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Join us for a celebration of movies with interesting or significant music. Movies range from dramas, musicals, comedies, and more! Hosted by music enthusiast, Annis Scott.

2020 Schedule of Movies

September – Schindler’s List
Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives. It was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, including Best Original Score composed by John Williams and featuring violinist – Itzhak Perlman

October – Bel Canto
Roxane Coss (Julianna Moore), a famous American soprano (Renee Fleming as her singing “voice”) travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of a rich Japanese industrialist. Just as a gathering of local dignitaries convenes at Vice-President Ruben Ochoa’s mansion, including French Ambassador Thibault and his wife, Hosokawa’s faithful translator Gen and Russian trade delegate Fyorodov, the house is taken over by guerrillas led by Comandante Benjamin, demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Their only contact with the outside world is through Red Cross negotiator Messner. A month-long standoff ensues in which hostages and captors must overcome their differences and find their shared humanity and hope in the face of impending disaster.

November – Pavarotti
Featuring never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews, filmmaker Ron Howard examines the life and career of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti from his childhood to his last years.

December – Joyeux Noel
The 1914 WW1 Christmas Eve truce actually happened, although not on quite the scale suggested in this film, which was nominated for the foreign film Oscar. Officers and troops were punished for fraternizing with the enemy in wartime. On Christmas Eve, the Danish singer Anna Sorensen (Diane Kruger) is brought to a support this war area to sing for German officers and the Crown Prince, but insists on being taken to the front lines as her real hope is to see Sprink, her lover. Reaching the lines, she is surprised to find that thousands of little Christmas trees have been supplied by Berlin and form a decoration on top of the German trenches.
The Scots and the French are equally surprised by the trees, and by the sound of singing as Sprink and Sorenson sing “Silent Night” and “Adeste Fidelis.” Slowly, tentatively, soldiers begin to poke their heads up over the ramparts, and eventually they lay down their arms as they listen to the bagpipes of the Scots, and join in the singing. The next morning, Christmas Day, there is even a soccer game. Precious bits of chocolate are shared and they bury their dead, whose bodies have been rotting between the lines.

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