COLDWATER, Mich. — Experience the artistry of cinema with two groundbreaking classics when Tibbits Classic Film Series screens “Invitation to the Dance” and “Citizen Kane” on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m.
While the story is always key to a good film, the method of telling the story becomes key in each of these films. “Invitation to the Dance” integrates dance and film to tell a story. “Citizen Kane” explores new visual devices, lighting and unique camera angles as a means of advancing the story. Both films also celebrate the genius of their creators Gene Kelly and Orson Welles, respectively.
First “Invitation to the Dance” from 1956, written, directed, choreographed and starring Gene Kelly, conveys three separate stories told entirely through dance. In the first story, “Circus,” Kelly portrays a clown who’s in love with a performer while she’s in love with an aerialist, forming a tragic love triangle. Segment two, “Ring Around the Rosy,” follows a golden bracelet through a delirious journey of re-gifting each time to win over someone. In the final segment, “Sinbad the Sailor,” sailor Kelly discovers a genie who grants his wishes. Sinbad wishes himself inside a book and fights for love by out dancing his enemies.
Next, audiences dive into the unraveling of the mystery of “rosebud” in 1952’s “Citizen Kane.” Produced, co-written, directed and starring Orson Welles, the film also features Joseph Cotton and Dorothy Comingore. “Citizen Kane” follows publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane’s life leading up to his inevitable demise. Running parallel with Kane’s back story, news reporter Jerry Thompson is tasked with discovering the meaning of Kane’s last word “rosebud.”
The Art of the Silver Screen is the final segment of Tibbits Classic Film Series for the season. The monthly double-features showcase Hollywood classics from such genres as sci-fi, film noir, musicals, comedies, and mysteries. The entire Classic Film Series has been graciously sponsored by Dr. Matthew Christopher, DDS. Admission to the films is free. Concessions, including a cash bar, will be available for purchase.
For more information, please visit Tibbits.org or call 517-278-6029. Screenings are held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St., Coldwater, Michigan.