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Special "American Splendor" Screenings

By admin Published: July 19, 2010
Paul Giamatti and author Harvey Pekar 2003 Sundance Film Festival - "American Splendor" - Portraits Yahoo Movies Portrait Studio Park City, Utah United States January 21, 2003 Photo by Jeff Vespa/ To license this image (840825), contact WireImage: +1 212-686-8900 (tel) +1 212-686-8901 (fax) (e-mail) (web site)

More movie news: A couple of showings of "American Splendor," the Harvey Pekar biopic, have been set in honor of Pekar, who died a week ago. The official announcement from Cleveland Cinemas:

Cleveland lost one of its most iconic talents with the passing of writer Harvey Pekar on July 12th. Cleveland Cinemas will pay special tribute to Pekar by hosting two benefit screenings of the Oscar-nominated film adaptation of his AMERICAN SPLENDOR. Pekar’s close friend and featured character, Toby Radloff, will provide a personal introduction at each screening.

The film will screen on the following dates and times at these locations:
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland) - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.) – Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 7:00 PM

The screening at the Cedar Lee Theatre will be followed by a book discussion on Pekar’s works led by Carla Schober and Carole Wallencheck of the Heights Library.

Admission is $5 and a part of all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre and Cedar Lee Theatre box offices and online at

About AMERICAN SPLENDOR: Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions... Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare joy of a 25-cent find. It is at one of these junk sales that Harvey meets Robert Crumb, a greeting card artist and music enthusiast. When, years later, Crumb finds international success for his underground comics, the idea that comic books can be a valid art form for adults inspires Harvey to write his own brand of comic book. An admirer of naturalist writers like Theodore Dreiser, Harvey makes his "American Splendor" a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s and eventually leads him to the sardonic Joyce Barber, a partner in a Delaware comic book store who ends up being Harvey's true soul mate as they experience the bizarre byproducts of Harvey's cult celebrity stature.

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