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From silent movies to Oscar party at State

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From silent movies to Oscar party at State

The inside of The State Theatre.

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POSTED February 18, 2012 1:27 a.m.

MODESTO — The State Theatre is offering a series of classic films in February.

The historic theatre is at 1307 J St.

For online ticket sales go to To purchase your tickets by phone call The State Box Office at 209-527-4697 from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If still available, tickets may also be purchased the night of the event up to the start of the presentation.

Non-member admission is $8.

Tye: Showing through end of February

(PG-13) 1 Hr. 40 Min. (35mm) Silent movie; no dialog

The Artist, the winner of three Golden Globes, is one of the most celebrated films of the year, and once you see it, you’ll understand why. It’s a silent. It’s in black and white. It’s allure is undeniable. And the dog, now a Golden Collar winner, steals the show!

As the transition to talkies gets under way in 1927, a silent movie star (Dujardin, declared Best Actor at Cannes 2011 for this performance) who will soon be on his way down meets an extra (Bérénice Bejo) who will soon be on her way up. Michel Hazanavicius (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) wrote and directed this black-and-white film without spoken dialogue. With John Goodman, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller. “Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white.” -- Roger Ebert

“This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love. Though its protagonist mourns the arrival of sound, The Artist itself is more interested in celebrating the range and power of a medium that can sparkle, swoon and suffer so beautifully that it doesn’t really need to have anything to say.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Shame: Showing through Feb. 24

(NC-17) 1 Hr. 41 Min. (35mm) In English

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their painful shared past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control. Named by the National Board of Review one of the Top 10 Independent Films of the year, and winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association prize for Best Actor of 2011 (for A Dangerous Method, Shame, Jane Eyre and X-Men: First Class). Also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor (Drama).

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Declaration of War: Showing Feb. 24 - March 5

(NR) 1 Hr. 40 Min. In French with English subtitles

The opening night film at this year’s Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival, this exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo (Jérémie Elkaïm) and Juliette (Valérie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront the ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. The result is a film will bring tears to your eyes but will dazzle you with its contagious vitality for life. Declaration of War draws on the real-life experiences of Donzelli and costar/co-writer Elkaïm and what they went through when their own son fell ill.

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Live From The Red Carpet Hollywood’s big night:

Sunday. Feb. 26, Doors open at 4 p.m., event at 4:30 p.m.

The annual Oscar party offers you a chance to come dressed as your favorite film star or, if you’d be more comfortable, pad in wearing your flannel PJs. This is Hollywood’s Big Night, and they’re making it an even Bigger Night at the luxurious, Art Deco-inspired State Theatre.

Along with the live simulcast from L.A., there will be drawings for prizes, trivia quizzes, and sharing the triumphs and defeats with hundreds of other art movie-goers and film fans. For an additional charge, you may also partake of an elegant dinner buffet and sip martinis made with Cold House premium vodka. Among the 2011 nominees are over a dozen films shown -- or soon to be shown -- at The State so there’s going to be lots of cheers and jeers as we witness our favorites win or go down in defeat. Be sure and make a grand entry when we roll out the Red Carpet on a night for cinephiles to come together and celebrate their collective passion.

There is no admission charge for attending this event; however, donations to the non-profit State Theatre are encouraged and welcome. The buffet dinner is available for $10; martinis are priced separately.

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Oscar-nominated Short Films – Live Action: Showing Feb. 25 - 28

1 Hr. 42 Min. (Digital)

Always a crowd-pleaser -- and often a game-changer in Oscar pools -- The Oscar-nominated Short Films - Live Action is your opportunity to see the five nominees for best live-action short ahead of the 2012 Academy Awards, and for two days afterward!

Pentecost -- In English -- When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish, he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo, or serve an extended ban from his life’s passion - football.

Raju -- In English/German -- The filmmakers and director succeed at making the moral dilemma faced by couples wishing to adopt emotionally palpable.

The Shore -- In English/Gaelic -- After 25 years in exile, Jim Mahon (Ciaran Hinds) returns to Ireland to show his American daughter Patty (Kerry Condon) his Belfast roots. But things don’t go as planned and their reconciliation leads to hilarious confusion. Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Terry George.

Time Freak -- In English -- A neurotic inventor creates a time machine, only to get caught up travelling around yesterday.

Tuba Atlantic -- In Norwegian -- Everybody is going to die one day. Oskar, 70, is going to die in 6 days. He is now ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago. Will he reach his brother before it’s too late?

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