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A Special Event! Joe Fortunato presents Fortunato Film School


United States | 1946 | Frank Capra


Want to learn how to analyze a film? Interested in the history and stories behind one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time? If so, then join us tonight when Arizona State University film professor (and Akron native) Joe Fortunato brings one of his popular “Fortunato Film School” presentations to Ohio for the first time! (They are regular attractions at Phoenix’s FilmBar and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.) The evening will begin with a brief discussion of the background and making of this Christmas classic, in which a distraught banker (James Stewart) discovers the true meaning of the holidays. Then we will show Capra’s masterpiece on our big screen, with professor Fortunato providing live commentary (pausing the movie when necessary) to give insight into the filmmaking process and guidance on how to "read" films creatively. The evening ends with a post-screening discussion. What a way to usher in the year-end holidays and conclude 2017 at the Cinematheque! Blu-ray. Total program time approx. 3 hours.

Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $9. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.

NOTE: No "homework" or prior knowledge of this movie is required. However, if you've never seen It’s a Wonderful Life, you might want to watch it without the interruptions before coming to this program, to experience it as it was intended.

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Sunday 12/17
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