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The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond at the Lorenzo Cultural Center offers two films based on real events

– Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:00AM

Screenings compare Hollywood depictions to real history

Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Real to Reel Film Series sets the record straight about history by comparing Hollywood’s versions of people and events with historically accepted facts.  Two Real to Reel screenings, shown in conjunction with the cultural center’s The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond program series, explore how movie depictions of Great Britain during World War II and figures such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stand up against the historical record.

  • Green for Danger, April 7, 1 p.m.:  Michael Broyles, professor of history at Macomb Community College, screens this murder mystery set in an Elizabethan Manor house converted to a hospital in rural Britain during World War II. Period items on display will help illustrate the discussion.

  • Hyde Park on the Hudson, April 14, 1 p.m.:  Elton Weintz, professor of history at Macomb Community College, hosts this film, which dramatizes the close relationship between Margaret “Daisy” Suckley and her cousin and childhood friend, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, against the backdrop of the 1939 visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Hyde Park.

At each presentation, the host starts with a brief overview about the movie and is available after the show for further discussion and a question-and-answer session.  Each screening is free, but preregistration is required. To register, call 586.445.7348 or visit

The 1940s, which continues through May 7, offers nearly 40 presentations, performances and films, as well as exhibits, exploring this decade of radical transformation.  The exhibits in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall are also free to view and don’t require pre-registration to visit.  The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. School and group tours are available. 

Exhibits include a 1940s Movie Theater Vignette, featuring a period film projector and seating from local theaters. The display depicts the vital role played by movie houses in 1940s culture, when movie houses also offered a venue for people to catch up on the latest news – including the latest on Hollywood celebrities and newsreel footage that captured the horror of the war.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), in Clinton Township.  For more about The 1940s program series, visit

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 and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. 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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