“Magic in the Moonlight” screens at The Smith

Charming, mysterious, and powered by fine performances from Colin Firth and Emma Stone, “Magic in the Moonlight” screens at The Smith Opera House on Friday, October 10 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 12 at 2pm and 7:30pm.Set in the opulence of the French Riviera in the 1920s, MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a romantic comedy about an arrogant Englishman (Firth) destined to fall for the woman of whom he very much disapproves, an alluring young psychic (Stone) from the United States. Stanley Crawford (Firth) is a celebrated master magician who takes on the persona of a Chinese conjurer, replete with flowing robes and an elaborate disguise, to perform his tricks. Yet beyond the curtain this flamboyant visage is revealed as the mask of a curt middle-aged man determined to disprove phony spiritualists who claim to perform real magic. A friend invites him to the French Riviera to demystify the feats performed by a young clairvoyant named Sophie Baker (Stone) who has insinuated herself into a wealthy family, the Catledges. Suspecting that Sophie is merely an inventive opportunist seeking to catch the eye of the family’s young son, Stanley is increasingly bewildered as Sophie performs one unexplicable supernatural deed after another. Growing by turns bemused and entranced, Stanley comes to wonder if magic might be real after all.MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is thus another radiant film from acclaimed director and screenwriter Woody Allen, who has delighted audiences with his incredibly witty, rich, and character-driven films for decades. Like last year’s much-celebrated BLUE JASMINE, this newest piece also features an unsympathetic protagonist, yet it differs in that its subject matter provides audiences with much lighter fare. Gorgeously filmed by Darius Khondji in sunlit Cote d’Azur, MOONLIGHT is a visual treat, as shot through with light and warmth as it is a whimsical sensibility and moments of exquisite delicacy. Though it may occasionally be a tad uneven, MOONLIGHT is wholly a delight, making it akin to Allen’s last historical piece, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS-where love is revealed to be one of the most magical feats of all. To learn more or view the trailer, visit http://www.sonyclassics.com/ magicinthemoonlight/This film is PG-13 and has a runtime of 97 minutes. Tickets are $6 general admission, $5 students and seniors.The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Phone: 315-781-5483.Email: [email protected] For event listing and more information about The Smith and The Smith Center For The Arts, visit our website thesmith.org.

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