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Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Real to Reel Film Series explores Hollywood’s take on history, sets the record straight

– Tuesday, September 3, 2013 1:00AM

When Hollywood does historical films, writers and directors take liberties with the facts for the sake of their storytelling. The Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Real to Reel Film Series examines how the often-sensationalized portrayals of events in movies compare to what really happened, according to the historical record.

This fall, four films will be offered in the series.   Each film is hosted by a Macomb Community College professor, who starts with a brief overview about the events portrayed in the movie and is then available after the show for further discussion and Q&A.

“The Real to Reel  film events are a great experience for lovers of history and movies alike” said Christine Guarino, director of cultural affairs and community engagement,  Macomb Community College. “The films selected are engaging, and our professors bring a wealth of knowledge that really helps put events in perspective.”

The fall 2013 Real to Reel Film Series lineup:

The Gold Rush: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. Charlie Chaplin, as the Tramp, stars in this 1925 comedy charting a hapless prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance.  (95 minutes) Host: Elton Weintz, professor of history.

The Lives of Others: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. This Oscar-winning thriller (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006), set in 1984, tells the story of an East German couple whose every intimate moment is being monitored by the Secret Police. (137 minutes; filmed in German with English subtitles.)  Host: Gary Flemming, professor of political science. 137 min.

Overlord: Thursday. Nov. 7. 1 p.m. This 1975 film interweaves archival war footage and a fictional narrative to present an account of one 20-year-old’s journey from basic training to the battlefront at D-Day. (88 minutes) Host: Elton Weintz.

Romero: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. This 1989 film details the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador. (102 minutes) Host:  Gary Flemming.

All Real to Reel presentations are free of charge, but pre-registration is required by phone at 585.445.7348 or online at

All events are held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield, and Clinton Township.

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment.  Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271,