Fall Films 2019

Ava Gardner, Teen Girls and Frida Kahlo


New Day and Time, Sundays @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, September 22 at 2:00 pm

The Killers (1946)  Directed by Robert Siodmak. Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmund O’Brien (105 minutes) (DCP)

The Killers is an essential film noir, merging expressive cinematography, a churning score and complex flashbacks in gripping style to solve a murder. A dogged insurance investigator excavates the rubble of a heist gone wrong, which entangled a washed-up boxer (one’s of noir’s classic existential heroes) and a sultry nightclub singer. “Lancaster is dreamy, dense and doomed. Ava Gardner, in her first major movie, doesn’t do much more than exist. She hardly needs to…it’s clear from Lancaster’s dumbstruck gaze that he has met his Circe.”  New restoration from Universal Pictures and the Film Foundation.  Pop-up exhibit from the Ava Gardner Museum. Film Notes for The Killers

Sunday, September 29 at 2:00 pm

The World of Henry Orient (1964) Directed by George Roy Hill.  Peter Sellers, Tippy Walker Merrie Spaeth, Angela Lansbury (106 minutes) 35mm print from Park Circus

Two 14 year old girls use their vivid imaginations to find adventure, dashing wild and free through mid-century New York City.  Adapted from Nora Johnson’s autobiographical novel, one contrives a crush on a rakish, second-rate pianist (Sellers) and their innocent pursuit of him eventually collides with uncomfortable adult realities.  Marketed as a Peter Sellers comedy (filmed after The Pink Panther and Dr. Strangelove) it’s really one of cinema’s most sensitive depictions of teen girlhood and the absorbing bonds of friendship before the intrusion of boys. “One of the most enduringly funny and moving American movies ever made” (The New Yorker) Film Notes for Henry Orient

Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 pm

Peppermint Soda (1977) Directed by Diane Kurys.  Eléonore Klarwein, Odile Michel, Anouk Ferjac (102 min) PG French with English subtitles DCP

Anne is 13 years old, living in the shadow of her older sister Frederique. They navigate the rocky shoals of school, boys and their parents’ divorce over the course of a year.  Set in the exact same time frame as The World of Henry Orient, Kurys’ first, autobiographical film, takes seriously the struggle over the proper age to wear stockings in cafés, as well as the dawning consciousness of politics and rebellion.  Often compared to Francois Truffaut’s 400 Blows, this film brings a distinctive female and distinctly French slant to a coming of age story. “An expert, utterly charming movie” (New York Times). Film notes for Peppermint Soda

Sunday, October 18 at 8:00 pm

Mad Love (1935) Directed by Karl Freund. Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive (68 minutes) 35mm print from Warner Brothers Classics

Dr. Gogol, a brilliant surgeon (Peter  Lorre in his American film debut) is obsessed with an actress in a Parisian horror theater.  She retires from the stage to marry a concert pianist, played by Clive (the original Dr. Frankenstein).  When the musician’s hands are mangled in a train wreck, she reluctantly seeks Dr. Gogol’s expert medical aid.  Drenched in Gothic atmosphere, courtesy of Citizen Kane’s cinematographer Gregg Toland; when Charles Chaplin saw Mad Love he proclaimed Lorre “the greatest living actor.”  This new 35mm print was introduced as a favorite during the recent TCM Classic Film Festival by Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader. Film notes for Mad Love.

Friday, October 25 at 8:00 pm

Frida (2002) Directed by Julie Taymor.  Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush (123 minutes) Rated R. 35mm print from Park Circus

Dressed in colorful Tehuana outfits, a part of Mexico that was traditionally matriarchal, Kahlo brought her physical pain and emotional passion alive in surrealist self-portrait canvasses.  A passion project of Hayek’s (she was Oscar nominated) she famously had to compromise for financing on Harvey Weinstein’s bed of nails. Director Taymor (Broadway’s The Lion King) uses magical realism to suggest the imaginative universe of one of art history’s few iconic women artists.  “The movie manages to break free -- in bursts of color, imagination, music, sex and over-the-top theatricality -- it honors the artist's brave, anarchic spirit” (NY Times). Film notes for Frida.

Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 pm

Sombra Verde (Untouched) (1954) Directed by Roberto Gavaldon.  Ricardo Montalban, Ariadne Welter, Victor Parra (85 min)  DCP in Spanish with English subtitles

Mexico’s master of urban melodrama explores jungle passions in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  A pharmaceutical company scientist seeking the barbasco (yam) root for cortisone extraction, stumbles on the hidden tropical paradise of a brooding reclusive Prospero and his alarmingly carnal daughter.  Photographed in stunning outdoor locations, and starring gorgeous Montalban (Wrath of Khan) temporarily on hiatus in his native Mexico from his MGM career as a Latin lover, Sombra Verde provides him a magnificent starring role as both adventurer and erotic plaything. Restored by Permanencia Voluntaria and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.” Film notes for Sombra Verde

Sunday, November 17 at 2:00

Victimas del Pecado (Victims of Sin) (1950) Written and Directed by Emilio Fernández. Ninón Sevilla, Rodolfo Acosta, Tito Junco (85 min) DCP in Spanish with English subtitles

A fiery cabaret dancer rescues a baby from a garbage bin, and decides to raise him, against the wishes of her zoot-suited pimp.  A postwar cabaret noir, it showcases the Afro-Caribbean music of Mambo King Perez Prado and popular singer Pedro Vargas.  The “incandescent” Sevilla, stars as the rebellious but self-sacrificing diva of the Cabaret Changoo, in what is considered one of the greatest films of Mexico’s Golden Age. DCP courtesy of Olympusat Inc. and Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. Film Notes for Victimas



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Introductions are by Film Curator Laura Boyes unless otherwise noted.

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c.moviedivaOctober 2019