Knickerbocker Summer Film Series
Begins Friday, July 19
Posted July 9, 2002
HOLLAND -- The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown
Holland provides some thoughtful, fun and always-interesting
films as a break to the summer heat.
The Summer Film Series runs from Friday, July 19,
through Friday, Sept. 13, with a total of six films covering
subject matter ranging from a folk music concert to a
"The Tango Lesson" tells the story of a film
director's involvement with a great tango dancer, two people
who think they are destined for each other, but clearly are
not. Filmed in black and white with bursts of color, this
film is a treat for the eyes, and includes great dance
sequences. "The Tango Lesson" runs Friday-Thursday, July
19-25, with showings at 7 and 9 p.m. It is rated PG, and is
in English, French and Spanish with subtitles.
"Baran" comes from master director Majid Majidi
("The Color of Paradise"), and explores the difficult life
of illegal Afghan immigrants in Iran, where they toil in the
worst of jobs. It is a fable that dramatizes the pain of
unrequited love, and discovered secrets. "Baran" runs
Monday, July 29, through Thursday, Aug. 8, with showings at
7 and 9 p.m. It is rated PG, and is in Farsi and Dari with
"Down From the Mountain" picks up where the hit
film "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" left off. The film
documents a live performance of folk music legends such as
Gillain Welch, Emmy Lou Harris, John Hartford, Ralph
Stanley, Allison Krauss and more. The film also allows the
personalities of some of the performers to come out as well.
"Down From the Mountain" runs Friday-Thursday, Aug. 9-15,
with showings at 7 and 9 p.m., and is rated G.
"Beijing Bicycle" explores identity, independence and the clashing tradition with contemporary culture. Quiet, serious Guei is earning his bicycle as a deliveryman, only to have it stolen. He later finds it in the possession of Jian. For both, the bicycle is not only a means of transportation, but a symbol of mobility, status and freedom, and Guei is as stubborn in his effort to reclaim it was Jian is to keep it. "Beijing Bicycle" runs Friday-Thursday, Aug. 16-22, with showings at 7 and 9 p.m. It is rated PG, and is in Mandarin with English subtitles.
"The Importance of Being Earnest" brings Oscar
Wilde's classic to the screen with an outstanding cast,
including Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon,
Frances O'Connor and Judy Densch. Wilde's great wit shows
through in this story of romance, mistaken identities,
manners and verbal warfare. "The Importance of Being
Earnest" runs Monday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Sept. 5,
with showings at 7 and 9 p.m., and is rated PG.
"Bread and Tulips" is an Italian film set against
the beauty of Venice, and tells a light and uncomplicated
story of a woman who, left behind by a tour bus and her
indifferent family, decides to hitchhike home. "Bread and
Tulips" runs Friday-Friday, Sept. 6-13, with showings at 7
and 9 p.m. It is rated PG-13, and is in Italian with
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th
Street in downtown Holland. Updated information about films
and other events at the theatre may be obtained by calling
the Knickerbocker Theatre Information Line at (616) 395-
7403. Tickets for the film series are $4 for students and
seniors, and $5 for regular adult admission, and are
available at the door.