THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948)
FROM June 24
A film noir classic from Orson Welles.
A seaman becomes involved in a complex murder plot when he is hired to work on a yacht. He soon finds himself implicated in the murder, despite his innocence. The film is best remembered for its climax "hall of mirrors" scene with a shoot-out amidst shards of shattering glass. (RottenTomatoes.com)
Starring Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
Director/Producer/Writer: Orson Welles
Release Date: Jun 9, 1948
Runtime: 1h 27m
OUT OF THE CLOSET, OFF THE SCREEN (2001)
FROM June 5
IN HONOR OF LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines. This documentary chronicles the life of openly gay 1930s film actor William Haines, who sacrificed his Hollywood fame when he refused to end his relationship with another man. Directors
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
THE BICYCLE THIEF (1948)
FROM MAY 14
Vittorio De Sica's masterpiece. Unemployed Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) is elated when he finally finds work hanging posters around war-torn Rome. His wife, Maria (Lianella Carell), sells the family's bed linens to retrieve Antonio's bicycle from the pawnshop so he can take the job. However, disaster strikes when Antonio's bicycle is stolen, and his new job is doomed unless he can find the thief. With the help of his lively son, Bruno (Enzo Staiola), Antonio combs the city, growing increasingly desperate for justice. Director: Vittorio De Sica. Runtime: 1h 30m
EARTH DAY SHORT FILMS With an Oscar® Winner
FROM APRIL 16
IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY JAFFREY
A collection of environmental short films.
Beaver Valley 31:44 Disney True-life series classic 1950; 1951 Oscar® for best short subject.
Home 7:58 memoir about Greenland; best environmental short, Scandinavian Film Fest 2019.
How To Save Our Planet 8:27 Sir David Attenborough explains how humans can take charge of our future and save our planet.
A Nature Now message from Greta Thunberg 3:39
Earth Day Begins 4:45 A history of Earth Day 1970 from EarthDay.org
WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH - Ida Lupino
WEEK FOUR - FROM MARCH 26
IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Ida Lupino (1918-1995)
Lupino was the first credited female director since the retirement of Dorothy Arzner and second admitted to the Directors’ Guild. She also acted and produced and started her own independent studio. Like female directors before her, she tackled controversial subjects. She went on to a career in tv directing, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Fugitive, Gilligan’s Island and the Twilight Zone.
Bio and critique of 8 key works
Short bio documentary 6:10
Longer bio documentary 15:12
Never Fear AKA The Young Lovers 1949 1hr:20 --
first full movie she directed-- absorbing, moving drama of a young dancer battling polio.
The story had personal meaning for Lupino, who had had polio herself.
The Hitch-Hiker 1953 1hr:10 -- first film noir
directed by a woman, selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
also available: The Bigamist 1953 1hr:19
WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH
- Lotte Reiniger
WEEK TWO - FROM MARCH 12
IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981)
The unsung heroine of early animation, Lotte Reineger pioneered the multi-plane glass plate animation technique, later used by Disney in his early Mickey Mouse cartoons.
Bio documentary 16:54
Shows technique of her animation
Animated bio documentary 2:51
Reiniger’s first films were short silhouette animations of stories from the Brothers Grimm, such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (1922, Germany). She went on to produce the first feature-length animation, the Arabian Nights’ tale of The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926, Germany). The oldest surviving animated feature film, it was restored in the late 1990’s and released on DVD. Fragments may be found on youtube and are worth watching, for example: (4:52).
Ornament of a Loving Heart 1919 4:48
Her first animation – a balletic silhouette courtship to Grieg’s Morning Mood
Papageno 1935 10:41
Silhouette animation to music from Mozart’s Magic Flute
Cinderella 1922 – 1:43
One of several Grimm’ fairy tales she set to animation
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
FROM FEB 18
IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH This film adaptation of Maya Angelou's autobiography focuses on the author's extremely difficult youth. Young Maya (Constance Good) lives at her grandmother's in Arkansas. Life is hard for the little girl, but a truly dark turning point comes when she is raped by her mother's boyfriend (Paul Benjamin). After she identifies her rapist, her uncles murder him. Overwhelmed with guilt and confusion, Maya becomes mute for years, struggling all the while to come to terms with her trauma. Dir. Fielder Cook - 1h 35m - NR
"Forceful telling of Angelou's coming-of-age book." Common Sense Media
BEHAVE YOURSELF (1951)
FROM JAN 28
Hapless young Bill Denny (Farley Granger) and his bride, Kate (Shelley Winters), stumble into big trouble when Bill takes in a cute little dog. The stray happens to be a courier for the mob, and the canine's presence in the Denny home brings underworld violence to the couple's front door. While Bill tries to figure out why dead mobsters are suddenly everywhere, the police are also investigating. Will the pooch's presence lead the police to think that Bill and Kate are criminals? (from RottenTomatoes.com) 81mins. USA. NR.
