The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Lucky,” starring the late character actor Harry Dean Stanton. It will be screened on Sat., Nov. 18, and Tues., Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
“Lucky” follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. Having outlived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky (Stanton) finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut is at once a love letter to the life and career of Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
The 91-year-old Stanton passed away in September of this year. A prolific character actor, whose drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent were his ticket to appearing in more than 100 films, he’s earned raves for his portrayal of this film’s title character.
Chris Nashawaty, in Entertainment Weekly, calls the film “an elegiac and ultimately affirming meditation on mortality, regret, and smiling through hardship. You couldn’t ask for a more poignant swan song from a more singular artist.” Ty Burr, in the Boston Globe, calls it “simply, a lovely time at the movies.” Joe Leydon, in Variety, says “everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in “Lucky,” an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything that’s important.” David Ehrlich, in indieWire, calls it “a wise and wistful love letter from one remarkable character actor to another.” Unrated, “Lucky” runs one hour, 28 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.
The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.