Robert Davi documentary screened

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MANCHESTER — "Davi's Way," a documentary detailing an actor's quest to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra, will be screened at Village Picture Show in Manchester at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

In the film, director Tom Donahue follows actor and singer Robert Davi for one year as he sets out to recreate Sinatra's fabled "Main Event" in Madison Square Garden in tribute to Sinatra's 100th birthday. It's been described as "a real-life cross between 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'This Is Spinal Tap."

"We all strive to be as great as someone like Frank Sinatra, but many of us, even the most talented, eventually come up against the reality of life and our own limitations," Donahue said in a news release announcing the screening. "The film is about the cost of compromise and the limits of ambition. It was a constant tug-of-war between Robert, who set out to make one film, and myself, who had creative control, and a different vision."

Davi studied with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. His introduction to film came when he was cast opposite Sinatra in the television movie "Contract on Cherry Street." Later, his work as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning television movie "Terrorist On Trial: The United States Vs. Salim Ajami." brought him critical acclaim and caught the eye of James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, who cast him as Colombian drug lord and lead villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond film "License to Kill."

"We all strive to be as great as someone like Frank Sinatra, but many of us, even the most talented, eventually come up against the reality of life and our own limitations," Donahue said. "The film is about the cost of compromise and the limits of ambition. It was a constant tug-of-war between Robert, who set out to make one film, and myself, who had creative control, and a different vision."

Tickets for the special event are $12 general admission, $10 seniors 65 and over $8 for all students. Proceeds will benefit a documentary about the Four Seasons restaurant being produced by Manchester resident Michael Ellenbogen together with Donahue and Ilan Arboleda. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Donahue and Arboleda.

Tickets can be purchased at www.villagepictureshows.com. You may also call Ellenbogen at (802) 768-8498 or email him at michael@eonscreative.com for more

information.

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