MODERN TIMES (1936)
FROM JAN 14
This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.. 89 mins. NR.
ANIMAL FARM (1954)
FROM June 17
In this animated film based on George Orwell's satirical allegorical novella, animals on drunken Mr. Jones' (Maurice Denham) farm, led by prize hog Old Major (also Denham), gather to discuss their abuse. Old Major exhorts the animals to rebel. Boxer the horse, donkey Benjamin, pigs Snowball and Napoleon and the others agree, and when Old Major dies, they turn against Jones. But Napoleon secretly raises a group of puppies to do his bidding, and over time the efficiently-run farm falters as Napoleon schemes to take over. According to Orwell, the fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. (RottenTomatoes.com)Runtime: 2 hrs.
12 O'CLOCK HIGH (1949)
FROM MAY 28
In 1942, an American Air Force unit stationed in England is plagued with morale problems until no-nonsense Brigadier General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) assumes command. His tough leadership is initially resented by not only his pilots but his second-in-command (Hugh Marlowe), a West Point graduate and son of a general. But, with the help of a hotshot flying ace (Robert Patten) and a sympathetic administrator (Dean Jagger), the unit pulls together into a gung-ho fighting crew.(RottenTomatoes.com) Director: Henry King.
Runtime: 2h 12m
ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S FRENZY (1972)
FROM MAY 7
London is held in the grip of a serial killer whose modus operandi is to murder his victims by strangling them with a necktie. When short-tempered ex-Royal Air Force officer Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) discovers his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) murdered, Blaney becomes a suspect. Forced to go on the run, Blaney attempts to take refuge with his best friend, fruit merchant Bob Rusk (Barry Foster), however, Rusk may, in fact, be the necktie murderer himself. Rated R. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Writer: Anthony Shaffer. Runtime: 1h 56m
FOREIGN CORESSPONDENT (1940) Best Picture Nominee 1941
FROM APRIL 9
IN HONOR OF THE 93RD OSCARS®
Crime reporter John Jones (Joel McCrea) is turning in nothing but dull copy. His editor, unhappy with his work, hopes a change of scenery will be the thing Jones needs to get back on track. Re-assigned to Europe as a foreign correspondent, Jones is very much out of his element. When he stumbles on a spy ring, he feels ill-equipped to unravel the truth alone and he seeks help from a beautiful politician's daughter (Laraine Day) and an urbane English journalist (George Sanders).
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Release Date: Aug 16, 1940 Runtime: 2hr
WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH - Dorothy Arzner
WEEK THREE - FROM MARCH 19
IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979)
Called the only successful female director 20’s to early ’40s, Arzner was the first and for a long time, the only woman admitted to the Screen Directors Guild. She directed Paramount’s first talkie; created a forerunner to the boom mic by stringing a microphone at the end of a fishing rod; and is credited with launching the careers of Katherine Hepburn and Lucille Ball among other prominent actors.
Trailer for film fest 3:35
Bio Documentary 15:51
Craig’s Wife 1936 1 hr:14 - drama starring Rosalind
Russell (in 3rd yr of almost 40 of acting) based on Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play of the same name by George Kelly (uncle of Grace Kelly).
Merrily We Go To Hell 1932 1 hr:23 - Fredric March,
Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant
WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH
- Lois Weber
WEEK ONE - FROM MARCH 5
IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Lois Weber (1879-1939)
A leading director-screenwriter, Lois Weber wrote, directed and acted for Universal Studios and was routinely mentioned alongside D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille as the top talents. Her movies often addressed controversial issues like capital punishment, drug abuse, contraception, and she used innovative techniques such as shooting on location, using unique angles, and the split-screen. She opened her own studio and for a time was the highest-paid director in Hollywood.
Biography documentary 16:10
"Suspense" short film from 1913 10:10
LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON
FROM FEB 12
French private investigator Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier) discovers his client's wife has been having an affair with an American playboy, Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper). When the client decides to kill Frank, Claude's sheltered daughter, Ariane (Audrey Hepburn), throws off the plan and saves his life. The two are instantly attracted to one another, but Ariane doesn't reveal her name. Frank then hires Claude to locate Ariane, unaware he has sent him on a mission to find his own daughter. Director: Billy Wilder - 1957 - Runtime: 2h 10m - NR
THE WILD ONE (1954)
FROM JAN 21
Johnny (Marlon Brando) and his motorcycle gang roll into Carbonville for a biker competition and raise enough hell to get kicked out of town. They repair to nearby Wrightsville and continue their reign of terror. The local sheriff (Robert Keith) is helpless to stop them, but when a rival gang arrives, he manages to arrest their leader, Chino (Lee Marvin). Meanwhile, Johnny finds himself attracted to the sheriff's daughter, Kathie (Mary Murphy), and decides to stick around. 74% by RottenTomatoes.com. Dir. Stanley Kramer.
