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Classic Film: All That Jazz (1979, 123 min)
July 29, 2014
7:00 pm
"It's showtime!" In this part film ŕ clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer Bob Fosse takes a Felliniesque look at the life of a driven entertainer. Joe Gideon is the ultimate work (and pleasure)-aholic, as he knocks back a daily dose of amphetamines to juggle a new Broadway production while editing his new movie, not to mention ex-wife Audrey, steady girlfriend Kate, a young daughter, and various conquests. Joe cannot, however, avoid intimations of mortality from white-clad vision Angelique that lead him to look back at his life as he heads for a near-inevitable coronary and his departure from this mortal coil with the appropriate razzle-dazzle. Critics praised Fosse's daring, while Roy Scheider was lauded for giving the best performance of his career.--All Movie
Documentary: Vincent: A Life in Color (2009, 96 minutes)
August 04, 2014
2:00 pl.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Vincent P. Falk is Fashion Man. Clad in brightly colored suits, Vincent twirls on Chicago’s many bridges, performing fashion shows for passing tour boats. As he spins his way through the city, tourists and locals alike are left to wonder just who this strange man could be. Over the course of one boat season, we follow Vincent and begin to unravel the mystery that surrounds him. We discover that the man behind the fashion, having come through the travails of life, has decided to do what makes him happy. And so, he spins
Classic Film: Advise and Consent (1962, 139 min)
August 05, 2014
7:00 pm
The first of Allen Drury "all names changed to protect the guilty" political novels, Advise and Consent was brought to the screen by producer/director Otto Preminger. The film hinges upon the appointment of Robert Leffingwell to Secretary of State. Leffingwell has been hand-picked by the President, meaning that there'll be a battle on the Senate floor between adherents of and opponents to the current administration. Among the participants are veteran Dixiecrat Charles Laughton, freshman Senator Don Murray and powerseeker George Grizzard. Burgess Meredith also shows up as a man who is brought into the Senate to "prove" that Leffingwell is a communist. Perhaps the most realistic portrayal of American political workings ever put on film.--All Movie
Classic Film: My Favorite Wife (1940, 88 min)
August 12, 2014
7:00 pm
This hilarious retread of the "Enoch Arden" legend stars Irene Dunne as Ellen, who returns home to her husband Nick (Cary Grant) and children Tim and Chinch after being marooned on a desert island for seven years. Unfortunately, Ellen has been declared legally dead, and Nick has taken unto himself a second wife, the bitchy Bianca. Upon discovering that Ellen is still alive, Nick is on the verge of a tender reunion-until it discovers that she spent those seven lost years in the company of handsome Mr. Barkett. The superb supporting cast includes Granville Bates as a flummoxed judge, Chester Clute as a meek shoe salesman whom Ellen tries to pass off as Barkett, and Donald MacBride as a beetle-browed honeymoon-hotel clerk. --All Movie
International Film: Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2012, 98 minutes)
August 18, 2014
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Writer/director Haifaa al-Mansour makes her feature directorial debut with this film about a headstrong 10-year-old girl named Wadjda who's determined to challenge a neighborhood boy to a bike race despite the potentially dire repercussions. When Wadjda's mother refuses to purchase her a bike, the young girl enters a Koran reading competition to earn the money she needs to buy it herself. But not everyone is willing to accept a young girl who refuses to play by society's rules, and the closer Wadjda gets to achieving her goal, the deeper her understanding of the division between the sexes grows.—All Movie.
Classic Film: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, 113 min)
August 19, 2014
7:00 pm
Drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) takes a job at a roadhouse run by slovenly but likeable Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway). Nick's sexy young wife Cora (Lana Turner) takes an immediate liking to Frank, but he senses that she's trouble and he keeps his distance--for a while, anyway. Inevitably succumbing to Cora's tawdry charms, Frank enters into her scheme to murder Nick and claim the old boy's insurance money. A classic 1940s film noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice is shot through with an overwhelming sense of the inevitability of fate. Lana Turner is so magnetically attractive that it is easy to see why Garfield's character is so quick to fall under her charms and he does a capable job of portraying his character's basic moral neutrality: he will do what has to be done, not because it is right or wrong, but simply because it is what must be done. --All Movie
Classic Film: The Shootist (1976, 100 min)
August 26, 2014
7:00 pm
John Wayne's last feature film appropriately revolved around the death of an iconic gunfighter and the end of the Old West itself. About ten minutes into The Shootist, Doctor Hostetler (James Stewart) tells aging Western gunfighter John Bernard Books (Wayne), "You have a cancer." Knowing that his death will be painful and lingering, Books is determined to be shot in the line of "duty." In his remaining two months, Books settles scores with old enemies, including gambler Pulford (Hugh O'Brian) and Marshall Thibido (Harry Morgan) and reaches out to new friends, including a feisty widow (Lauren Bacall) and her hero-worshipping son (Ron Howard). Throughout the film, Books' imminent demise is compared with the decline of the West, as represented by the automobiles and streetcars that have begun to blight the main street of Books' hometown.--All Movie

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Above Films will be shown in the Audio-Visual Room at the Cranford Community Center (220 Walnut Avenue). Free admission. All are welcome. Wheel-chair accessible. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

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