Thursday, March 31, 2011
5:30 P.M.
Krannert Art Museum (Room 62) / 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL

For additional information about this event, contact:
IPRH (244-3344, iprh@illinois.edu)


About this event:

1990, dir. Barry Levinson; Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Joan Plowright, Elijah Wood (126 min.)

This film (the final chapter in Levinson’s semi-autobiographical Baltimore trilogy, following Diner and Tin Men) is not just a nostalgic film about the experiences of an immigrant family, but a film that addresses issues of nostalgia and memory. It tells the multigenerational story of how the Krichinskys became the Kays, navigated the move from inner-city row houses to the suburbs, and struggled to keep their old-world rituals alive in the face of modernization. The spectacular visual pictures painted by the older generation’s vivid stories gradually give way to the smaller – but more seductive – images of the new medium of television.

Avalon is being shown in conjunction with the IPRH symposium “Memory and the Visual.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.