Films: Old, Classic & Unknown on Saturdays

is the local classics film society which exhibits on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month* at 

2648 North Hackett Avenue 

starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

February 28: WHITE HEAT (1949) 

 

JAMES CAGNEY stars in what is perhaps his most intense performance ever. He plays a psychotic, mother-obsessed gangster, a sociopath par excellence. Brilliantly made, this suspenseful masterpiece will never be far from your memory after seeing it. EDMUND O’BRIEN, MARGARET WYCHERLYand VIRGINIA MAYO co-star.

Directed by Raoul Walsh. Music by Max Steiner.

 

March 14, 2015:  NOTORIOUS GENTLEMAN

This 1946 study of a ne'er-do-well playboy was titled THE RAKE'S PROGRESS in England where it was made.  An excellent film, it stars REX HARRISON and LILLI PALMER both of whom give brilliant  performances as a user and the used.  It was an astonishing success in England and also a great success in the USA, and it established the great mvie-making team of Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder..  Here is a rare opportunity to see one of the jewels of the golden age of British cinema.

Screenplay by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat.  Music by William Alwyn.  Photographed by Wilkie Cooper.  Directed by SIdney Gilliat.

 

 

March 28, 2015:  THE BICYCLE THIEF
We are indeed proud to presnt one of the true masterpieces of world cinema, de Sica's beautiful, simple, compelling film about a poor man and his son, THE BICYCLE THIEF.  This is what the cinema was once capable of when it was in the hands of artists.  It also could not be more timely today.  In Italian, with English subtitles.
Written by Cesar Zavattini.  Directed by Vittorio de Sica.

 

 

April 11, 2015:  GILDERSLEEVE ON BROADWAY
That delightful windbag, Throckmorton P Gildersleeve, is back on our screen in one of those delightful B films starring HAL PEARY.  This extremely amusing farce also enjoys the talents of BILLIE BURKE as a ditzy, much-married socialite.  Great fun for old time radio fans...and everyone else.
Screenplay by Robert E Kent.  Directed by Gordon Douglas.

 

 

 

April 25th, Love me Tonight   (1932)

 

What a bouncy, happy film this is! MAURICE CHEVALIER and JEANETTE MACDONALD give absolutely first-class performances in this superb Rogers and Hart film musical beautifully directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Excellent dialog sparkles throughout and the songs - including "Mimi" are just great. Don't miss this one; a true classic.

 

 

May 9th:  The Westerner  (1940)

 

Although we don't show too many westerns here at FOCUS, we have to make exceptions when a western is of outstanding quality, such as this one. GARY COOPER and WALTER BRENNAN star in this tale of the dubious Judge Roy Bean whose lifelong desire to meet the great Lilly Langtrey eventually brings him to his breaking point. Cooper gives this quintessential, near perfect portrayal of the laconic westerner of the title, but it is Brennan's quirky performance a Bean that stole all the notices and under the careful direction of William Wyler earned him a well-deserved Academy Award. An atmospheric authentic look at the real west and a good film.

Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Photographed by Gregg Toland. Directed by William Wyler

 

 

May 23rd:  Kings Row  Note: This film will start at 7:30 p.m. !!

 

A strange and dark film, based on the novel by Harry Bellamann. All the squalor and pettiness of a small American town is on vivid display in this famous Warner Bros. movie.  The studio held the film back from release for an entire year, worrying that its depressing story line might alienate its intended audience. Instead, it turned into one of their greatest successes. RONALD REAGAN considered this role here as one of the two best he ever gave, and it is easy to see why.  ROBERT CUMMINGS, ANN SHERIDAN, BETTY FIELD, CLAUDE RAINS, CHARLES COBURN, and MARIA OUSPENSKAYA round out the great cast.  The production design by William Cameron Menzies is nothing short of brilliant, as is Korngold's score. 

Screenplay by Casey Robinson. Photographed by James Wong Howe. Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngols. Directed by Sam Wood. 

 

 

" ... classic American films,

distinguished foreign films,

films you've missed,

films you want to see again,

and films

you may never have had the opportunity to see."

 

 

The role of a film society has several elements:

to offer a large part of the literature of film;

to provide a venue for film study and discussion;

to educate; 

to revive well-known but little-seen classics;

to provide some historical background related to motion pictures;

to introduce a new audience to films that are little-known to most followers of films;