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Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Real to Reel Film Series: See compelling historical movies and learn where Hollywood got it wrong

– Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:00AM

Screenings start Sept. 18 and end Dec. 11 

Hollywood loves to make movies based on real-life historical events. But because Tinseltown’s main goal is to get you into the theater and entertain you, producers, directors and screen writers often tell those stories in ways that are not entirely accurate.

By examining the dramatization of history by the film industry, the Real to Reel Film Series sets the record straight by comparing Hollywood’s sensationalized versions with the historically accepted interpretation of events.  This fall, six films will be offered in the series. Each film is hosted by a Macomb Community College professor or a guest host. The host 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 films are shown at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. All Real to Reel presentations are free of charge, but pre-registration is required by phone at 585.445.7348 or online at

“The Real to Reel films are entertaining and educational at the same time,” said Christine Guarino, director of cultural affairs and community engagement, Macomb Community College. “These screenings represent a wonderful collaboration between the cultural center and the Macomb Community College History Department, benefiting students and community members alike.”

The fall 2014 Real to Reel Film Series lineup:

  • “The General,” Thursday, Sep. 18, 1 p.m.: Buster Keaton stars in this 1926 comedy as a young Confederate locomotive engineer who has a chance to prove himself to the girl he loves when Union spies steal his locomotive. Elton Weintz, professor of history at Macomb, introduces the film. Duration: 78 minutes.

  • “Germany Year Zero,” Thursday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.: Roberto Rossellini directed this 1948 film depicting Berlin after the devastation of World War II. Gary Flemming, professor of political science and international relations at Macomb, will be the presenter. The film is in Italian with English subtitles. Duration: 78 minutes.

  • “All the President’s Men,” Thursday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m.: Weintz shows this 1976 film, which chronicles the real-life story of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncovered the Watergate scandal. Duration: 138 minutes.
  • “Our Fires Still Burn,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.: This film invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native Americans living in the Midwest and explores the history of the Boarding School Era. Duration: 60 minutes; followed by a discussion with filmmaker Audrey Geyer.

  • “Good Bye Lenin!” Thursday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.: Flemming presents this comedy, set in Berlin in 1989. A young man tries to hide the fall of East Germany from his mother to protect her from shock after she awakens from a coma. In German with English subtitles.  Duration: 121 minutes.

  • “Joyeux Noel,” Thursday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m.: This film tells the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914. During the First World War, British, German and French troops put down their weapons and celebrated the holiday in the “no man’s land” between the trenches. Weintz will present the film, which is in English, French and German with English subtitles.  Duration: 116 minutes.

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.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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