Silver Ball, Silver Screen

Prediction: Pinball, a seemingly forgotten pastime once enjoyed by children, teens, and adults alike, will see a worldwide resurgence, particularly a spike among the hip, 15- to 55-year-old demographic, by the end of 2012. We’re basing this forecast entirely on SoundScape Cinema Series’ showing of Tommythis Wednesday at 8 p.m. at SoundScape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach). The screening is sandwiched between Mrs. Doubtfire and From Russia With Loveand will reintroduce The Who’s classic rock-opera-turned-film to old fans while introducing it to younger audiences. The event is free and open to the public. Arguably the greatest British rock opera of all time, Tommyfollows the story of Tommy Walker (Roger Daltrey), an emotionally disturbed teen drawn to pinball by his id. The film, much like The Who’s 1969 album of the same name, has incredibly deep psychological overtones, tackling elements of depression, posttraumatic stress, and self-fulfillment. Tommy won Rock Movie of the Year from the now-defunct Rock Music Awards, and Ann-Margret earned a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Nora Walker. Several musicians also appear in Tommy. Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, and Elton John join The Who — Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, and John Entwistle — onscreen, and you can join them at SoundScape Park.
Wed., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., 2012

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