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.
January 14, 2017: THE MOUSE ON THE MOON (1963)
Here is the wonderfully funny and very droll sequel to "The Mouse That Roared", which was a huge hit with audiences in 1959. In this 1963 sequel the scheming Prime Minister of the tiny Duchy of Grand Fenwick attempts to hoodwink the USA into a giant foreign aid loan for a "space program" (but in reality so that he can install a water heater in the castle.) Amused, the US grants the loan- which raises eyebrows in Moscow and London. It's a savage satire on Cold War politics and extremely funny to boot.
And what a cast: Ron Moody as the wily Prime Minister, Terry-Thomas as a bumbling British spy and the great Margaret Rutherford as the dotty Duchess. Great fun.
January 28: ALFRED
HITCHCOCK'S "I CONFESS" (1953)
Montgomery Clift stars as a Quebec priest who hears the confession of a murderer, a man known to him. But soon circumstantial evidence points toward the priest himself as the killer - yet he is unable to tell the truth to the police due to the Seal of Confession. A fine script and excellent performances help Hitchcock squeeze every bit of suspense out of the situation. Anne Baxter, Brian Aherne and Karl Malden co-star. Gorgeously photographed in Quebec.
February 11: SVENGALI (1931)
The strange story of Trilby and Svengali is told with high art and entertainment. John Barrymore excels as the sinister Svengali giving a truly hypnotic performance. The gorgeous sets were created by the celebrated Anton Grot.
The film has some striking sequences which will stay long in the memory.
February 25: SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932)
Terrific romantic adventure directed by Josef von Sternberg. A group of disparate people on a journey through China find themselves in the midst of a civil war. Their train is hijacked by the leader of the rebel forces and a group of passengers with very little in common must face this grave danger.
A great film with an equally great cast: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Eugene Pallette and Warner Oland as the warlord. Don't miss this one.
All films begin at 7:00 pm and are shown at Church in the City, 2648 N Hackett Avenue. A donation of $3 each is requested. More information can be found at www.ficoa/biz/focus.htm, or by calling 414-258-6492.
" ... classic American films
distinguished foreign films,
films you've missed,
films you want to see again,
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 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!