Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Paris Can Wait’

Submitted Photo “Paris Can Wait” stars Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Paris Can Wait,” starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin. It will be screened on Saturday, July 15, and Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.

In “Paris Can Wait,” 81-year-old Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut, Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long-married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and picturesque sights — a journey that reawakens Anne’s sense of self and her joie de vivre.

Rex Reed, in the New York Observer, calls the film “pure ambrosia.” Leah Greenblatt, of Entertainment Weekly, calls it “a sun-dappled road-trip ramble rich in the buttery wonders of French cuisine.” Anne Hornaday, in the Washington Post, calls it “a modest, genteel piece of cinematic escapism, a silky testament to sensuality as impeccably tasteful as it is utterly undemanding.” Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says “If you’re longing for a delicious romantic romp to take your mind off the world going to hell in hand basket, ‘Paris Can Wait’ is it.” Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some language, “Paris Can Wait” runs one hour, 32 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.