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McKellen: Playing The Part

Presented by California Film Institute at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA

Jul 12 2018
McKellen: Playing The Part

An in-depth portrait of master actor Ian McKellen

This new film uncovers the story of actor Ian McKellen, from his upbringing living through World War II, working through repertory and starring in West End theater, to his coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, and his mainstream success as Magneto and Gandalf.

His influence transcends generations. This film features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archival material (including diaries written when he was 12) and backstage looks at his stage shows and films.

Director: Joe Stephenson


$15 – General
$13 – Seniors and Youth
$10 – CFI Members

Contact: 415.454.1222


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Additional time info:

7:15 pm



Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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