Films by the Falls is wrapping up their 5th Anniversary season with some laughs. On Tuesday, May 28th, the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit is proud to bring the community a fun film — “Stan and Ollie.”
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are widely regarded as the greatest comedy partnership in movie history. Between 1927 and 1950, they made over 107 film appearances, defining the notion of the double act with infectious chemistry and hilarious routines that seemed effortless but were honed down to the finest detail. The pair were part of the very few silent stars to survive and thrive in the sound era, adding wordplay to their comedy mastery: “You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led,” quips Stan.
Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans.
The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the spectre of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.
People admire Chaplin, sit in awe of Buster Keaton but they love Laurel and Hardy. There is hardly a comedian alive who hasn’t been influenced by Laurel and Hardy; their reach is long.
‘Delight’ is a notion that comes up a lot discussing Stan & Ollie. For filmmaker Jeff Pope, it is the heart of the “Way Out West,” the simple scene of two men dancing just for the joy of it, that inspired the project.
“You just sit there and laugh about how much they love being together and how they can take enjoyment in such simple things. Is that is why they are still so loved? We can look at them and think: ‘You know what? It doesn’t take a lot to get happy’. … If you look back at them, they can get happy so easily.”
Films by the Falls movie series is brought to you by the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit (a member of the Toronto International Film Circuit) on the final Tuesday of each month during their season - September - May. “Stan & Ollie” is the last film showing of this season.
Tickets are available at the Box Office on Movie Night. Fenelon Falls Secondary School, 66 Lindsay St. Fenelon Falls on Movie Night. For more information and an advance preview of this months movie, visit www.filmsbythefalls.com