The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, January 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Waterloo Bridge (MGM, 1940)
Star-crossed lovers ballerina Myra Lester (Vivien Leigh) and soldier Capt. Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor) meet on the eve of World War I but are separated before romance can fully flower. Told mainly in flashback, Waterloo Bridge is a tearjerker of the highest order and demonstrates that Mervyn LeRoy – who also directed Little Caesar – was among Hollywood’s most accomplished craftsmen. Waterloo Bridge had been filmed before in 1931, by Frankenstein director James Whale at Universal, with Mae Clarke giving the best performance of her career as Myra. It would be remade as Gaby (1956), starring Leslie Caron. The film was Oscar nominated for Best Cinematography for Joseph Ruttenberg and Best Music, Original Score for Herbert Stothart. Digital. 108 minutes.
Friday, January 31 (7:30 pm)
Gone With the Wind (MGM, 1939)
As one of the most popular and influential American films produced, Gone With the Wind remains possibly the definitive example of filmmaking in the Hollywood studio era. More than eight decades after its release, David O. Selznick’s production coupled with Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling story still has the power to enthrall audiences. A rich score by Max Steiner and top performances from Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel and Clark Gable add to the film’s indelibility. The film earned a record 13 Academy Award nominations and won 10 Oscars (eight in competition and two honorary awards). It was named to the inaugural National Film Registry list in 1989. 35mm film print. 238 minutes.
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Saturday, February 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Charade (Universal, 1963)
Cary Grant stars as Peter Joshua (who may or may not be a flimflam man) who aids the recently widowed Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) in her mission to recover a fortune hidden by her late husband. But three sinister crooks – who will stop at nothing — also covet the loot. This stylish comedy-thriller was directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee between Grant and Hepburn, for Henry Mancini’s score and Oscar-nominated theme song, and for Charles Lang’s lush cinematography of Paris. The cast also features Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy. Digital presentation, 113 min.
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