SPARKy & Library Present: Pop Up Film Nights

MV5BMTU2ODM2NTkxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTMwMzU3Mg@@._V1_SX214_Thursday, January 16, SPARKy Productions and the Wilkinson Public Library present a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, ” is a1964 black comedy about an insane general (Sellers), who starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

The iconic film is presented by director Barry Sonnenfeld.

Sonnenfeld says he selected the film because:

 “If I were stuck on a desert island, and could only watch the films of one director, it would probably be Stanley Kubrick. His work today is undated, and in fact every space movie since 2001, still uses Kubrick’s visual language. My favorite movie of all time is  ‘Dr. Strangelove.’ It is a comedy in which no one (except one actor, who’ll we’ll talk about on the 16th) is playing for laughs. The acting, cinematography, music, set design, and direction are all playing their parts deadly seriously. The situation is absurd, but not the acting. In fact, Kubrick lets the audience find the comedy, and doesn’t tell them where it is. He trusts the audience. It’s what I’ve always tried to emulate in the movies I’ve directed, such as “Get Shorty’ or ‘Men in Black.'”” 

The following week on Thursday, January 23,  screenwriter Jeffrey Price discusses “My Darling Clementine,” directed in 1949 by John Ford.   The film is a classic Western that retells the shoot-out at the OK Corral.

“These two films are very different but wonderful examples of brilliant filmmaking and unique to our culture and the times in which they were made,” said SPARKy founder/director Jennie Franks.

Post-screening discussion for SPARKy supporters at a local eatery after the show.

Films both start at 6 p.m. and are free to the general public.

For a preview, watch this trailer of “Dr. Strangelove.”

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