Image caption: Ben Kingsley in Searching for Bobby Fischer
Scheduled for December 29
Rarely Seen Cinema Series
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
Directed by Steve Zaillian | In English
Starring Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Laurence Fishburne, and Ben Kingsley
109 min | Drama/Biography | 1993
Saturday, December 29, 11:30 am
General admission $3, Downing members $1. Tickets will be available soon.
About the Film
Searching for Bobby Fischer, a film of remarkable sensitivity and insight, tells a story based on fact, about a “new” Bobby Fischer—a young boy named Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc) who was born with a gift for chess, which he nurtured in the rough-and-tumble world of chess hustlers in New York’s Washington Square Park. His parents are at first doubtful of his talent, then proud of it, then concerned about how he can develop it without stunting the other areas of his life.
ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY
About the Film
Known for her whisky-laced voice and don’t-mess-with-me attitude, Elaine Stritch was one hilarious and tough broad. In a Tony-winning hit show tailor-made for Stritch, she wraps the audience at London’s Old Vic Theatre around her little finger with stories and songs from a turbulent career of more than 50 years, ranging from Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey to Stephen Sondheim’s Company and Follies.
Uncompromising and ruthlessly honest, Stritch sharpens her razor wit on a treasure trove of showbiz anecdotes with stars such as Marlon Brando, Noel Coward, Rock Hudson and Ethel Merman and movingly shares both her professional and personal struggles. Seamlessly woven into these vignettes are 19 show-stopping songs from Stritch’s Broadway career, including her famed world-weary rendition of Sondheim’s “The Ladies Who Lunch” and other unforgettable songs such as “But Not For Me,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Zip,” and “I’m Still Here!” This is one of the theatre’s most dynamic ladies in an incredible Grammy-nominated show that dazzled Broadway before winning 2 Emmys.