Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Behind every great movie is an even better book


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

Brushing up on the literature behind some of the greatest movies ever made, while seated at the Magic Lantern are (first row, from left) Whitney Werth, Tom Jewell, Julie Zapoli, Tracey Caraluzzi; (second row, from left) Peggy Goldwyn, Donna Gerstenfeld, Stephen Schultz, Leslie Silva, Susan Passovoy; (third row, from left) Emily DuPont, Taylor Sturges, Eeva Pregitzer, Peggy Wagener, and Ellen Campion. Photo by Willy Cook

Last summer, Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and Texas Monthly put on another of their wildly popular Rolling Roadshows, the premise of which is to show outdoor screenings of notable films shot in the very town that the films are screened. When it was "The Last Picture Show" being shown in Archer City, Texas, author Larry McMurtry, in a fairly unprecedented public show of emotion, gave a few gems to the crowd.

As reported by D Magazine, McMurtry described "The Last Picture Show" as a "spiteful" book that took three weeks to write and was intended to "lance some of the poisons of small-town life.

"He also noted that Cybill Shepherd 'couldn't act a lick.' But she was real pretty," the magazine reported.

So, it seems, success, does not look the same to all people.

These days, people are more likely to be shocked to know that the latest big-screen spectacular is not only based on a true story, but actually was created from a book at all.

To honor the tradition of turning great books into great movies, this year's Our Moveable Feast is dedicated to those stories that we've gone from holing up on a porch swing with to gobbling down the popcorn to.

Our Moveable Feast will be held at the library on Sunday, March 11, and tickets are available now. Those who haven't read the books can enjoy the Cliff Notes versions with a selection of free movies hosted by Rick Kessler at the Magic Lantern leading up to the feast.

"Executive producers" of the event are Peggy Elliott Goldwyn and Donna Gerstenfeld, assisted by "Producer" Stephen Schultz and a cast of the Wood River Valley's top designers, artists and decorators.

Goldwyn said the library will be converted into a multiplex cinema complete with marquees, concession stands, red carpet and popcorn machines so that décor and cuisine will coincide with five books.

The books are: "The Help," "Harry Potter," "Out of Africa," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Godfather."

"Directors" of "The Help" are Leslie Silva and Peggy Wagener. The room will "star" catering by At Your Place Culinary Services, Idaho's Bounty, Rasberrys and Sun Valley Resort.

"Out of Africa" will be "directed" by Ellen Campion and Susan Passovoy. Playing starring roles are Dashi, Il Naso and Judith McQueen.

"Harry Potter" features Taylor Sturges and Robyn-Watson Hays as "directors." Since it is a tradition of Our Moveable Feast to mix dessert with children's literature, the "stars" will be sweet-tooth-pleasing Leslie Hanks, Perry's, The Sweet Crumb and Sun Valley Chocolate Foundry.

"Directors" Emilie DuPont, Eeva Pregitzer and Katherine Schroder will present an interpretation of the highpoints of "Slumdog Millionaire" with "stars" Globus, Glow and Rickshaw.

In their re-creation of "The Godfather," "directors" Tracey Caraluzzi and Julie Zapoli will be working with "stars" Ciro, Cristina's and Vintage.

An event called Lights, Camera, Auction is assembling a stellar group of auction items. "Directed" by Whitney Werth and "written" by Mimi Avins, the event features items that can be sneak-previewed online at www.thecommunitylibrary.org. They include unusual experiences such as a visit to the set of "Dexter" and premium house seats at a Broadway show, along with getaway dream homes in Provence, London, Buenos Aires and Akumel, as well as A-list dinners prepared by celebrity chefs.

Tickets may be bought online for $125 at www.thecommunitylibrary.org or at the Community Library.

Our Moveable Feast goes to the movies

What: Community Library's fundraising event

When: Sunday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Get ready: To participate in the library's salute to books made into films, Magic Lantern owner Rick Kessler is opening the doors of one of his Screening Rooms in Ketchum to present, free to the public, four of this year's selections:

"The Last Picture Show," Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

"Slumdog Millionaire," Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

"Out of Africa," Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7: 30 p.m.

"The Godfather," Thursday, March 8, at 7: 30 p.m.




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