Morris Museum film series to show 'Of Mice and Men'

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At noon Friday, June 6, the Morris Museum of Art continues its celebration of the greatest year in American film history, 1939, with a screening of Lewis Milestone’s version of John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men.

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Of Mice and Men, which is among the best movies made in 1939, was remade in 1992 by Gary Sinise. A stage version is back on Broadway through July 27 with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd playing the title roles of George and Lennie.  SPECIAL
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Of Mice and Men, which is among the best movies made in 1939, was remade in 1992 by Gary Sinise. A stage version is back on Broadway through July 27 with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd playing the title roles of George and Lennie.

Part of the Films on Friday Series, the movie will be shown in the museum auditorium and admission, popcorn and soda are free.

Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Score, Of Mice and Men stars Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bickford, Roman Bohnen, Bob Steele and Noah Beery Jr.

“It’s a minor masterpiece,” museum director Kevin Grogan wrote in an e-mail. “It tells the tragic story of two men, George Milton and his mentally challenged partner Lennie Small, who are trying to survive the Great Depression as migrant farm workers in California. … It should go without saying that this is not a laugh riot. On the other hand, it is a deeply moving account of the way that many Americans were forced to make do in those dire times.”

Films begin at noon. Up next:

• Ninotchka: Comedy starring Greta Garbo satirizes communism, July 11

• Wuthering Heights: Drama starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon and David Niven, Aug. 1.

For more on the film series and other museum events, visit themorris.org.


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