Harbor Theater’s Exhibition on Screen series of art films on Friday afternoons is reaching its halfway point. Films on Monet, Degas and Picasso have played to enthusiastic audiences since October. There seems to be a passion for art in the Boothbay region. Not surprising considering the number of artists and art we have in our midst.
The next film in the series is “Cezanne – Portraits of Life,” coming Friday, March 8 at 2 p.m.
The film is based on a popular exhibition of the portrait work of Cezanne that opened in Paris last year and then traveled to London and Washington, DC. It features interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, DC and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself.
The film, directed by Phil Grabsky, is 89 minutes, and takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least-known of all the impressionists – until now.
Exhibition on Screen art films are produced by Seventh Arts Production, a British film company. The cinematography is of the highest quality, as are the reproductions of art. Learning from curators at these exhibits, and seeing where the artist lived and worked, plus hearing the artist’s own words describe his deepest feelings about art gives one an in-depth appreciation of the paintings of some of the world’s best-known artists.
The last three films in the series are: “Rembrandt,” April 12, “American Impressionism,” May 10, and “Van Gogh and Japan,” June 7.
Harbor Theater will do another six-part series in 2019-2020, including new productions that will be filmed at current exhibits here and in Europe.
The theater is at 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor.