While Steven Spielberg is one of the most popular directors in cinematic history, many of his best films remain unseen and misunderstood. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the public will be invited to explore one of these unknown masterpieces with a special screening at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
Les Friedman of the Media and Society faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a discussion and screening of the largely unknown “Empire of the Sun. The epic film traces the coming-of-age tale of the young Jim Graham, played by Christian Bale amid the turbulent Japanese invasion of Shanghai during the Second World War.
The film, based on the autobiographical novel by J.G. Ballard, was released in 1987 to critical acclaim but went largely unnoticed by audiences. Friedman, who is the author of “Citizen Spielberg, a book exploring the themes and artistry of Spielberg’s work, will introduce the film and host a town-hall style discussion afterward.
The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults.