The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Rehoboth Beach Public Library invite film and literary enthusiasts to a screening of “The Man Who Could Work Miracles” on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 beginning at 4:00 pm in the upstairs community room at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. “The Man Who Could Work Miracles” is a delightfully humorous fantasy.
This screening is part of the monthly “Read a Movie” series in which audience members are invited to read a short story in advance of the screening, and then gather to watch the film version and engage in lively discussion about how the film compares to its original inspiration.
Based on the H.G. Wells short story of the same name, this 1936 British fantasy/comedy explores the wide range of actions taken by a man granted the ability to perform miracles. The short story was originally published in 1898 in “The Illustrated London News”. In the film adaptation, Roland Young stars as George Fotheringay, who has been given miraculous powers. The story follows him through the discovery of his new abilities, his initial carefree exercise of them, and to his awakening desire to change the world for the better. H.G. Wells, who also co-wrote the screenplay, mixes humor, illusion, and a message in this charming allegory of the ability of humans to direct the future. Roland Young was a very popular British actor in the 1930s, well-known for playing the title role in the “Topper” films of the period, for which he earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ralph Richardson, another famous British stage and screen actor, is featured as the recipient of several miracles gone wrong. In a “New York Times” review from 1937, Frank Nugent wrote, “The Man Who Could Work Miracles … is a delightfully humorous fantasy with an undertone of sober Wellsian philosophy.”
[1936; UK; Runtime: 82 min; black and white]
Rehoboth Beach Film Society
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