Harpur Cinema to feature ‘Magic, Miracles & Other Extraordinary Events’

Harpur Cinema’s Fall 2011 season will feature recent films such as Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist and Werner Herzog’s Cave of Dreams. The series “Magic, Miracles & Other Extraordinary Events” will include eight popular releases representing international cinema from the most classic to the most surreal.

The fall schedule is:
Sept. 16 and 18: The Tempest — Julie Taymor (USA, 2010) 110 min. Before Spiderman flew across the Broadway stage, Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Titus Andronicus, Frida), directed this gender-bending version of Shakespeare’s magic play.  Never one to hold back, Taymor casts the radiant Helen Mirren and the rowdy Russell Brand in this adaptation that uses every form of cinematic magic to spin “Prospera’s spells.”
Sept. 23 and 25: L’Illusioniste/The Illusionist — Sylvain Chomet (UK-France, 2010) 80 min. Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) conjures up this animated tale about man whose increasingly shabby magic act is transformed in the starry eyes of a young girl from an unproduced script by filmmaker Jacques Tati, famous for his (largely silent) commentaries on the foibles and absurdities of modern life.  Tati himself is reincarnated in the figure of the melancholy magician in this poetic reinterpretation. The Sept. 25 showing will be introduced by Professor Dora Polachek.
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