Pier Paolo Pasolini’s MEDEA; January’s LBOpera Cinema Sunday Morning Lecture and Film Series

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lbOpera Sunday morning lecture and film seriesMaria Callas starring in her only film role.

On Sunday, January 30, 2011, The LBOpera Cinema continues its popular Sunday morning lecture and film series with MEDEA by Italian Director Pier Paolo Pasolini. (Italian with English subtitles)

“The only movie made by Maria Callas, Medea nevertheless contains not a note of the great diva singing. And yet her presence is stunning, with a face (often seen in close-up) that cuts across the frame like a great phenomenon of nature. This raw, mostly wordless take on the Greek classic is a characteristic film from the influential Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini: intellectually sophisticated yet almost primitive in its feel. The weird, jagged locations and Pasolini’s elliptical style contribute to the sense of violence already in the story, and the visual approach (realized by Gangs of New York production designer Dante Ferretti) brings in African masks and pagan rituals. If it’s not quite satisfying as a treatment of the original Euripides play, it succeeds as a blunt experience in its own right. And tantalizingly suggests what Callas might have done had she opted for a movie career.” –Robert Horton

The LBOpera Cinema Sunday morning lecture and film series is Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 11:00am at The Art Theatre of Long Beach 2025 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA. 90804.

Tickets for the event are $10, which buys you coffee, a pre-film lecture by LBO Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek, and great company… the movie is free!

Purchase tickets by calling the LBO Box Office at 562-432-5934, online at http://www.longbeachopera.org/events/lbo-cinema, or at the door on a space available basis.

For additional information on Long Beach Opera – Andreas Mitisek, Artistic and General Director. Long Beach Opera, 507 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA. 90802. Tel. 562-432-5934

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