Want to learn more about movies? Shameless plug for New Plaza Cinema’s programs

I do quite a bit of volunteer work for an organization named New Plaza Cinema. We used to show independent and foreign movies at a nearby small venue that first flooded with a major water main break, but would have been closed anyway because of COVID.

New Plaza Cinema offers bi-weekly, hosted Talk Backs about movies worth seeing. Our curator Gary Palmucci and author, film historian, and public speaker Max Alvarez are sometimes joined by actors from the movies or experts on the subject matter. The sessions last 75-90 minutes by Zoom and are free. All you need to do is register in advance.

We also have periodic lectures on subject matter related to themes with Max Alvarez that run a little longer. There’s a $10-$12 charge for those.

You can see what’s available and register at http://www.newplazacinema.org. Thereafter you’ll receive periodic emailed notices of offerings. You can stop the emails any time.

The next three events will be:

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Join New Plaza Cinema as we honor the work of Ida Lupino – director, producer and actor.

Lecture with Max Alvarez – Fearless & Hard-Boiled: The Films of Ida Lupino March 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:00 PM

New Plaza Cinema Lecture Series with Max Alvarez: The Films of Ida Lupino


Classic Talk Back: The Bigamist (1953), March 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET

Sunday, March 7, 2021 4:00 PM

New Plaza Cinema Classic Talk Back: The Bigamist (1953)




Join New Plaza Cinema, Max Alvarez, and the Museum of Arts and Design for a discussion of “The Art of Set Design” — Friday 2/26 @ 3 pm ET $10
Some of the most memorable films in history have had unforgettable art direction and design: the stylized soundstage recreation of Las Vegas in One From the Heart, the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, the glass and steel Paris of Jacques Tati’s Play Time, and a built-to-scale recreation of Pennsylvania Station in Vincente Minnelli’s The Clock, to name just a few.

In this online Museum of Arts and Design lecture on Zoom co-presented with New Plaza Cinema, film historian Max Alvarez analyzes the art of classic, non-CGI motion picture set and production design and the dazzling filmed results. Ken Adam, William Cameron Menzies, Cedric Gibbons, Alexander Trauner, and Richard Day will be among the designers whose astonishing achievements will be studied and celebrated. Films to be discussed (subject to change):Intolerance (1916; set designers: Frank Wortman, Walter L. Hall, R. Ellis Wales)
Metropolis (1926; art directors: Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Vollbrecht)
Sunrise (1927; art director: Rochus Giliese)
Dead End (1937; art director: Richard Day)
Gone With the Wind (1939; production designer: Willilam Cameron Menzies)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942; art director: Mark Lee Kirk)
The Clock (1945; art directors: Cedric Gibbons & William Ferrari)
Beauty and the Beast (1946; Christian Bérard & Lucien Carré)
Cleopatra (1963; production designer: John DeCuir)
Dr. Strangelove…. (1964; production designer: Ken Adam; art director: Peter Murton)
Play Time (1967; production designer: Eugène Roman)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968; production designers: Ernest Archer, Harry Lange, Tony Masters; art director: John Hoesli)
The Boy Friend (1971; production designer: Tony Walton)
New York, New York (1977; production designer: Boris Leven; art director: Harry Kemm)
The Shining (1980; production designer: Roy Walker; art director: Leslie Tomkins)
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (production designers: Ben van Os & Jan Roelfs)
One From the Heart (1982; production designer: Dean Tavoularis)
Querelle (1982; production designer: Rolf Zehetbauer; art director: Walter Richarz)
Moon in the Gutter/ La lune dans le caniveau (1983; production designer: Hilton McConnico)
Les amants du Pont-Neuf (1991; production designer: Michel Vandestien; art director: Franck Schwarz)
Eyes Wide Shut (1996; production designer: Roy Walker; art director: Leslie Tomkins)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004; production designer: Anthony Pratt; art directors: John Fenner & Paul Kirby)

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