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Pages to Reel tackles classic ‘A River Runs Through It’


WHO: Nevada County Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present

WHAT: Pages to Reel: A River Runs Through It

WHEN: Doors 11:30 a.m., Film at noon, Discussion 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15

WHERE: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City

TICKETS: $8/general admission, $7/NCArts and Magic Lantern Film Society Members

Seating limited to 60

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Saturday Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present their second installment of the “Pages to Reel” series with a special screening of the Academy Award-winning film “A River Runs Through It” at The Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

Pages to Reel is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic. In April, the two organizations kicked off the series with a sold-out screening of “On the Road,” directed by Walter Salles and based on Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel of the same name.

“A River Runs Through It” is an exceptional story of family dynamics, coupled with a visually stunning movie and makes for the perfect combination for the Pages to Reel book club and the reason this was the selection for June,” said JoAnn Marie, of the board of directors for Nevada County Arts.

“A River Runs Through It and Other Stories” is a semi-autobiographical collection of three stories by author Norman Maclean (1902–1990) published in May 1976. It is set in and around the city of Missoula in western Montana and follows a Presbyterian family during early 20th century Montana whose opinions of life are filtered through their passion for fly fishing. In a review for the Chicago Tribune, critic Alfred Kazin stated, “There are passages here of physical rapture in the presence of unsullied primitive America that are as beautiful as anything in Thoreau and Hemingway.”

In 1992, Robert Redford directed and produced the film based on the novella, which starred Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn and Emily Lloyd. The film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 1993 and was nominated for two other Oscars, for Best Music, Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in discussion. In particular, there will be an emphasis on the role and importance of cinematography in creating the visual style of a film. Cinematography is the photographic heart of a screenplay and uses a variety of source material and realizes the desired look using lighting, framing and camera movement.

Copies of the book “A River Runs Through It” can be purchased locally at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.

The film begins at noon, with the discussion following. Tickets are $8 for general admission, or $7 for members of NCArts or the Magic Lantern Film Society and can be purchased at the door.

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