PRODUCER MIKE KAPLAN CELEBRATES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF "THE WHALES OF AUGUST"
Mike Kaplan is the Producer of "The Whales of August".
The Whales of August tells the story of two elderly widowed sisters spending a summer at a seaside house in Maine. The surroundings cause them to recall their relationship as young women and the summers they had enjoyed there in the past. They reflect on the passage of time as well as the bitterness, jealousies, and misunderstandings that slowly festered over the years and kept them from establishing a true closeness in their relationship.
Libby (Bette Davis) is the more infirm of the two sisters, and her nature has become bitter and cold as a result. Sarah (Lillian Gish) is a softer and more tolerant character, intent on nursing her sister through her discomfort and trying to breach the gulf that has grown between them. The resentment that Libby displays towards her sister stifles Sarah's every attempt at making a friendly overture towards her, and Sarah cautiously retreats from Libby.
Maranov (Vincent Price) is a fisherman who provides a romantic interest for Sarah, and helps her to recall the happiness of her youth, while also reminding her of the marriage and husband that she has lost. Tisha (Ann Sothern) is a vivacious lifelong friend who provides common sense, fun, and laughter, and is the catalyst for some of the sisters' conversations and revelations.
The film is based on the play by David Berry whose family cottage was on on Peaks Island where, in fact, the characters and story were drawn from. The film was shot on Cliff Island in Casco Bay.
"The Whales of August" will be shown at the Portland Museum of Art on Friday, August 10th at 6:30 PM, and on Sunday, August 12th at 2 PM. Mike Kaplan will hold a Q & A after Friday night's screening.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be additional screenings of "The Whales of August" at the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville on August 25th and August 26th at 1 PM.
For more information on "The Whales of August" screenings click here: WHALES OF AUGUST AT PMA
For more information on the Railroad Square Cinema click here: RAILROAD SQUARE CINEMA