The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents “Labyrinth” (rated PG) the Jim Henson cult classic starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Friday, October 19 at the Miners Foundry. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular films with a fun and unique dining experience. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society members, and $15.00 for non members, $5 for kids under 12. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. The ticket price includes one drink ticket.
Hailed as a masterpiece of puppetry and special effects, Labyrinth has delighted and amazed audiences of all-ages for over twenty-five years. George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) produced and Jim Henson (The Muppets), directed this gothic fantasy, which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film’s music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish, and a coterie of goblins abduct him. She then encounters Jareth (David Bowie), the ruler of a mystical world one step removed from reality. He tells Sarah that the only way to get her brother back is to find her way through a M.C. Escher-like labyrinth and find the castle at the center. As she makes her way through the maze, she faces a number of horrific challenges (like the Bog of Eternal Stench) before she finds her way to the gravity-defying castle, where her brother is being held by the evil goblins. Henson creates a fantasy and largely without computer-generated effects instead relying on detailed puppetry, excellent visuals and a phenomenal set design. This was Henson’s final feature film before his death in 1990.
“Labyrinth” will screen in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure.
Get into the fantastical Halloween spirit by dressing up as Bowie’s Jareth (oh that jacket and hair!) or Connelly’s Sarah (remember her rainbow eyeshadow) from the ballroom scene. Enjoy an array of chocolates, candy, popcorn, cotton candy, and other treats and “Labyrinth” themed cocktails from the full bar before, during and after the film.