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Staff Pick! The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle: The Movie

Presented by George Conant…
Sunday May 4 in Woodstock!  
Date TBA  
(USA / 2000 / Directed by Des McAnuff)
PG / 92 mins. 
Those ruthless spies, Boris (Jason Alexander) and Natasha (Rene Russo), have wrangled their way into the real world while their Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro) is plotting to take over America. Only Rocky and Bullwinkle can save us, but first it’s up to squirrel and moose to foil Fearless Leader’s scheme to destroy the world! This fun-filled, pun-filled comic adventure picks up where the much-beloved series left off, spoofing television, politics, higher education, the Internet and especially themselves.- Universal Studios Entertainment.
Why George picks Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Movie: “I grew up with several cartoon shows that truly influenced my thinking. Perhaps the most interesting to me was the Rocky and Bullwinkle series because  the language was clever and full of puns ( I love puns). When I first saw Rocky and Bullwinkle: The Movie, I loved it! For a number of reasons… Primarily, this film tells a deep truth about our modern society and the political challenges we all face, about mass media manipulation and unacceptable agendas and policies. There are other films I want to screen with the same theme of truth told in movie fiction; this is the first. So without further ado come out and critically analyze Rocky and Bullwinkle telling it like it is!” – George E. Conant.
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The Last of the Unjust

In Rhinebeck 
Sunday May 4
 
(France, Austria / 2014 / Directed by Claude Lanzmann)
In Person: Roger Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights; Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College.
Claude (Shoah) Lanzmann continues to investigate the Holocaust here focusing on the controversial Rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia.
After he revisited his 1975 interviews filmed in Rome with Murmelstein, the leader of the town “given to the Jews by Hitler,” a ghetto of deceit chosen by Adolf Eichmann to dupe the world, Lanzmann decided he must make this film to provide some insight into the genesis of the Final Solution, to counter the notion of the banality of evil, and to revisit the savage contradictions of the Jewish Councils focusing on the only “Elder of the Jews” not to have been killed during the war, and who helped about 121,000 Jews leave the country. In English, German, and French with subtitles.
PG-13 / 220 mins.
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Bombay Movie

In Rhinebeck 
Saturday May 10
2:30 pm
(India, USA / 2014 / Directed by Alexandra Eaton)
In Person: Director Alexandra Eaton. The film will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A and a reception at Cinnamon Indian Cuisine. Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors and Students / $13 Members.
In Bombay, a city of brutal working conditions and success stories so unreal they could be fairy tales, Raja Menon sets out to make a movie about the men and women who quietly serve the city’s wealthy.
A far cry from India’s typical song and dance films, Barah Aana has one problem: Bollywood would never make this film. To tell his story about the working poor, Menon enlists two foreign producers, a star cast, and a hardworking and seasoned film crew. Battling crowds and corruption, the team looks like a circus in the slums where they are shooting and like outlaws in the rarefied suburbs. Determined to succeed, they overcome every obstacle and finance their film’s release. But when opening weekend arrives, they face a new problem. How will they convince people who see extreme hardship every day to pay the high price to see it fictionalized on screen? Directed by Bard graduate Alexandra Eaton, Bombay Movie is an intelligently composed film-within-a-film. Capturing the heart and the tenacity it takes to make an independent feature, Eaton’s documentary gives us a glimpse at the effects of the world’s massive entertainment industries, and a taste of the perseverance it takes to stand apart.
Unrated / 58 mins.
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