Producers’ Film Picks for January 2015
The theme for the first selections in the Club’s twelfth year is:
“The stuff of life–bread & circus, bread & water, & bread & wine.”
INTO THE WOODS (2014)
Directed by Rob Marshall @ 124 minutes.
Written by James Lapine.
Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman, & Johnny Depp.
Synopsis: Based on the prize winning musical play, with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this is a modern twist on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales–Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & the Beanstalk, & Rapunzel–all tied together by a separate story of a witch who tasks a baker & his wife to procure certain magical items from classic fairy tales in order to reverse a curse that has been put on their family tree.
Directed by Rob Marshall @ 113 minutes.
Written by Bill Condon & Bob Fosse.
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs, John C. Reilly, Colm Feore, Queen Latifah, Chita Rivera, Christine Baranski, Lucy Liu, & Laura Dern.
Synopsis: Murderesses Velma & Roxie find themselves on death row together, & they decide to fight for the fame that might keep them from the gallows in the 1920’s Chicago.
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (1986)
Directed by Terry Hughes @ 146 minutes.
Written by James Lapine
Starring Mandy Pantinkin, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Bryne, & Brent Spiner.
Synopsis: This is an American Playhouse television adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical production, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In the First Act, George, an artist, paints his lover, Dot, along with others in his famous work, A Sunday afternoon on the Island of Le Grande. In Act 2, we meet one of George’s descendants, a sculptor, who is dealing with the issues of his grandmother, Life, & Art.
INTO THE WOODS has opened theatrically at the Grand Cinema, & several other neighborhood theaters.
CHICAGO will screen at the CSL on Friday, January 2, 2015.
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE will screen at CSL on Friday, January 9, 2015.
The Center for Spiritual Living, the church building where we hold our meetings & events, is located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, across from the Group Health Hospital.
The Grand Cinema is located at 606 South Fawcett Avenue, on the corner of Fawcett & 6th Streets, in the old Merlino Art Center.