TOY MASTERS
2012, 97 min, USA, Dir: Corey Landis, Roger Lay, Jr.

Directors Corey Landis and Roger Lay, Jr. had no idea what they were getting into when they sought out the origins of their favorite childhood action figure, He-Man of the popular “Masters of the Universe” animated TV series. As this amusing documentary reveals through numerous interviews, credit for the billion-dollar, multimedia franchise remains in dispute 30 years after its launch.


THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
1962, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, George Pal

This family fantasy favorite interweaves a fictional narrative about the storytelling brothers (played by Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm) with a trio of their fairy tales: “The Dancing Princess,” “The Cobbler and the Elves” and “The Singing Bone.” The star-studded cast includes Claire Bloom, Barbara Eden, Jim Backus and Russ Tamblyn (who reprises his TOM THUMB role). Originally presented in Cinerama, this feast for the eyes and ears was an Oscar nominee for Best Cinematography, Music and Art Direction, and a winner for Best Costume Design.


THE FLIGHT FANTASTIC
2014, Damiki Productions, 97 min, USA, Dir: Tom Moore

Noted theatre and TV director Tom Moore’s first documentary feature is this fascinating, loving look at the world of the flying trapeze, starring one of the greatest trapeze acts of all time, The Flying Gaonas. The 4th generation charismatic family, the Gaonas began their circus career on the trampoline and by the 1970s had become the star attraction of the great circuses of the world, including 17 years with “the greatest show on earth,” The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. After their retirement they continue to bring the magic of aerial performance to new generations through their coaching and teaching around the world. This is a story of myth, legend, family, loyalty and trust.


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