Poetry Month film fetes Dickinson

Apr 05, 2014
Julie Harris won acclaim for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson on both stage and screen.

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.

Up next April 11 is “The Belle of Amherst,” the 1976 TV-adaptation of William Luce’s one-woman play about Emily Dickinson. The non-rated film runs 90 minutes and stars Julie Harris, reprising her Tony Award-winning role as the iconic 19th-century poet. In recollecting Dickinson’s past from her work, her diaries and letters, Harris’ performance is compelling in its authenticity and poignancy … and Dickinson’s poetry emerges fresh and contemporary.

Upcoming are: April 18, “Behind the Lines” (1997, UK/Canada); and April 25, “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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