Free Monday Matinees

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Featured Event

Monday, November 8th noon-2p.m.

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”The Stratford Library’s popular “Monday Matinees” series concludes 2021 with screenings to two Oscar-winning films, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on November 8th and “Minari” on December 13th.  The series, which presents recent, popular films on monthly Monday afternoons, is free and open to the public.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom:  November 8th

Notable as the last feature film of Chadwick Boseman (who was Oscar nominated for this role), this film adaptation of August Wilson’s celebrated play takes place in 1920s Chicago where singer Ma Rainey (the great Viola Davis) and her troupe attempt to record a new album.

The film, nominated for five Academy Awards and winning two for its make-up and costuming, is rated R and runs 94 minutes

Minari :  December 13th

A tender and sweeping story that follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung).

Set during the 1980s The film, which was also nominated for “Best Picture” and “Best Actor”, is rated PG-13 and 115 minutes.

All screenings will be in the Lovell Room and begin promptly at 12 p.m.

For information call: 203.385.4162

Movies in the “Monday Matinees” series are shown uncut on widescreen in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room.  Due to town mandates, patrons are required to wear a mask inside the Library.

For further information, call the Library at 203.385.4162 or visit:

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