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Family stories give heart and soul to next library film

Posted on: October 31, 2010

Good stories don’t have to be made up.  It’s all in the telling.  Think of your favorite uncle telling a funny family story.  Director Barry Levinson knows this.  He was remembering chronicles of his youth when he made his film Avalon about his extended family in 1950’s Baltimore.  His memories give the film heart and feeling. 


The Murphy Library is showing Avalon, starring Aiden Quinn and a young Elijah Wood, at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 4.  This family-friendly film is rated PG and runs 126 minutes.



Sam Krichinsky emigrated from Europe in 1914.  He found his way to Baltimore and fell in love with it.  When he arrived the night sky filled with light over the city.  He knew he was home.  His brothers came also.  And a dozen years later they sent for their father.  Their tales resound at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  Memories, stories, corrections to stories, and lots of laughter pass from father to son to grandson.


The brothers worked together in a wallpapering business.  They made it through the Great Depression, and World War II, and prosperity came.  With it came the suburbs and television and changes, some good, some not.  Still, it’s a family history everyone can relate to.


Levinson’s film received Academy Award nominations for best cinematography, costume design, music, and screenplay.

Call 837-2417.

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