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 13, 2016:  THE SAINT TAKES OVER (1940)
 
Before he was "The Falcon" George Sanders was The Saint, the character created by Leslie Charteris who skipped around the globe solving crimes the police couldn't solve.  In this exciting little film noir thriller The Saint exposes a cartel of high-falutin crooks who have all but taken over the political establishment of an important city and are even able to frame a police detective with alacrity.  Fun, humorous and suspenseful this is a great example of the fine type of "B picture" that RKO studios did so well.
 
Also starring Wendy Barrie.  Directed by Jack Hively.

 

February 27, 2016:  THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946)
 

The mood of this classic "thunderstorm mystery" has probably never been surpassed, and mood is all in this film.  Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Elsa Lanchester and Rhys Williams star.  Who has been murdering poor, afflicted women in this small little town in New England?  And who is now after another woman with an affliction, the mute servant girl (played by McGuire)?  And has he got somehow into the house one night during a storm?  One of the screen's best, and superbly photographed.

 

Screenplay by Mel Dinelli based on a novel by Ethel Lina White.  Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Music by Roy Webb.  Directed by Robert Siodmak.

 

 

" ... 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;

and, lastly, it ought to entertain!