GENEVA NY --- Movies are alive and well at the Smith Opera House, where the fall lineup has everything from Japanese anime and revolutionary documentaries to British comedy and classic cult horror and holiday favorites. Here is the lineup, listed by theme.
The Breadwinner (2017/United States/PG-13) Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984/Japan/PG)
Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
Experience the film that launched the Academy Award-winning career of one of the most celebrated filmmakers in animation, Hayao Miyazaki. After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.
The Polar Express (2004/United States/PG) Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
A doubting 8-year-old boy is whisked to the North Pole on a magical train for a meeting with Santa. Meanwhile, the train’s conductor, along with the other young passengers, help turn the boy’s crisis in faith into a wondrous journey of self-discovery. Starring Tom Hanks The Smith encourages movie-goers of all ages to wear their pajamas to the show. Kids under 12 go free.
24 Hour Party People (2002/United States/R) Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Impressed by an unknown local band called the Sex Pistols, TV personality Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) creates a uniquely anarchic record label called Factory Records in 1978. Mixing actual archival footage with stellar performances, “24 Hour Party People” captures the anarchy, excitement, and hedonism of a crucial moment in music history.
Pride (2014/United Kingdom/R)
Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
This film is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
Trainspotting (1996/United States/R)
Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Danny Boyle’s explosive film tracks the misadventures of young men in Edinburgh trying to find their way out of joblessness, aimless relationships, and drug addiction. Some are successful, while others hopelessly are not. Based on Irvine Walsh’s novel, Trainspotting melds grit with poetry, resulting in a film of harsh truths and stunning grace.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011/Sweden/Not Rated) Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker. Feminist and activist, Angela Davis, is featured in the film and will be visiting Geneva as a guest of Hobart and William Smith Colleges later in the week.
Girl Rising (2013/Netherlands/pg-13)
Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
This documentary spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. This film has free admission and is sponsored by Peace Corps recruiting.
MONSTERS COME ALIVE
Frankenstein (1931/United States/Not Rated) Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
A scientist assembles corpses to create a monster, who incurs the wrath of the local villagers when he impulsively kills a little girl. Subsequently seeking out his creator, the creature flees with him to a nearby windmill. Historic horror of epic proportions.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975/Italy/R) Oct. 27 at 9 p.m.
A cult classic from 1975 returns to The Smith on Halloween weekend, with action-packed romance, thrills, chills, lots of laughs and 16 great singalong songs. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is the ultimate movie experience, a mad mix of classic horror/sci-fi, super-charged sensuality and outrageous fantasy. Costumes and props (no water) are encouraged.
For ticket information, go to www.thesmith.org or contact the Smith Box Office. Tickets are available in advance as well as at the door. Please note that service fees apply to all online movie ticket orders.
The Smith gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the BritPop Series and documentaries, as well as Iversen Construction Corp. for all other films.
The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides diverse arts and educational enrichment opportunities year-round for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, NY. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 315-781-5483 during box office hours or visit www.thesmith.org.
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