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.
Dear Film Fans and Friends: Due to a scheduling conflict we will have
only one movie screening in September, on Saturday
the 17th, at 7:00pm.
We will screen:
October 8, 2016:
THE LAST GANGSTER (1939)
In gangster filmdom only one is King: Edward G Robinson. Here was
the summation of all his hoodlum performances for a decade, and he brought
it off with real style, real aplomb. A lavish MGM production
enhances this human drama of a former Big Time crook who marries a lovely
girl then all but forgets her when she presents him with a baby. Not
mere gun-play and crashing cars, but human drama, too.
October 22, 2016:
THE BODY SNATCHER (1945)
We're proud to present another superlative Val Lewton chillers, this one
based on Robert Louis Stevenson. Ignoring the ethics of their
profession some doctors in nineteenth century Scotland didn't mind buying
a few dug-up corpses they could use in their anatomy classes. This
remarkable film boasts by his own estimation Boris Karloff's finest, most
nuanced performance. And there is another brilliant, incisive
performance in it, by Henry Daniell who plays the doctor obsessed to have
bodies for his classes. And dear old Bela Lugosi looks in as an
assistant to Daniell. A fine film.
November 12, 2016:
CLOUDS OVER EUROPE (1937)
Here is a rarely screened British thriller (with comic asides) which was
released in Britain as Q PLANES. The US distributor changed the tile
and released it to great success. It was surely intended as a
"get ready for war" piece but in that context it remains a
sharp, little picture. Laurence Olivier and Valerie Hobson star.
Acting honors, however, go to Ralph Richardson as the dapper, bowler-hatted
chief inspector, every ready with a quip or a clue as the situation
demanded. He is wonderful in the role. In fact Patrick MacNee
created his character in TV's THE AVENGERS as a copy of the Richardson
LAUREL AND HARDY'S LAUGHING 20s (1965)
Another terrific Robert Youngson compilation of choice scenes, this time
from the silent films of Laurel and Hardy (and Max Davison). We
all need a laugh these days and this film should do it. Top off
your Thanksgiving holiday with this delightful film.
... 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;
and, lastly, it ought to
*All films begin at 7:00 pm and are shown at Church in the City, 2648 N
Hackett Avenue. More info can be found at www.ficoa.biz/focus.htm
or by calling 414-258-6492.
Come join us!