Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mariners Wharf Film Fest kicks off TONIGHT!

Tuesday, June 7th
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934; Unrated; B & W; 105 minutes long)
Directed by Frank Capra, this film earned all the major Academy Awards. Clark Gable stars as a cynical reporter hot on the trail of a runaway heiress, played by Claudette Colbert. Along the way, they fall in love and the end result is movie magic.

Tuesday, June 14th
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950; Unrated; B & W; 110 minutes long)
Directed by Billy Wilder, this film examines Hollywood and its excesses and deserves its rightful place as one of the best ever made. William Holden stars as an out-of-work screenwriter who attaches himself to a faded screen star. Gloria Swanson, in a stunning parody, is brilliant as the tragically deluded Norma Desmond.

Tuesday, June 21st
SHALL WE DANCE? (1937; Unrated; B & W; 109 minutes long)
In this musical comedy, legendary dance partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers team up as professional colleagues who end up marrying as the result of a publicity stunt gone awry. Great songs in this film include “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

Tuesday, June 28th
HIGH NOON (1952; Unrated; B & W; 84 minutes long)
Gary Cooper won his second Oscar as a sheriff who, on his wedding day, must confront the head of a band of outlaws who has sworn vengeance against him. When the lawman turns to his townspeople for help, no one comes to his aid. The suspense mounts in this western as the clock ticks ever closer to noon, the time of the standoff. Also stars Grace Kelly and Lloyd Bridges.

Tuesday, July 5th
THE LADY EVE (1941; Unrated; B & W; 94 minutes long)
Brilliantly directed and written by Preston Sturges, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, and Charles Coburn are first rate in this romantic comedy. Fonda plays an unsophisticated millionaire with Stanwyck as the conniving woman determined to ensnare him—with hilarious results.

Tuesday, July 12th
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1945; Unrated; B & W; 99 minutes long)
This tautly directed film noir drama stars Edward G. Robinson as a mild-mannered married professor who indulges in innocent conversation and a cocktail with a beautiful model, played by Joan Bennett. In the blink of an eye, he is immersed in a world of murder and blackmail. Also stars Raymond Massey.

Tuesday, July 19th
BORN YESTERDAY (1950; Unrated; B & W; 103 minutes long)
In this delightful film directed by George Cukor, Judy Holliday is magnificent as a dizzy dame who isn’t nearly as dim as she appears. Boyfriend and junkyard-dealer-made-good Broderick Crawford hires well-educated William Holden to teach Billie how to be “high-toned.” The result is comical and highly entertaining.

Tuesday, July 26th
NOTORIOUS (1946; Unrated; B & W; 101 minutes long)
Among the finest of Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers, Cary Grant stars as an American agent with Ingrid Bergman as the daughter of a convicted traitor. The two join forces to root out Nazis in postwar Rio de Janeiro. Also stars Claude Rains in a stellar performance.

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