Screening, discussion of ‘The Remains of the Day’
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What: Nevada County Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present Pages to Reel: The Remains of the Day
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, with doors open at 11:30 a.m.; Film starts at noon, followed by discussion.
Where: The Magic Theater, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City
Tickets: $8/GA, $7/NCArts and Magic Lantern Film Society Members, (Tickets available at the door, with seating limited to 60)
Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present another installment of the “Pages to Reel” series with a special screening of James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” 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, and in June screened Academy Award-winning film “A River Runs Through It,” based on the autobiographical short story collection by Norman Maclean.
“For those who love ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS’ Masterpiece, ‘The Remains of the Day’ is a must-see and read,” explains Magic Lantern Film Society director Jesse Locks. “It is an emotionally rich and powerful story.”
“The Remains of the Day” is a beautifully wrought piece about the dangers of living through the affairs of aristocracy, this film is the embodiment of the Merchant-Ivory set of films with impeccable performances from Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, while also being a faithful adaptation of the book by Kazuo Ishiguro.
The 1993 film adaptation, a quiet relationship drama set against a backdrop of European inter-war politics, was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Emma Thompson), Best Director (James Ivory) and Best Original Score (Richard Robbins).
Roger Ebert called the adaptation “a subtle, thoughtful movie.”
Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, which won the Man Booker Prize in 1989, provides additional insight into the subtlety of European politics and appeasement policy. The novel is a thoughtful exploration of both unrequited love and the pre-war climate among the English aristocracy. The novel has been named by The Guardian as one of “The Books You Can’t Live Without.”
“Pages to Reel chose this beautiful film in hopes of drawing the community together in a wonderful viewing and an exciting discussion,” says JoAnn Marie of Nevada County Arts.
After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in discussion. Copies of Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day” can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.
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