel Airman (Gene Kelly). The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, and won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Carolyn Jones). It also won four Laurel Awards, for Top Song, Top Female Supporting Performance, Top Music Composer, and Top Music Director.  (128 min.)

 

Blade Runner

September 11, 2018

Blade Runner is a 1982 adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It is set in a dystopian future, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered to work on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of replicants escapes back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) reluctantly agrees to hunt them down. The film won numerous awards, including a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score - Motion Picture, and two Academy Awards, for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and for Best Effects/Visual Effects. (117 min.)