The Coronado Island Film Festival will present the 1992 drama, “Scent of a Woman,” on Wednesday, May 29, at 5 p.m. at Coronado’s Village Theatre, 820 Orange Avenue. All tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the theatre box office. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and early lineup is recommended for optimal seat selection.
CIFF and Vintage Village Theatre CEO Lance Alspaugh are especially pleased that theatre-goers will have the opportunity to see the original cut of this film on the big screen. Director Martin Brest, who was nominated for the Best Director Oscar for his work, disowned the edited version that was shown on television and airlines.
Widely considered to be actor Al Pacino’s finest role, he originally turned down the part of the angry, blind, hard-drinking retired army lieutenant colonel, Frank Slade. Fortunately, his agent convinced him to change his mind. Pacino went on to win the Best Actor Oscar in 1993 for his performance, as well as the Golden Globe that same year.
Often remembered for its riveting tango scene, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards (Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing). It was the winner of three Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Performance by an Actor for Pacino, and Best Screenplay for Bo Goldman). It tells the story of a young prep school student in need of money, Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell), who agrees to “babysit” a cantankerous blind man over Thanksgiving weekend, not realizing that a wild and wooly trip to New York would be involved.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman auditioned five times before being cast as George Willis. He was working at various odd acting jobs and stocking shelves at a Manhattan deli at the time, and cited this film as being the turning point in his career.
Preceding the feature presentation will be the second in the Classic Warner Bros. Cartoon series, the 1949 the Oscar-nominated “Mouse Wreckers,” directed by “The Father of Contemporary Animation,” Chuck Jones, and starring the familiar voices of Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg. The addition of a classic cartoon before every classic movie was the suggestion of CIFF benefactor Bob Bardin, who has underwritten the series.
The fourth annual Coronado Island Film Festival is scheduled for Nov. 8 through 11, and will feature studio films, independent features, documentaries, shorts, student films, parties, panels, live performances, workshops, music, culinary cinema and more. Submissions are now open on Film Freeway. Festival passes will be available for sale June 1. For more information consult coronadoislandfilmfestival.com.