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,

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!

 

 

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.
 
Come join us!