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LPCA's curated film series to screen "The Duchess" and "FLOW"

LAKE PLACID - On Saturday, Jan. 24 the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will host a screening of the film "The Duchess" at 8 p.m.

"The Duchess" is the story of a vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time who is trapped in an unhappy triangle with her husband and his live-in mistress. Tickets are $6 and reservations are not accepted for the series.

After "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement," Keira Knightley continues her reign as the queen of the period film with this 18th-century costume drama. The corset-clad actress stars as Georgiana Spenser, the Duchess of Devonshire.

With her marriage to the duke (Ralph Fiennes), Georgiana achieves an impressive level of fame as Britons follow both her clothing style and her political advice. But even celebrity and wealth can't act as a salve in her marriage to the boring, boorish duke.

When he begins to flaunt his affairs, Georgiana is tempted to return to a teenage crush, to the anger of her husband and her mother. Fiennes's portrayal of the duke ranks roughly with his Lord Voldemort on a scale of beastly behavior, but the acclaimed actor manages to give him a level of humanity that far surpasses what he deserves.

The LPCA Curated Winter Film Series continues Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. with "FLOW (for love of water)," with a guest speaker from the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks (APA).

"For Love of Water" is offered as part of the LPCA Curated Film Series and patrons are invited to stay for a post-screening discussion led by APA director of Park Protection Dan Plumley. Tickets are $6 and reservations are not accepted for the series.

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: the World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question, "can anyone really own water?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

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