Monday, December 28, 2009

Films we love

Somebody at the New Haven Library knows how to pick more than books

The New Haven Public Library is inviting film buffs to "rediscover some old favorites" at Wednesday Classics, a film series showing classic films during the winter months at 133 Elm St.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m., on the first and last Wednesdays of the month, films will be shown on the big screen, library organizers said in a statement.

There is no charge for the showings, and free parking is available. Bring your own popcorn.

For more information, call the library at 203-946-8835.

The schedule is (with comments included herein by library staff):

January 6: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932), the first horror film to win an Academy Award, thanks to the lead performance by Fredric March and the elegant direction by Rouben Mamoulian.

January 27: It Happened One Night (1934), a screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which pampered socialite played by Claudette Colbert tries to get out from under her father's thumb, and falls in love with roguish newspaper reporter Clark Gable.

February 3: Now, Voyager (1942), a middle-aged spinster played by Bette Davis suffers a nervous breakdown because of her domineering mother. After spending time in a sanitarium, she finds freedom with a man she meets while on a cruise.

February 24: Casablanca (1943). You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss… Arguably America’s most popular film of all time, starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.

March 3: Gaslight (1944). A husband played by Charles Boyer with a lot to hide determines to prove his wife, Ingrid Bergman, insane. His plan almost works, until a chance encounter with a stranger at the Tower of London who turns out to be Inspector Cameron of Scotland Yard, played by Joseph Cotten.

March 31: Born Yesterday (1950). A corrupt millionaire junk dealer played by Broderick Crawford) hires a smart journalist William Holden to add some grace notes to the behavior of his fiance Judy Holliday, so that she will not ruin his wheeling and dealing in Washington. The tables get turned when the “dumb blonde” discovers the principles of American democracy.

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