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On Saturday, May 26th at 7:00, come celebrate the return of an Oregon made classic! Join us for an exclusive 35mm screening of Sometimes a Great Notion, and learn more about the making of the film with Oregon author and historian, Matt Love.

Also known as “Never Give an Inch”, this film is based on the well-known Northwest novel "Sometimes a Great Notion" by Ken Kesey. Paul Newman (who also directed) stars as Hank Stamper, the oldest son of an Oregon logging family headed by Henry (Henry Fonda) , the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch. Hank's half-brother, Leeland (Michael Sarrazin) , embittered over Henry's treatment of his late mother, returns after a ten-year absence to work in the family business and exact some retribution. Meanwhile, Henry wages an ongoing battle with the unionized loggers in the region, who threaten reprisals should Henry attempt to continue his business without union help. Despite the fact he is uncomfortable living with a family he barely knows, Lee joins forces with them when they are forced to battle the locals who have burned their equipment in an attempt to stop their efforts to transport logs downriver.

Staged in the fictional community of Wakonda, Oregon, this film was shot in various locales along the Oregon Coast in 1970.

Following the film, Matt Love will host a Q&A about the production, and introduce his latest writing effort Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel, which offers a wealth of interesting anecdotes and photos from the set.



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