Sunday Cinema series ... movies based on books
Sunday Cinema series celebrates the natural affinities between film and literature in a dedicated forum that heightens the audiences appreciation of both.
$5 ticket includes light refreshments
Sunday January 27, 4:00pm
Frida is a biographical film about the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, staring Salma Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera. The movie was adapted from the book Frida: A biography of Frida Kahlo, by Hayden Herrera, and directed by Julie Taymor, who managed to beautifully integrate Frida's artworks into the story. In addition to providing a fascinating portrait of its heroine and allowing us to take a deeper view into her life, Frida also shows us the turbulent period of the 1920's and 1930's (for example, Rivera's struggle with Nelson Rockefeller when the latter commissions Rivera to paint a mural in one of his buildings).
Before Night Falls (2000)
Sunday February 24, 4:00pm
Directed by Julian Schnabel, Before Night Falls based on the autobiography of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, which was first translated into English in 1993. With the impressive performance of Javier Bardem as Arenas, the movie succeeds in portraying the political climate in Cuba during the early seventies, when the writer - an openly gay man - was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting minors and for publishing abroad without official consent. After being in and out of prison and attempting and failing to leave the country several times. Arenas finally left Cuba in 1980 and started a new life in the US.
The Mambo Kings (1992)
Sunday Mar 31, 4:00pm
An adaptation of 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings tells the life stories of Cesar and Nestor Castillo, brothers and aspiring musicians, who flee from Cuba to America in the hopes of reviving their failed musical careers. Featuring Banderas in his first English language role, The Mambo Kings is a spirited evocation of the mambo craze which swept post-war America, a story about love, greed, and fame.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Sunday April 28, 4:00pm
Based on Laura Esquivel’s award-winning novel Like Water for Chocolate, this is a delicious film about love, tradition, and food. Set in early 20th century Mexico, the story is told through the eyes of Tita, the last of three daughters of an affluent family who is forbidden to marry so she can care for her aging mother. Everything changes when she falls in love and starts to yearn for a life outside her own house. Rich in symbolism and metaphors, Like Water for Chocolate gives new meaning to the cliché 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach'.