Elia Kazan’s THE SEA OF GRASS is now available on dvd to borrow from the Hugh Stouppe Memorial Library of the Heritage United Methodist Church of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Based on the novel by Pennsylvania native Conrad Richter, the film unites offscreen couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as newlyweds whose contrasting points of view about prairie life lead to tragic consequences. Filmed partly in the Canyon de Chelly, this unusual Western epic drama avoids Hollywood clichés, ending on a decidedly bittersweet note. Kino Ken’s complete review is available to read at the LVCA website, www.lvcinemaassociation.org . The WB dvd comes with two enticing extras: a Theater of Life short live action documentary shot in Mexico but narrated in English, titled GIVE US THE EARTH!, and the classic Oscar®-winning Tom and Jerry cartoon titled THE CAT CONCERTO, featuring a completely depraved rendition of Franz Liszt’s 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody. Enjoy!
On Wednesday morning, May 20th, a bus will be leaving Ligonier Borough to transport film enthusiasts to a very special event in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The Jimmy Stewart Museum is holding a 20th Anniversary Open House. Admission will be free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Between the hours of twelve and one there will be singing by the Sweet Adeline group, a ribbon cutting, screening of a 20th Anniversary Tribute Film, Group Singing of Happy Birthday to Jimmy S., cake, and lemonade. Bus visitors will also enjoy lunch somewhere on the road. Cost per person has yet to be determined. It will depend on the number of individuals contacting Judy in advance at the Valley Center for Active Seniors in Ligonier. Bus departure time will be 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Judy at (724) 238-7942. Kino Ken plans to attend. Will you join him?