By Gail McCarthy
---- — Cape Ann Community Cinema is offering a few unique film offerings with an Italian twist to coincide with the city’s annual St. Peter’s Fiesta.
The living-room-style digital cinema in the heart of Gloucester’s historic West End will present the special related programming for Fiesta.
One of the films is “Reality,” a comedy about a Neapolitan fishmonger named Luciano who supplements his modest income by pulling off little scams with his wife Maria. One day his family urges him to try out for the reality show “Big Brother,” and in chasing this dream his perception of reality begins to change, according to a press release.
Another offering comes via Phil Hopkins of the Rockport-based film preservation outfit Film Chest. He uncovered a little-seen episode of a short-lived 1950s TV series called “Harbormaster,” an adventure show which starred Barry Sullivan and Paul Burke. Hopkins will present it Saturday, June 29, at 2:30 p.m.
In the episode, titled “The Sawtucket Festival,” Gloucester and Rockport double as the fictional Scott Island. It was filmed Sunday morning during St. Peter’s Fiesta in 1957, with scenes shot on Washington Street, and at Our Lady of Good Voyage on Prospect Street and Bradley Wharf in Rockport. Additionally, Pierce Sears, proprietor of Twin Lights Soda in Rockport, filmed nearly 20 minutes of 8 mm color behind-the-scenes footage during the shoot, and will narrate the footage live.
To round out the offerings, there will be a screening of the opera “Nabucco,” by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, which will have a final encore on Sunday, June 30, at 1 p.m. This version was produced by London’s Royal Opera, and stars Plácido Domingo.
For show times for all films and more information, visit www.CapeAnnCinema.com. The cinema is at 21 Main St. (atop the St. Peter’s Club) in Gloucester.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or firstname.lastname@example.org.