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Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Real to Reel Film Series screens movies based on real events, explores how Hollywood gets history wrong

– Thursday, September 10, 2015 12:00AM

Screenings start Sept. 24 and end on Nov. 19

When Hollywood makes a movie based on historical events, the creators do not always present the whole truth. In the name of creating a good story, writers and director embellish, stretch the truth and sometimes make things up.  By examining the dramatization of history by the film industry, Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Real to Reel Film Series sets the record straight by comparing Hollywood’s sensationalized versions with the historically accepted interpretation of events. 

This fall, four 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 fall 2015 Real to Reel Film Series lineup:

  • “The Gorgeous Hussy,” Sept. 24, 12 p.m.: Elton Weintz, professor of history at Macomb, presents this 1936 film starring Joan Crawford and Robert Taylor dramatizing the Peggy Eaton affair of Andrew Jackson’s presidency.  Running time: 103 minutes.     
  • “Henry V,” Oct. 22, 1 p.m.:  To commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, when Henry V earned a major English victory in the Hundred Years’ War, Michael Broyles of Macomb Community College’s history department, will screen the 1989 adaption of William Shakespeare’s history play “Henry V,” directed by Kenneth Branagh. Running time: 137 minutes.      
  • “The Rosa Parks Story,” Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m.: The African-American History and Culture Committee at Macomb  screens this award-winning 2002 film that tells the story of Rosa Parks, the civil rights heroine and lifelong advocate of racial justice, who stood up to segregation by remaining seated on a crowded bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Running time: 94 minutes.   
  • “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” Nov. 19, 12 p.m.: When Muhammad Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle. Professor Weintz returns to screen this 2013 film, which looks at the historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. Running time: 97 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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