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Sophie’s Choice

by The Staff on January 3, 2013

 

The AFI 100 series at the GE Theatre at Proctors continues Monday (Jan. 7) with Sophie’s Choice. As Sophie, the Polish refugee trying to forget her tragic past in postwar New York City, Meryl Streep won her second Academy Award, and her first for Best Actress. Kevin Klein is her charming but erratic lover and Peter MacNicol is the young, aspiring author from the South who is enthralled by the doomed lovers—and the city itself.

Alan J. Pakula, best remembered for political thrillers like All the President’s Men and The Parallax View, wrote and directed, based on the novel by William Styron.

The film was an instant critical success, and has endured for reasons Roger Ebert laid out in 1982: “Sophie’s Choice is a fine, absorbing, wonderfully acted, heartbreaking movie. It is about three people who are faced with a series of choices, some frivolous, some tragic. As they flounder in the bewilderment of being human in an age of madness, they become our friends, and we love them.”

Sophie’s Choice will be screened Monday (Jan. 7) at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 PM at the GE Theatre at Proctors. Tickets are $5. For more info, call 346-6204.