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.



October 10, 2015
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 pleasure!
Screenplay by Comden and Green.  Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.







" ... 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;