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.


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 cinema.

Screenplay by Bruno Frank and Sonya Levein.  Photographed by Joe August.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Produced by Pandro Berman.  Directed by William Dieterle.

 

 

October 11th

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 25th

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 co-stars.
Screenplay by Edmund L Hartmann.  Directed by Roy William Neill.

 

 

November 8th

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 22nd

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 should see.
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,

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;

 

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