79 mins. USA. NR.
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1936)
FROM JAN 7
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is intrigued by a centuries-old legend in which every generation of the wealthy Baskerville family is eventually killed by a monstrous hound. Suspecting there is more to the story than meets the eye, he sends Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to the estate to investigate. Sir Henry (Richard Greene), the only Baskerville left, is grateful for his help.80 mins. NR.
PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942)
FROM June 10
This moving biographical drama follows the life of revered baseball player Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper). Championed by sportswriter Sam Blake (Walter Brennan), Gehrig eventually gets recruited by the New York Yankees, joining a team of heavy hitters that includes the legendary Babe Ruth. When Gehrig marries his spirited sweetheart, Eleanor (Teresa Wright), things look up for him, but he is soon sidelined by a terrible illness that he bravely tries to battle. Rated 94% on RottenTomatoes.com
Director: Sam Wood Writers:
Jo Swerling, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Damon Runyon. Release Date: Mar 5, 1943
Runtime: 2h 7m
BEAT THE DEVIL (1953)
FROM MAY 21
In this John Huston film -- which features an unusual mix of adventure, comedy and crime elements -- Billy (Humphrey Bogart) and Maria Dannreuther (Gina Lollobrigida) are among a number of travelers stranded in Italy en route to Africa. While the Dannreuthers seem like an average couple, they have the same goal as Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm (Jennifer Jones) and some of their other shifty companions -- to lay claim to property that is supposedly rich with uranium. (RottenTomatoes.com) Director: John Huston. Writers: James Helvick, Truman Capote, John Huston
Runtime: 1h 32m
ONE NIGHT OF LOVE (1934)
FROM APRIL 23
WINNER OF 2 OSCARS® Best Musical Score and Best Sound
After relocating from New York City to Milan, Italy, to study opera, Mary (Grace Moore) meets her mentor, Giulio (Tullio Carminati). Under his guidance, Mary learns the intricacies of opera and becomes a more confident songstress. Years later, Mary meets Lally (Mona Barrie), a previous student of Giulio's who brings her feelings of jealousy to the surface. Unable to come to terms with her true feelings toward Giulio, Mary rebels, jeopardizing her budding career and a potential happy ending. 1hr 20 mins Directed by Victor Schertzinger
1941 Oscar® Best Picture
FROM APRIL 2
IN HONOR OF THE 93RD OSCARS®
Story of a young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter (Laurence Olivier). She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house. Director:
Alfred Hitchcock Release Date: Apr 12, 1940 Runtime: 2h 10m
FROM MARCH 17
IN HONOR OF THE JAFFREY ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
From Ireland: Given his experience working with food, it's hardly surprising that after losing his job at a bakery, Brendan "Bimbo" Reeves (Donal O'Kelly) becomes successful selling fried morsels from a van. He hires Larry (Colm Meaney), his best friend, to help, but having Bimbo for a boss doesn't improve their relationship. The van is eventually closed down by a health inspector -- which Bimbo thinks is because Larry ratted him out over questionable food prep techniques -- and their friendship is severed. Director: Stephen Frears Writer: Roddy Doyle Runtime: 1h 45m - Rated R
YOUNG MR. LINCOLN
FROM FEB 25
IN HONOR OF PRESIDENTS' WEEK
In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge (Pauline Moore), to pursue law. Following her tragic death, Lincoln establishes a law practice in Springfield, where he meets a young Mary Todd (Marjorie Weaver). Lincoln's law skills are put to the test when he takes on the difficult task of defending two brothers who have been accused of murder. (from RottenTomatoes with a 100% FRESH score). Directed by John Ford. Released: Jun 9, 1939 - 1h 40m. - NR
FROM FEB 4
Rough-and-tumble street urchin Gillie (Hayley Mills) witnesses the brutal killing of a young woman at the hands of visiting Polish sailor Korchinsky (Horst Buchholz). Instead of reporting the crime to the authorities, Gillie merely pockets a prize for herself -- Korchinsky's shiny black revolver -- and flees the scene. When Welsh Detective Graham (John Mills) discovers that Gillie has the murder weapon, the fiery young girl weaves a web of lies to throw him off course. (from RottenTomatoes.com) 106 mins. UK. NR.
THE MARVA COLLINS STORY (1981)
IN HONOR OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
FROM JAN 18.
Marva Collins (Cicely Tyson) is a Chicago schoolteacher who strives to do her best to educate her students. Using her own funds, she creates the prep school for inner-city students that she feels they deserve. This moving biopic is based on a true story. Certified FRESH 100% by RottenTomatoes.com
100 mins. USA. NR.