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“Porgy and Bess” at next Silver Screeners Classic Movie at Library

August 15, 2015 - 1:10 PM

MOUNT VERNON- The classic Oscar award-winning 1959 musical, “Porgy and Bess”, will be featured at the next Silver Screeners free classic movie matinee on Sunday, August 16, 1:30 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.

Considered the first great American folk opera, the film is based on the 1935 opera written by George and Ira Gershwin and Dubose Heyward, who wrote the 1925 novel, “Porgy.” The film was produced by Samuel Goldwyn, directed by Otto Preminger and featured performances by actors Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr., Brock Peters, Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll.

The film tells the story of the fictional Catfish Row community of Charleston, SC. Porgy, a disabled beggar, (Portier) attempts to rescue worldly woman Bess (Dandridge) from the clutches of her violent boyfriend, Crown, (Peters) and her drug dealer, Sporting Life (Davis, Jr.). The musical features classic favorites such as “Summertime,” “Bess, You is My Woman Now,” “I Got Plenty of Nothing” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”

Guest hosts John and Marilyn Chidester will lead a brief discussion prior to and after the film viewing. Feel free to wear your favorite summertime bonnet or picnic parasol and enjoy a break from the summer heat. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665), visit, or email
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