Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friendswood Library flicks

Friendswood Library flicks is an ongoing movie series held every other Thursday evening in the Friendswood Public Library Activity Room.  Films are shown on an 8 X 10 ft. screen.  Movies are free and begin at 6:20pm.  Refreshments provided.

July 31: Rebecca starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940. This film is not rated and runs 130 minutes.

 Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film is a sumptuous and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's romantic novel. –Radio Times

A real treat. Captivating from its famous opening lines to its pyrotechnic finale, this is one of Hitchcock's finest -- and that's saying something. ---Film4

Both a tender gothic romance and a haunting ghost story. –Ozus World Movie Reviews

August 14: My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. Released in the U.S. through Walt Disney Pictures. This film is rated G and runs 86 minutes.

Film critic Roger Ebert identified My Neighbor Totoro as one of his "Great Movies", calling it "one of the lovingly hand-crafted works of Hayao Miyazaki". 

 Hayao Miyazaki is regarded as one of the greatest creators of animated films…  Rovi

August 28: The Devil is a Woman starring Marlene Dietrich, Lionell Atwill, and Edward Everett Horton. Directed by Josef von Sternberg in 1935. This film is not rated and runs 79 minutes. 

 The final encounter between Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg, The Devil is a Woman is more of a victory lap than a swan song. Neither the most elaborate nor the most emotionally charged of their seven collaborations, it is nonetheless a crowning achievement, a seemingly effortless merger of two sensibilities that conspire to create a unique, utterly immersive world…The Devil is a Woman was Marlene’s favorite of their films together.  ---not coming to a theatre near you

September 11: The Red Shoes starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, and Marius Goring. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in 1948.  This film is not rated and runs 133 minutes. 

Filmmakers such as Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese have named it one of their all-time favorite films.  Scorsese has stated that The Red Shoes, along with Jean Renoir's The River, are the two most beautiful color films.

The timeless appeal of a beautiful ballerina torn between ambition and love makes engrossing viewing in this meticulously remastered 1948 classic.

The film reminds us of where great cinema comes from.

Urban Cinefile

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