If you just can't wait until the cineplex opens at Sawmill Crossing later this year, you can get your film fix for free at The Fall Art Film Series beginning next Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Co-sponsored by the Payson Art League and Eastern Arizona College-Payson, the series features four films about the lives of artists, each of which has received critical acclaim in its own right.
They will be shown on a 37-inch large-screen television in EAC-Payson Community Room on two Wednesday evenings in October and two in November.
According to Donn Morris, local artist and EAC-Payson art instructor, "All of these films either won or were nominated for multiple Academy or Tony awards. These are four excellent films."
Morris, who conceived and organized the series, will provide a brief introduction to each film and artist, and answer questions afterward about the artist, his or her work, and art in general.
The schedule includes:
"The Agony and the Ecstasy"
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.
With Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II, this 1965 masterpiece is based on the Irving Stone best-seller. Commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo initially refuses, then later destroys his work and flees Rome. Eventually resumed, the project becomes a battle of wills fueled by artistic and temperamental differences. Nominated for an Oscar for Cinematography and named one of the year's best films by the National Board of Review.
"Lust for Life"
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Kirk Douglas is Vincent Van Gogh in producer John Houseman's first-class treatment of the tormented artist's life. Anthony Quinn won an Oscar for his portrayal of painter Paul Gauguin who had a stormy relationship with Van Gogh. Set against the backdrop of late 19th century Paris when the Impressionists were changing the art world. Adapted from the Irving Stone best-seller, this 1956 production captures the agony of the prolific genius whose paintings went unsold during his lifetime. Those paintings, now valued at millions, are shown throughout the film, as are the locales in Holland, Belgium and France that inspired them.
The two films in November include the "Moulin Rouge" starring Jose Ferrer; and "Sunday in the Park with George," starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.
"We want to see what kind of response we get to these four films," Morris said. "If enough people are interested, we will continue the series in the spring semester and beyond."