In Motion Film Series
The second annual “In Motion” Film Series for the 2012-2013 season, presented in partnership with Point Park University and the John P. Harris Film Society, promises to be an enlightening and entertaining experience for all. Each film thematically connects to an upcoming production giving patrons an opportunity to experience the far-reaching effects of timeless stories and characters across many art forms.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (NR)--October 21, 2012
Strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside and falls in love with the ghost of crusty former owner Captain Gregg. Like the ballet Giselle, this is a story of love that endures beyond the grave.
Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, and George Sanders
Scrooge (G)--December 2 , 2012
On Christmas Eve in 1860, the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner, who shows Scrooge that life is good and time is too short. This acclaimed musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, like the ballet The Nutcracker, joyously captures the Christmas spirit.
Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, and Edith Evans
Presented in collaboration with the Pittsburgh CLO.
Moulin Rouge (NR)--February 10, 2013
French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec frequently visits the cafe Moulin Rouge, where he drinks and draws sketches of the dancers and singers. One night he falls in love with a spirited young woman of the streets, throwing his life into tumult. This film was one of the sources used by choreographer Jorden Morris in creating Moulin Rouge—The Ballet.
Stars: Jose Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Colette Marchand
The Red Shoes (NR)--February 24, 2013
Under the iron fist of ballet impresario Boris Lermontov, dancers realize the full promise of their talents at a price: utter devotion to their art. Young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom when she falls in love with a composer and finds herself torn between the demands of ballet and those of her heart. Like the ballets in Unspoken, this film highlights the power of dance to speak in ways that words cannot.
Stars: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, and Moira Shearer
The Glass Slipper (NR)--April 14, 2013
This heartwarming version of the traditional Cinderella fairytale contains a captivating ballet sequence in which Ella (Cinderella) dreams of dancing with her Prince. Leslie Caron, who began her career as a ballet dancer, is a luminous and strong Cinderella.
Stars: Leslie Caron, Michael Wilding, and Keenan Wynn
All screenings begin at 2 pm and are held at the George R. White Theatre located in the University Center (414 Wood St.). Parking is available on-street and in local parking ramps (see map below). Each screening will begin with a short lecture by a local scholar or artist about significant aspects of the film and its connection to the upcoming ballet. Immediately following each screening, PBT cordially invites you to a short reception in the lobby.
RSVPs are kindly requested by the Tuesday prior to the film screening. To RSVP, please contact Lisa Auel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-454-9109.