A comedy of artistic endeavor

Jan 13, 2018
Alec Guinness wrestles with his genius in “The Horse’s Mouth.”

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series in January offers a Time to Laugh. Films are screened Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The series is presented by Friends of the Thomaston Library.

The comedy continues Jan. 19 with “The Horse’s Mouth” (1958, UK), based on Joyce Cary’s classic novel. Ronald Neame’s film, a comic masterpiece, is nonrated and run 97 minutes. Alec Guinness, who wrote the screenplay, transforms himself into one of cinema’s most indelible comic figures — the lovably scruffy painter Gulley Jimson. As the ill-behaved Jimson searches for a perfect canvas, he determines to let nothing come between himself and the realization of his exalted vision in this perceptive examination of the struggle of artistic creation.

The series concludes Jan. 26 with “Hopscotch” (1980, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Thomaston Academy Building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance, where there is plenty of parking; and light refreshments will be served. 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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