Here at the Museum we absolutely love our Little Cinema and are constantly striving to make it the best place to catch a movie in the Berkshires. Recently, we hired a new Little Cinema Curator, Nannina Stearn, to book films, plan events, and improve the experience of each audience member. Through this blog, Nannina will be sharing her extensive film knowledge and providing a glimpse of her work behind-the-scenes at the Little Cinema. We hope you enjoy!
I guess you might be wondering, who is this person newly hired to decide your combined cinematic fate at Little Cinema? Here are the relevant facts:
Name: Nannina Stearn
Favorite Film: Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo
Favorite Director: The incomparable William Wyler
Favorite Performance: Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia
I love movies. I began my first screenplay at 14, I finished my first screenplay, a different one, at 19, and I’ve made a short film, Bonding. I have studied Art History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and screenwriting at New York Film Academy. Last Sunday I correctly predicted 21 out of the 24 Oscar categories (Best Actor, Production Design, and Score eluded me). I have a fondness for German and Hong Kong cinema, the golden age of Hollywood, silent films, and Star Wars. At Little Cinema I have found myself mesmerized by life in a fin de siecle Parisian brothel in House of Pleasures and entranced by the strange passion play of The Mill and the Cross, I have laughed too loudly at In a World and Your Sister’s Sister and cried during Amour and Kid with a Bike.
I started going to Little Cinema at age 13, and by the time I was 19 attending had become so routine for me that I stopped checking the schedule, knowing that whatever movie was playing would be one I would want to see. I saw many this way that I never would have otherwise: the Israeli family drama Broken Wings, the hilarious Good-bye Lenin, the gorgeous and contemplative Spring, Summer, Fall Winter and Spring. Each week brought a new surprise for me as I sat in my customary seat front row of the second section. Then there was my excitement when Before Sunset or Bend it Like Beckham came, films that I had been waiting for, that no other cinema in the area was willing to take a risk on.
I want to continue Little Cinema’s long tradition in taking risks and finding challenging, beautiful, and intriguing films to set before you on our screen. I also want to help Little Cinema connect with filmmakers and artists in the Berkshires and become a dynamic venue for presenting new work to new audiences, and give audiences the chance to learn from and interact with the countless talented individuals who, in this small corner of Massachusetts, have managed to work on some truly great films, from 1939’s Best Picture Winner Gone With the Wind (screenwriter Sidney Howard of Tyringham) to this year’s Best Picture Winner 12 Years a Slave (set designer Carl Sprague of Stockbridge).
This blog will be your guide to Little Cinema. I will post reviews and articles, and let you know why I choose the films I do. Hopefully it will allow you to learn about the films and maybe take a chance on something you might not have normally seen, because, really, hasn’t that always been the reason that you go to Little Cinema?