We just wrapped up the Third Floor Film Series Screwball Summer, a fun summer series in which we watched three classic screwball comedy films. With summer almost over, it’s time to announce the schedule for the fall months. Take a look at these upcoming films, and make plans to join us for these excellent screenings.
Thursday, September 22 – Bright Star (2009). This exquisitely shot biopic of poet John Keats is one of the most visually sumptuous films of the last decade. It follows the emerging courtship of Keats (Ben Whishaw) with his neighbor Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), and the rivalry that develops for Keats’ affection between Fanny and Keats’ fellow poet (and sponsor) Charles Brown (Paul Schneider). Campion’s patient storytelling and knack for avoiding the obvious emotion of a scene and instead focusing on the subtleties of human relationships make this a deeply felt–and visually stunning–modern masterpiece.
Directed by Jane Campion. Starring Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, & Paul Schneider.
Thursday, October 20 – The Birds (1963). One of the more unusual entries into Hitchcock’s filmography, this horror-tinged thriller still showcases the British director’s preference for suspense and dread over outright terror. When the birds of a California coastal town go berserk, killing residents and causing total panic, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) must try to keep Mitch’s mother and young sister safe. This proves difficult, since the birds seem to be particularly aggressive toward Melanie herself. The final shot of the film is one of the most ominous of Hitchcock’s career. Ornithophobists beware.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, & Jessica Tandy.
Thursday, November 17 – The Big Heat (1953). This classic of the film noir genre follows homicide detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) as he tries to take down the crime syndicate controlling his city and corrupting the police administration he works for. When the mob threatens his family, he must decide how far he’s willing to go to end the corruption. Glenn Ford plays the perfect grizzled cop trying to stay clean, while Lee Marvin plays brutal mob deputy Vince Stone and Gloria Grahame–one of the greatest of the noir femme fatales–plays Stone’s battered girlfriend. With mounting tension (and violence) and sizzling performances, this is one of the very best of the classic noirs.
Directed by Fritz Lang. Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, & Jocelyn Brando.
All shows will begin at 7:00 p.m. I will lead a brief discussion after each screening, and, as always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, Jones Soda, and coffee for all shows. The screenings will be held in the public meeting room on the third floor of the library, and the movies will be viewed on our 80″ high definition flat screen television with our brand new surround sound system.
We look forward to seeing you there!