The Adventures Of Mark Twain, w/ Will Vinton in person

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
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Date: December 4 at 7:15
Description: The Cinefamily presents this 25th Anniversary Tribute to the cult stop-motion fantasy film, screened in a new 35mm Print, with director Will Vinton In Person!

The world’s first all-Claymation feature film is Will Vinton’s most ambitious, and ultimately satisfying endeavor. Criminally underseen, barely released, yet critically lauded, The Adventures of Mark Twain is a complex multi-layered story that echoes the convoluted richness of Charlie Kaufman's best creations. What appears to be a kids’ film on the surface (with Huck, Tom and Becky meeting Twain and hitching a ride on his spacebound riverboat) turns out to be rather weighty underneath, exploring the same themes of mortality and ethical conflict that Twain explored in his own works. Where it gets strange, however, is when we quickly realize that said riverboat is on a deliberate suicide run to meet Halley’s Comet (steered by Twain’s bizarro alter ego), and that’s just in the first ten minutes! From there, Will’s daring, lysergic vision of Satan, the black void, Adam and Eve, and meta-representations of Twain’s stories equal what Michael Medved has called “the most original and audacious animated feature film since Disney’s Fantasia.” Will Vinton will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!

Dir. Will Vinton, 1986, 35mm, 86 min.