‘Shine’ opens Musical Lives month

Apr 26, 2014
Geoffrey Rush got his breakthrough role as a pianist suffering from mental illness in the biographical drama “Shine.”

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. May movies celebrate Musical Lives.

The series begins May 2 with “Shine,” a much-lauded PG-13 film from 1996 that runs 109 minutes. A richly deserved Oscar went to Geoffrey Rush for his riveting portrayal of Australian virtuoso David Helfgott, his ultimate triumph over a domineering father, schizophrenia, and an obsession with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. The film also stars Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud and   Armin Muller-Stahl (as David’s father).

Upcoming in this month’s series are: May 9, “Vitus” (2007, Switzerland); May 16, “Quartet” (2012, UK); “The Great Caruso” (1951, USA); and “Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey” (1994, USA/UK). 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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