Film

The NeverEnding Story

When: Fri., Aug. 21, 8 p.m. 2015

After earning Oscar nods with his 1981 war epic Das Boot, German director Wolfgang Peterson made a surprising departure with 1984’s The NeverEnding Story — a special-effects-fueled adaptation of a fantasy novel by Michael Ende. Borrowing bits and pieces from Alice in Wonderland and The Dark Crystal, the film uses a story within a story to immerse a young boy in a magical kingdom threatened by a menacing wave of “Nothingness.” While The New York Times likened it to The Pre-Teen-Ager’s Guide to Existentialism, Roger Ebert asked, “Were children’s movies this nihilistic in the old days?”

Price: Free