The Grand Cinema is getting into the 50th anniversary celebration of “Star Trek” with two showings next week of the documentary film “For the Love of Spock.”
The film looks at the screen life of one of the most iconic TV characters of all time, Mr. Spock, and Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Spock for almost 50 fifty years. The film fills in details of how the character came into being and grew into such a beloved figure.
The film was originally planned to be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original series. But when Nimoy died in Feburary 2015, the filmmaker — his son Adam Nimoy — opted to tell another story. That of his father and his iconic role.
Using his personal experience growing up with Leonard Nimoy and Spock, Adam Niomy shares details on the creation, evolution and universal impact of the Spock character. He also talks about the ups and downs of being the son of a TV icon.
The younger Nimoy began working on the film in late 2014.
The film includes never-before-seen footage and interviews of friends, family and colleagues that include William Shatner and original “Star Trek” cast members George Takei and Nichelle Nichols. Also featured are cast members of the latest Starship Enterprise films Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana, as well as filmmaker J.J. Abrams and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Also making an appearance is actor and superfan Jason Alexander, who does an amazing impression of Shatner.
Quinto, who played Spock in the three latest “Star Trek” films, narrates the documentary.
Adam Nimoy’s work gives “Star Trek” fans a comprehensive story of everything from the struggle to create the right look for Spock’s ears to how Nimoy came up with the idea for the Vulcan greeting of “live long and prosper.” It is a fascinating look at the acting process.
The film looks at more than just Nimoy’s career in front of the camera, including directing hit films “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” and “Three Men and a Baby” in the late 1980s, his stint as a singer in the late 1960s and his work as a photographer. It touches, briefly, on the off-camera tension between Shatner and Nimoy, and Nimoy’s drinking problem.
Tribune News Service contributed to this report.
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For the Love of Spock
Director: Adam Nimoy.
Running time: 1:45.
When: 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
Rated: Not rated.