Winter Film Series

Movies About Movies

Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Library Meeting Room

A short discussion will follow each movie.

 

January 13, 2016

Sullivan’s Travels (1941), Not Rated

In this' classic comedy of Depression-era America, filmmaker John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), is consumed with the desire to make a serious social statement in his upcoming film. Sullivan decides to hit the road, disguised as a tramp, but Sullivan's studio transforms his odyssey into a publicity stunt. Sullivan's Travels is Preston Sturges' masterpiece and one of the finest movies about movies ever made. ~ Hal Erickson

 

January 20, 2016

Singin' in the Rain (1952), Rated G

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in this spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. Singin' in the Rain is one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.

 

January 27, 2016

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Not Rated

Kirk Douglas plays the corrupt and amoral head of a major film studio in this Hollywood drama, often regarded as one of the film's industry's most interesting glimpses at itself. The Bad and the Beautiful won five Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Gloria Grahame. ~ Mark Deming

 

February 3, 2016

Day for Night (1973), Rated PG

Known to English-speaking audiences as Day for Night, La nuit américaine is director François Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the communal insanity of making a movie. While La nuit américaine was considered slight by some critics in comparison to earlier Truffaut masterworks, it went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. ~ Judd Blaise

 

February 10, 2016

The Player (1992), Rated R

Robert Altman takes a scalpel to Hollywood ethics in the 1990s in his acidic satire The Player, adapted from Michael Tolkin's novel. The film concerns a sleek and smooth Hollywood studio executive who starts receiving death threats from a disgruntled writer because he has committed the ultimate Hollywood sin -- he promised the writer he would call him back and he never did. Altman cast over 65 stars in cameo roles as texture for his scabrous tale. ~ Paul Brenner

 

February 17, 2016

Ed Wood (1994), Rated R

Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey. Ed Wood is a unique film -- at times side-splittingly funny; at others, tragic or even frightening -- and a heartfelt tribute to the love of movies, good and bad alike. ~ Jeremy Beday