Classic & Unknown
local classics film society which exhibits on the second and fourth Saturdays of
each month* at
North Hackett Avenue
at 7:00 p.m.
October 10, 2015
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (1966)
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Kenosha born Orson Welles, The FOCUS
Film Society presents Welles' last important film, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, his
take on Shakespeare's Falstaff stories. Plagued by money problems
and filming logistics in Spain Welles nevertheless created something
extraordinary and, we might add, entertaining. Supporting Welles are
such artists as Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, Fernando Rey and Sir
John Gielgud. Great visuals, beautifully-spoken dialog and an
exciting battle scene (filmed on a shoestring though you wouldn't know it)
highlight this forgotten masterpiece.
Screenplay and Direction by Orson Welles. Music by Angelo
Lavagnino. Photographed by Edmund Richard.
October 24: I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943)
For our Halloween offering this year we will present one of the
celebrated thrillers of Val Lewton, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE. A
strange tale of voodoo in the West Indies it could also be looked upon
as an unofficial remake of "Jane Eyre". Tremendously
brooding and sultry atmosphere combined with sensitive playing by the
leads FRANCES DEE and TOM CONWAY make this a first rate thriller.
Screenplay by Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray. Music by Roy Webb.
Photographed by J Roy Hunt. Directed by Jacques Tourneur.
November 14: THE SEVENTH VEIL (1945)
This film was a sensational box office hit in both England and America
and has remained a well-loved essay in obsession. A sensitive,
musically talented young girl (ANN TODD) is, by a series of
circumstances, forced to live with her brooding second cousin (played
with relish by JAMES MASON). Recognizing her talent at the piano, he
drives her half to madness by bullying her into becoming a great
artist, demanding that she devote her entire life to music. Slowly but
surely he drives her to her breaking point. A superb drama with
all the stops pulled out.
Screenplay by Muriel and Sydney Box. Music by Benjamin
Frankel. Directed by Compton Bennett.
November 28: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
There are no superlatives that have been overlooked in describing
this brilliant musical. Suffice it to say that it was in 1952,
and still remains today, the finest Hollywood musical of them all.
GENE KELLY, DONALD O'CONNOR and DEBBIE REYNOLDS star. FOCUS
has obtained an original Technicolor imbibition print for your
Screenplay by Comden and Green. Directed by Gene Kelly and
... classic American films
you want to see again,
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 revive well-known but
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;