March 20, kicking off the Complete Andrei Tarkovsky.
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A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, THE ROYAL ROAD offers up a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes. Director Jenni Olson in person! FREE to Amherst Cinema Members.
Whether Tommy Wiseau's instant cult favorite is the worst melodrama ever conceived, or the wiliest black comedy since CITIZEN KANE will be a matter of debate for generations of unsuspecting viewers. Either way, it will tear you apart!
With his second feature, a towering epic that took him years to complete, Tarkovsky waded deep into the past and emerged with a visionary masterwork about renowned icon painter Andrei Rublev.
What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon who was also a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII.