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.
September 26th at 7 p.m.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)
FOCUS is proud to present for its 75th anniversary the justly acclaimed best
version by far of the Victor Hugo story, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Production,
cast, sets, direction, photography and music are all on the same high level of
brilliance. It has never been bettered. Here is a chance to see it
on film - and what better way to appreciate a true classic of the
Screenplay by Bruno Frank and Sonya Levein. Photographed by Joe
August. Music by Alfred Newman. Produced by Pandro Berman. Directed
by William Dieterle.
October 11, 2014: THE FALCON TAKES OVER (1942)
Here is, in fact, the very first screen adaptation of Raymond Chandler's
"Farewell My Lovely". When RKO Radio bought the property
from Chandler (for a very low price) their intention was to "test"
it by using the story as a basis for their new series of Falcon mystery
thrillers. Within that framework the screenwriters did an excellent
job of capturing not only the essence of Chandler's novel but all the
central story points as well. This film is regarded by many as the
best of the Falcon series, and credit for that must go not only to Chandler
but to George Sanders' dapper portrayal of the sleuth. He is joined by a
fine supporting cast including Lynn Bari, James Gleason and Allen Jenkins.
Screenplay by Lynn Root and Frank Fenton, from the novel by Raymond
Chandler. Photographed by George Robinson. Directed by Irving Reis.
October 25, 2014: THE SCARLET CLAW (1944)
Intelligent and well-acted SHERLOCK HOLMES mystery starring Basil Rathbone
as Holmes. More of a horror picture than a standard detective
thriller, this film tells the story of a series of grisly murders committed
in a lonely Canadian forest. One of the very best, if not the best, of
the Universal Sherlock Holmes movies of the 1940s. Nigel Bruce
Screenplay by Edmund L Hartmann. Directed by Roy William Neill.
November 8, 2014: S.O.S. PACIFIC (1960)
As our tribute to the late actor.director Richard Attenborough, we present
this little-known "nail-biting thriller"(to use the words of the
New York Times) about a group of people who become stranded on a remote
island in the Pacific. As they search the island they come across a
startling discovery, one that will provide plenty of suspense to our
audiences. A fine, unknown thriller starring lovely Pier Angeli, Eddie
Constantine and Richard Attenborough
Screenplay by Robert Westerby. Music by Georges Auric. Photographed
by Wilkie Cooper. Directed by Guy Green.
November 22, 2014: ODD MAN OUT (1947)
One of the greatest classics of the British cinema, this superb film details
the final hours in the life of an IRA gunman (a superb portrayal by James
Mason) who is wounded after a bank robbery attempt. Hiding from place
to place to avoid capture, the life slowly ebbing away from him due to loss
of blood, he meets a number of fascinating characters, some who try to help
and some who try to hinder. This is a film that every lover of movies
Screenplay by R.C. Sheriff and F.L. Green. Music by William Alwyn.
Photographed by Robert Krasker. Directed by Carol Reed.
December 13th (Only
one December program; Merry Christmas!)
... 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;