Winter Film Series 2019

Sunday, January 12 at 2:00 pm

Laura (1944) Directed by Otto Preminger. Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson (88 min). DCP

Dana Andrews’ hard bitten police detective succumbs to love—unfortunately, the exquisite Laura is already dead. Her portrait, gowns, perfume, diary and a haunting melody envelop him as he tracks her killer. Someone else was obsessed with her, someone whose amour turned deadly. Clifton Webb as acerbic “man about town” Waldo Lydecker, and Vincent Price as her alleged fiancé shine in a most memorable cast of suspects. Laura “still remains the cult noir par excellence.”--Rough Guide to Film Noir. Film Notes for Laura

Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 pm

Keeper of the Flame (1942) Directed by George Cukor. Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf (100 min) DVD

A beloved American war hero dies in a car accident, and a reporter pursues his grieving widow for an exposé about his influential life and tragic death. Tracy and Hepburn, in their second film together, were already deeply involved in their private relationship, but the on-screen romance is muted.  Evoking Citizen Kane in its quest for the secret of a mysterious public figure, this film has never been more topical than at this moment. The Philadelphia Story screen writer Donald Ogden Stewart said it’s “the picture I’m proudest of having been connected with—in terms of saying the most about Fascism that it is possible to say in Hollywood.” Film notes for Keeper of the Flame

Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 pm

Ruby Gentry (1952) Directed by King Vidor.  Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden (82 min).  Blu-Ray

A hot blooded swamp gal uses her wiles to bed the sexiest guy in Braddock, NC, and wed the richest.  A boating accident upends the social order and Ruby, outfitted in a killer wardrobe by iconoclastic NY couturier Valentina, takes on the town and all their class conscious prejudices.  Refusing to be judged by unworthy men, she asserts her power through her knowledge of business and finance, and exacts revenge on the narrow-minded town. “She’s the hero we need these days.” (Sass Mouth Dames podcast) Film notes for Ruby Gentry

Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm

Road House (1948) Directed by Jean Negulesco.  Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Richard Widmark (95 min) DCP Restoration

A torch singer flees the urban jungle for a backwoods nightclub (and bowling alley!) but finds that psychopathic gangsters are not confined to the city limits.  Lupino shimmers as a tough broad who won’t be pushed around by anybody, and sings a smoky rendition of “One for my Baby.”  Sandwiched between her studio contract and her career as a director, she bought this story for herself and arranged with Fox to star.  “A minor classic of forties film noir with major pleasures” ( Film notes for Road House

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 pm

The Great Buster (2018) Written and Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Mel Brooks, Dick Cavett, Werner Herzog, Bill Hader (102 minutes) DCP

A film historian first, director Bogdanovich is well suited to provide both biography and career overview of one of moviedom’s great geniuses.  A kaleidoscope of commentators rhapsodize about Keaton’s uniquely brilliant art, and a thoughtfully hilarious selection of film clips pay tribute to his Jazz Age masterpieces and fearless physical comedy.  “He is one of the inventors of cinema” --Werner Herzog. “It’s a celebration and also an invitation to some of the purest, strangest laughter the screen has to offer” (NY Times). Film Notes for The Great Buster

Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 pm

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Directed by Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton.  Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron (70 min)  DCP Restoration

Rough and tumble Steamboat Bill is mightily disappointed in Jr, his namby pamby son and heir returning home from college with a ukulele, pencil line moustache and a beret.  Luckily, appearances can be deceiving, when Jr is forced to tussle with both the schemes of a rival riverboat captain and a furious storm.  Referencing gags from his vaudeville days, and beautifully filmed by the Sacramento River, this film is pure comic perfection, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.   “Steamboat Bill, Jr. displays more inspired energy and inventiveness than pretty much everything else currently in cinemas combined” (London Times) Silent film with live music by David Drazin. Film Notes for Steamboat Bill, Jr



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