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Schroon Lake’s movie history reaches Italy

Rossi family movies part of festival

Emily Rossi-Snook stands next to a poster announcing the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia film festival.

Emily Rossi-Snook stands next to a poster announcing the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia film festival.

— “Thanks to help from Lil Richardson, I was able to provide the information that Ed Wynn and Claire Trevor were so friendly and kind to the locals,” she continued. “Gene Kelly came into town to buy produce from the local grocery. I also relayed the family story that Grandma Rossi cooked traditional Italian pasta dinner for George Tobias at the Paramount Theater one night after the theater finished its last show of the night.”

“Marjorie Morningstar” was based on the 1955 novel of the same name. The film, released by Warner Bros. and directed by Irving Rapper, tells a fictional coming of age story about a young Jewish girl in New York City in the 1950s. The film traces Marjorie Morgenstern’s attempts to become an artist, exemplified through her relationship with the actor and playwright Noel Airman.

The central conflict in the film revolves around the traditional models of social behavior and religious behavior expected by New York Jewish families in the 1950s, and Marjorie’s desire to follow an unconventional path.

Emily Rossi-Snook concluded her remarks at the film festival by telling her Italian audience:

“I return to beautiful Schroon Lake often and consider it my home. The People of Schroon Lake, those who remember the filming of ‘Marjorie Morningstar,’ the extras who were in it, who knew the stars, remember my uncle and family and their movie theaters, say hello to you, the citizens of Bologna.”

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