...holds the viewer spellbound from start to finish...
NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) December 18, 2006
"Cleophas and His Own" presents legendary American expressionist painter in a way never before seen.
This movie is a film adaptation of Hartley's deeply personal and private narrative titled "Cleophas and His Own: A North Atlantic Tragedy" which he wrote as a way to ease his grief over the death of the man who was the great love of his life. This story of love and loss by one of the World's finest painters is a powerful elegy unique in the annals of American art.
"Cleophas and His Own" screens in New York at Sunshine Cinema, Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00 PM. This is just the second time this movie has been shown in New York since it was completed in 2005.
Shot entirely in Maine and directed by independent film maker Michael Maglaras, who also plays Hartley in the film, this movie presents Hartley very near the end of his life.
As the film opens, Hartley makes his way painfully to his makeshift studio in the remote coastal village of Corea, Maine, where, tired, alone, and gravely ill, he recounts to an unseen visitor a sad story of the fate that befell the Francis Mason family.
Employing Hartley's narrative in its entirety, the film uses flashbacks and twenty-four of Hartley's paintings and drawings to illuminate the joy and acceptance Hartley felt during the two idyllic summers he spent living with the Mason family on a remote Nova Scotia island in 1935 and 1936, as well as the pain he endured when the Masons suddenly lost three family members in a hurricane - and Hartley lost the man he loved: their son Alton.
Hartley spent the last seven years of his life painting and repainting the Mason family and depicting the stark reality of the cruelness of the sea - leaving behind an unparalleled body of work.
Wednesday, January 17 - 7:00 PM
143 East Houston Street (between 1st and 2nd)
New York, NY
Take the F or V Train to 2nd Avenue
Not rated / 147 Minutes
Discussion with director Michael Maglaras will follow
"Cleophas and His Own channels the artist's passion and suffering - and vision - with remarkable grace and drama…" (Carl Little, Art New England)
"...holds the viewer spellbound from start to finish..." (Peggy Parsons, Director of Film, National Gallery of Art)
"Hypnotic in its effect, this haunting film illuminates Hartley's life and work with a nearly Bergman-like gravitas." (Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee)
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