I haven't posted anything about the Boston Public Library's year-long "Made in Massachusetts" series (at the Copley main branch), because I'm pretty ambivalent about it. On one hand, it's an ambitious collection of several dozen movies. On another, I doubt any of the movies are being shown on film and the series includes several (such as The Last Hurrah, Captains Courageous and The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming) which were not shot here and include, at best, just stock exteriors of the Boston area, if that. For instance, when I interviewed Carl Reiner years back, I asked him if the Cape-set Russians filmed locally. No, he said, they just put pointed roofs on the seaside homes in California.
I also cautiously wonder what will comprise May's "focus on local filmmakers." Will it do justice to the city's long history of indie and documentary moviemaking?
Anyhow, here's a thumbnail of the flyer to click on and see the schedule. Judge for yourself.
To order Big Screen Boston: