Strand screens ‘Bambi’

Maine as muse?

Jul 11, 2017
“Bambi” (1942, USA) gets a rare 35mm screening at Rockland’s Strand Theatre.

Rockland — In honor of its 75th anniversary, a 35mm archive print of the Disney classic “Bambi” 1942, USA) will be screened Saturday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., following its Centerpiece Gala Film screening at this year’s Maine International Film Festival.

The classic Felix Salter story provides the basis for this animated feature that follows the male deer Bambi from birth through his early childhood experiences with woodland pals Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the traumatic sudden death of Bambi’s mother at the hands of hunters, his courtship of the lovely doe Faline and his rescue of his friends during a raging forest fire. Viewers last see the mature, antlered Bambi assuming his proper place as the Prince of the Forest. In the grand Disney tradition, “Bambi” is brimming with unforgettable sequences, notably the young deer’s attempts to negotiate an iced-over pond and especially the death of Bambi’s mother.

Film critics and enthusiasts speculate that “Bambi,” a film that made the woodlands feel as much like home to generations of young children as it is to the film’s animated deer, may have been set in Maine. The movie itself never explicitly tells us, but “Bambi” has several significant Maine connections. Photographer and artist Maurice Day, from Damariscotta, was sent to photograph the Mt. Katahdin and North Woods area extensively for the film’s visual development. The two live fawns that served as animation models were sent to the Hyperion studio by the Maine Development Commission; and the film’s music composer Frank Churchill came from Rumford.

Tickets are $5, general admission. The non-rated film runs 70 minutes. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

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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