Producers’ Film Choices for January 2013

The theme this month is “Illustrating different aspects about the fascinating life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) from 1921-1939.”



Directed by Roger Mitchell @ 94 minutes.

The film stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, & Elizabeth Wilson.

Synopsis: This is a story about the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley, centered around a particular weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of England were visiting his residence in upstate New York.

Tagline: The President, the First Lady, the King, the Queen, & the Mistress–one weekend would unite two great nations; after cocktails, of course. 

This film will open at the Grand Cinema on 01/04/13.



Directed by Vincent J. Donehue @ 144 minutes.

The film stars: Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn, Jean Hagen, Tim Considine, & Lyle Talbot.

Synopsis: This is a story that takes place in 1921, when FDR was 40 years old, when he was stricken with polio while vacationing at Campobello–how his family learned to cope with his illness, and how this did not stop his ambitious political career.

Tagline: The sun came up twice that day, once in the heavens for all to see, and once in the darkness for a man, his wife, and their children alone to share.


Directed by Joseph Sargent @ 121 minutes.

The film stars: Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer, Tim Blake Nelson, Jane Alexander, & Kathy Bates.

Synopsis:  This is an in depth look at FDR’s pre-presidency days, in the early 1920’s when he was first diagnosed with polio, through his rehabilitation at Warm Springs, GA, up to his nomination of Al Smith for the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1928.

Tagline: The greatest challenge FDR ever faced was the one we never saw.


HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON (2012) will open at the Grand Cinema on Friday, January 4, 2013.

SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1960) will be screened by the TFC at CSL on Friday, January 4, 2013.

WARM SPRINGS (2005) will be screened by the TFC at CSL on Friday, January 11, 2013.


The Grand Cinema at 606 South Fawcett Avenue in the historic Merino Art Center building on the corner of 6th & Fawcett.

The Center for Spiritual Learning (CSL) is located at 206 North J Street, across from Group Health hospital, on the corner of J Street & Division.


About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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