Opera House Cinema Series to screen “Salinger”

“Salinger,” the probing documentary on the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

“Salinger” is a feature-length documentary written and directed by filmmaker and author Shane Salerno. Featuring film, photos and other material that has never been seen, as well as interviews with 150 subjects, including several colleagues and inner circle friends who have never spoken on record, “Salinger” is the first work to get beyond J.D. Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010. In production and kept highly secret for five years, the film “takes the viewer inside J. D. Salinger’s private world and shines light on a man named Jerry who lived in the shadow of the myth of J. D. Salinger,” according to Director Salerno.

Michael Ordona, in the San Francisco Chronicle, calls the film “a fascinating picture of one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic writers, a man who retreated from public life only to be pursued by prying fans.” Joe Williams, in the St. Louis Dispatch, says “this documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery.” Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun-Times, says “where ‘Salinger’ succeeds most is in the gripping section on World War II, and in the exquisite, often melancholy details in the stories told by the likes of Joyce Maynard.” Rated PG-13 for disturbing war images, thematic elements and smoking, “Salinger” runs 120 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 ten 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 Series continues with Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, on Oct. 26 and 29.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.