Sponsored in part by the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities and presented in partnership with The State Theatre.
Each film is at 2 p.m. in The State Theatre, 130 W. College Avenue, State College.
Tickets are available at The State Theatre box office beginning two weeks before each film date or at the door.
Adult $8 • Student $6
2 p.m. Sunday, January 20
Christopher Guzman, classical pianist and assistant professor of piano in the Penn State School of Music, introduces the film.
Thirty Two Short Films (1993) is an award-winning motion picture about piano prodigy Glenn Gould. It is a collection of vignettes each highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist. From the director Francois Girard (The Red Violin), the film’s music consists almost entirely of piano recordings by Gould and includes works famously linked with him, such as Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the Well-Tempered Clavier.
Director: François Girard
Writers: François Girard and Don McKellar (screenplay)
Stars: Colm Feore, Derek Keurvorst, and Katya Ladan
2 p.m. Sunday, February 3
Michael Broyles, professor emeritus at Penn State and professor of musicology at Florida State University, introduces the film.
Immortal Beloved (1994) tells the life story of composer Ludwig van Beethoven and the mystery woman identified in private letters as his “immortal beloved.” Following Beethoven’s death, his secretary and first biographer Anton Schindler begins a journey to identify the mystery woman. It’s the tale of a man of genius, a woman of passion, and the mystery of a lifetime.
Director: Bernard Rose
Writer: Bernard Rose
Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, and Isabella Rossellini
2 p.m. Sunday, March 24
Marica Tacconi, professor of musicology in the Penn State School of Music, introduces the film.
Tous les Matins du Monde (1991), a French fictional film based on historical characters, focuses on the seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century composer Marin Marais’ life as a musician, his mentor Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, and Sainte-Colombe’s daughters. Director Alain Corneau adapts writer Pascal Quignard’s novel, a passionate and haunting story about the love of music and the apprenticeship of a famous viol player. The viol da gamba, a stringed instrument similar to a cello played by the instrument’s master Jordi Savall, is heard throughout the film and sets the mood for the story.
Director: Alain Corneau
Writers: Pascal Quignard (novel), Alain Corneau (adaptation)
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle, and Anne Brochet
2 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Charles Youmans, associate professor of musicology in the Penn State School of Music, introduces the film.
Amadeus (1984) is the incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri. The film was nominated for fifty-three awards and received forty, eight of them Academy Awards including best picture. It is the story of one of the world’s most famous composers as seen through the eyes of his enemy. The film, which has been called “an emotionally charged and tragic piece,” is ranked among the American Film Institute’s top 100 Best American Movies.
Director: Milos Forman
Writer: Peter Shaffer (original stage play and original screenplay)
Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, and Elizabeth Berridge
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