Talleyrand Park Bellefonte, PA 16823
By Serge Bielanko
Movie lovers of all ages, makes, and models are in for another treat this weekend when a new family favorite hits the silver screen in Talleyrand Park.
Disney's Christopher Robin is the tale of "A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, who encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life," according to IMBD. That sounds like a film we could all probably stand to see, digest, and ponder. Maybe even for a second time.
The very fact that they've even made this movie is a real testament to the lasting power of English author A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, a simple but heartfelt book that has been gently entertaining children for nearly 100 years now. I'm sure Milne would never have dreamed of the franchise that Pooh became. Think about it. You are probably not more than a quarter mile away from something with Winnie-the-Pooh on it or in it...no matter where you are in the western world! Books, stuffed animals, blankets, pajamas, you name it, there's probably a version of it with Tigger or Piglet or Winnie himself just up the road from wherever you may be at this very moment.
So this isn't just a movie about a child's character who reminds a grown man of his youth. It's bigger than that; a film designed to reveal that within each and every one of these aging bag of bones we call ourselves, there remains a wild and free spirit that is virtually unchanged from when we were 5 or 6 or 7 and running through the tall grass without a care in the world. That may seem like a stretch to you when you're sitting in that endless construction traffic down in State College, or when you lay down in your bed at night exhausted from a hard day of work and family and everything else all the time, but it's not that far-fetched, I don't think.
The kindness and wide-eyed kids we all once were, they never just disappear, do they? I doubt it. They simply become hidden away, back in the darkest, remotest corners of our ever-changing selves.
But gone? I think not.
You know, come to think of it, these free flicks being shown in Talleyrand on Saturday nights across the summer are inspiring in more ways than one. You don't have to pretend your an action hero or whatever to feel a little bit better about life and the world when you sit out there and watch. For a few hours, it's just you and your neighbors and the kids and the free popcorn (while supplies last!), lost in a story that we can all relate to.
That's the power of the best Hollywood stuff, whether it's deemed one of the greatest films of all time...or more likely...not.
Movies like all wonderful art, bring us closer to the truth by bringing us closer to one another through shared experience.
I don't know if the ladies of the Bellefonte Woman's Club GFWC think about that much as they work so hard to make sure they can show these films to anyone and everyone absolutely free, but we have them to thank for it anyways.
Head down to Talleyrand this Saturday, July 27th. Watch Christopher Robin with some people you care about. Then just maybe...hopefully...the kid inside you will come roaring back to visit once again.
Saturday Night Movies in the Park: Christopher Robin
Saturday, July 27th. Talleyrand Park
Doors open at 7:30 pm. All movies begin at dusk.
Bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and flashlights.
Hosted by Bellefonte Woman's Club GFWC
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