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The Deer Hunter Screening

Feb 18, 2017

Free at St. Theodosius Orthodox Catherdral, 733 Starkweather, 12:30pm

  Back by popular demand, the Tremont History Project will be presenting another free screening of the locally filmed and award-winning 1978 classic ‘The Deer Hunter’ on Saturday, February 18th at 12:30 pm.  The film will be shown at the banquet hall of St. Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral—the iconic Tremont church which was prominently featured in this film.  This is an opportunity to view this legendary movie on the historic grounds where portions of it were filmed.    
  Released on 1978, The Deer Hunter featured a young star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, John Cazale and others.  The film was directed and produced by Michael Cimino, and went on to win five Oscars at the Academy Awards, including ‘Best Picture’.
  The Deer Hunter was filmed in 1977 in numerous locations within Tremont, at sites across several other U.S. states in the region, and the cast also filmed scenes in Thailand to depict the environs of Vietnam.  However it is clear in viewing the film that Cimino was enchanted with what he found in the Tremont neighborhood—the authentic values and sensibilities of the hard-working families within our blue-collar ‘village’, the strong overlay of ethnic ritual and culture of the Eastern European immigrant community, and the iconic industrial panoramic vistas in all directions.  In fact, many locals were incorporated as ‘extras’ in the movie.  Cimino and the actors made strong efforts to immerse themselves in the Tremont community before and during the filming in order to emulate what they appreciated in the denizens of our community—and there are many accounts to be heard of informal encounters with ‘Bob’ De Niro and the others at local pubs and stores across Tremont.  Two major scenes shot in Tremont include the stunning wedding ceremony scene filmed at St. Theodosius (featuring the actual Church choir performing), and the dazzling, fabled wedding reception scene filmed at Lemko Hall.  The reception scene at Lemko Hall demonstrates its original use as a reception hall, and features many locals engaged in traditional ethnic celebratory dances.  
  The Tremont History Project, producer of this cinema event, hopes that this event will attract locals who were in the film or had memories or stories of the filming of Deer Hunter that they would like to share immediately following the film.  The Tremont History Project is hoping to ultimately gather these stories as a collection of oral history accounts from Tremont residents of this unique chapter of Tremont’s history.   
  This cinema event is free and open to the public, however children will not be admitted without parents due to R-rating for adult/graphic content.   Seating is limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis; film shown in closed-caption for the hearing impaired; the show-time is 12:30pm.  Please be advised that this film has a run-time over 3 hours long; there will be a brief intermission at the half-way point.  Coffee and light-refreshments will be provided. For more information about this event, please contact Dan from the Tremont History Project, 216-272-5046, or dlotz9@yahoo.com.  
  Also, Tremont History Project’s annual ‘Images of Historic Tremont’ calendars for 2017 will be for sale at this event.  These $10 collectibles offer historic images of Tremont while raising funds for our historical organization.  Calendars can also be purchased directly by contacting Eileen Sotak at 440-785-6315 or eileen.sotak@gmail.com.