February’s film at the MSV/Barns will be the new documentary, The King, from one of America’s best directors in this genre, Eugene Jarecki.  As the title suggests,it is a film inspired by Elvis Presley — or more exactly, by Presley’s impact on American society at the time and how his demise may be seen as a metaphor for problems in our country today.  The “vehicle” for this meditation (in two senses of the word), is Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce: the film takes us in the Rolls on a cross-country trip featuring music, talk and the changing American landscape.  The New York Times summed it up well: “Wildly ambitious, thoroughly entertaining…The King is a lot like its nominal subject, Elvis Presley.”

And, by coincidence, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be offering a one-time screening of The King at 7 p.m., February 28 as part of its Film Club program.  So, for those with busy schedules, you get three bites at this particular apple!

Link to https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_king for The King trailer and other information.  Also, details on this and other upcoming films follow below and are posted on www.magiclanterntheater.org.  We suggest that you scroll through the list, as the showings are not necessarily in chronological order.

Finally, a second reminder that we’re still encouraging you friends of the MLT to consider making a financial contribution to our efforts to bring varied and stimulating film experiences to the northern Shenandoah Valley.  Just link to http://www.magiclanterntheater.org for the form which you can submit on-line or print to send by snail mail.  We’ll welcome your support for our continued service to the community, not only by showing interesting cinema, but also through our program of modest grants to local filmmakers — to encourage both independent film-going and independent film-making in our region.

See you at the movies!

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