For every Wednesday in June except the first, movies will be shown in the Kingsley Room of the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library. Real people, alive and fictionalized, and what they achieved are the focus of the three Wednesday afternoon movies showing at Southbury Public Library this month.
The June 13th film, rescheduled from last month because of the storm, stars Hugh Jackson as Connecticut native P.T. Barnum in a musical inspired by the ambition and imagination of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
A documentary on June 20th presents an intimate portrait of Jane Goodall, whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. The never-before-seen footage, set to an orchestral score by composer Philip Glass, tells the life story of this trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists. The chimps are also featured players in this film.
Also overcoming odds are the young couple whose true love story inspired the film showing on June 27th. Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy) refuse to give up when Robin is struck down by polio at age 28, confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s brothers and inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana escape the hospital ward to find a full life together, raising their young son, travelling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the Library cannot list titles of the films. Offered free to the public, they are sponsored by Friends of the Southbury Public Library. They begin at 1:00 PM in the Kingsley meeting room surround sound theater, with infrared listening system available and closed captioning. For further information, call the Library at 203-262-0626 or visit the library’s website at southburylibrary.org/adult-services/Wednesday-movies/.