Manual Cinema: A Christmas Carol
The ever-inventive company that specializes in “vivacious hybrids of film and theater” is back with Stanford Live again.
In this world-premiere online event created for audiences of all ages, interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” with a visually inventive adaptation made specifically for the 2020 holiday season. An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her studio apartment, she reconstructs his annual Christmas Carol puppet show - over a Zoom call while the family celebrates Christmas Eve under lockdown. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunning cinematic adaptation of Dickens’s classic ghost story.
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