Poets ‘Behind the Lines’

Apr 12, 2014
James Wilby, left, plays British poet Siegfried Sassoon and Jonathan Pryce plays William Rivers in “Behind the Lines,” released in Britain as “Regeneration.”

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. April is Poetry Month.

On April 18, the series will screen “Behind the Lines,” a fact-based R-rated film from 1997 that runs 95 minutes. An empathetic psychiatrist in a Scottish military mental institution treats shell-shocked soldiers but is tormented with the enormity of his task. Jonathan Pryce stars in this critically acclaimed, emotionally electrifying story of war’s devastating impact on a group of World War I soldiers — among them, and of particular interest, poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen — and the doctor who risks his own grip on reality to treat them.

The month’s slate will wrap up April 25 with “Songcatcher” (2000, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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