Fall Films 2018
O'Keeffe Landscapes and Halloween Frights
City Slickers (1991) Directed by Ron Underwood. Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby (113 min) PG-13. 35mm print
Moping through a midlife crisis, Manhattanite Mitch (Crystal) reluctantly joins his besties on a fantasy cowboy vacation. Grappling with 20th century masculinity issues, the boys seek to impress a rugged trailboss (Palance) under the picturesque cliffs of Abiquiu, New Mexico, easily recognizable from the vivid canvasses of Georgia O’Keefe. “City Slickers is really about how the West can never be more than a dream to contemporary urban Americans. With high comic style, it shows us what a lovely dream that is” (Entertainment Weekly). Film Notes for City Slickers
Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Directed by and starring Robert Montgomery. Thomas Gomez, Wanda Hendrix (101 min) 35mm print from Universal Studio Archive
A hard-boiled army vet arrives in a small New Mexico town to shake down the war profiteer he blames for his best friend’s death. Shot in downtown Santa Fe during the feast of Zozobra, you can linger in the lobby of the (real) hotel La Fonda, as Georgia O’Keefe once did. Gomez was the first Latinex actor to receive an Oscar nomination. “With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty, and punchy, clever script by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir” (Criterion Collection)
Dead of Night (1945) Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Robert Hamer, 2 others. Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers (77 min) DCP
Haunted by a recurring nightmare, an architect arrives at a country house with a disturbing sense of déjà vu, inspiring the guests to take turns swapping supernatural tales. This omnibus film’s influence in the genre is far-reaching. “A dead scary horror movie that skimps on the blood but not the goose bumps, Dead of Night's a contender for Best of British…a venerable little chiller that hasn't lost a scrap of its hair-raising power over the last 60 years. Be afraid, be very afraid” (BBC).
Carnival of Souls (1962) Directed by Herk Harvey. Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger (78 min) PG
Traumatized after a horrific car accident, a young woman climbs dripping out of a river and finds herself detached from reality and haunted by specters. Drawn to a creepy amusement park, she discovers her fate. Famously shot on the cheap by industrial auteur Harvey, this atmospheric cheapie continues to inspire filmmakers with the director’s intention to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau,” The Blood of a Poet merged with Wild Strawberries.
The galleries and Iris Restaurant will be open prior to screenings
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Introductions are by Film Curator Laura Boyes unless otherwise noted.
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