Movie Premier: Return to Spoon River

Saturday, February 25, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

  • Dickson Mounds, Lewistown

Event Venue: 

Museum Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Adult

Fee: 

Free, Donations Accepted

Showing of the film will begin at 1pm.

In April 1915, the American poet Edgar Lee Masters published Spoon River Anthology, the famous collection of poems that collectively narrates the epitaphs of people who lived in the fictional town of Spoon River, close to the real Spoon River that ran near Masters’ home. The poems recount life in small town America: stories of friendships, sharing and community but also of hypocracy, prejudice and local intrigue. One hundred years later, some of the inhabitants of Masters’ home towns of Lewistown and Petersburg, Illinois, that originally inspired the Anthology, reread the epitaphs in a sign of homage to the poet, bringing back the atmosphere and the daily sentiments of the inhabitants of small town America today.

Return to Spoon River is an Italian Movie Production by Movie Movie and Rai Cinema, created by film makers Francesco Conversano and Nene Grignaffini with the assistance of Italian cinematographer Roberto Cimatti and Italian editor Stefano Barnaba.

Sponsored by Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds Museum, The Fulton County Arts Council, The City of Lewistown, and the Lewistown Society for Historic Preservation.

Return to Spoon River poster.

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