OLLI@UGA presents THE WISHING RING (1914)
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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presents the 100th Anniversary Screening of the rediscovered silent classic
THE WISHING RING: AN IDYLL OF OLD ENGLAND (1914)
Reception: 5:45pm + Film 6:45pm
starring Vivian Martin, directed by Maurice Tourneur, adapted from the Owen Davis stage play
According to film historian William K. Everson, to offer a fully detailed synopsis of Maurice Tourneur's delightful period piece The Wishing Ring "would do a disservice to its charm." Suffice to say that the film's wide-eyed heroine Vivian Martin comes into possession of a ring which she believes to have magical powers. Armed with this belief alone, the girl is able to change the course of her entire life. Adapted from a play by Owen Davis Sr., the film opens and closes theatrically, with a group of giggling young maidens opening and closing a proscenium curtain but is otherwise thoroughly and gloriously "cinematic." Such is the skill of director Tourneur that many people have been led to believe that the film, shot in its entirety in New Jersey, was actually produced in England (even the New Jersey Palisades seem convincingly "British!"). Rediscovered almost by accident by movie archivist Kevin Brownlow, The Wishing Ring may well be the best of Maurice Tourneur's pre-1916 films and is also a testament to the talent of his cameraman John Van Den Broek.
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We treasure the experience of screening films in a unique community setting.
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Ciné plays a key role in the cultural landscape of downtown Athens, providing the unique opportunity to share the vitality of a community movie-going experience in a state-of-the-art setting, without the commercial distractions of the multiplex.
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