As the Sunset Film Society enters the New Year, they’ll be recognizing four classic films directed by four major stars.
Two of the films proved to be the first and only directorial effort and the other two began a career; one of which still continues.
Film historian, educator, writer, archivist, publisher, collector and host Jay Duncan returns to the International Museum of Art with free Saturday afternoon film presentations.
Residents can also make plans on attending the 3rd Iva Turney Society for Arts and Adventure on Sunday, January 26th at 2p.m., when Ruben Gutierrez and Billy Townes will present “Dueling Pianos.”
The films start at 2 p.m. every Saturday, with free admission as well as free parking. As always, freshly popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks are available for purchase.
January’s film schedule:
January 4, 2020 — CITIZEN KANE (1941) -119 minutes- Black & White
January 11, 2020 — THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955) -92 minutes- Black & White
January 18, 2020 — ONE EYED JACKS (1961) -141 minutes- TECHNICOLOR / VistaVision
January 25, 2020 — PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971) -102 minutes- TECHNICOLOR
January 26, 2020 — IVA TURNEY SOCIETY FOR ARTS & ADVENTURE
Presents “Dueling Pianos” Featuring Ruben Gutierrez and Billy Townes -2p.m.-
Jan. 4 — CITIZEN KANE (RKO: 1941)
What more can be said about “The best movie of all time”!? Most film scholars and Cineastes agree that if it is not the greatest, it certainly is up there with the very best films ever made. On top of this, it was the very first film produced, directed and co-written by a 25-year-old ORSON WELLES! After the death of a publishing tycoon, reporters try to unravel the meaning of his last word: “Rosebud.”
Through interviews and the recollection of people in his orbit, the life of an enigmatic and complex personality is uncovered. Cinematic rules were broken (showing ceilings in rooms) and new ones created in this magnificent production…which still amazes in its creativity and audacity.
Welles’ troupe of Mercury Players from radio ALL made their feature-film debuts. Stupendous depth of field cinematography by Greg Toland. Edited by another future great director, Robert Wise. Music by Bernard Herrmann.
Starring: Orson Welles, Dorothy Comingore, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloan.
Jan. 11 — THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (United Artists: 1955)
The first and only film directed by Charles Laughton. Screenplay by James Agee was based on the 1953 best-selling novel by Davis Grubb. The plot focuses on a corrupt minister-turned serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspecting widow and steal $10,000 hidden by her executed husband.
At once beautifully poetic, yet primally frightening. Mitchum equals or surpasses his villainous role in CAPE FEAR. Haunting images will stay with you forever! Cinematography by Stanley Cortez. Music by Walter Schumann.
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, James Gleason, Lillian Gish and Billy Chapin and Sally Jane Bruce
as the children.
Jan. 18 — ONE EYED JACKS (Paramount: 1961)
The first and only film directed by Marlon Brando. It was originally planned to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a screenplay by Sam Peckinpah, but studio disputes led to their replacement by Brando and screenwriter Guy Trosper.
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio (Marlon Brando) to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now married and a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio’s return.
An undisputed classic and towering artistic achievement. Director Martin Scorsese has cited this troubled masterpiece as his favorite Western, and was responsible, along with Steven Spielberg in the restoration. Based on the novel, The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles Neider.
Cinematography by Charles Lang (nominated) in Durango, Mexico and Big Sur and Monterey, CA. Wonderful score by Hugo Friedhofer.
Starring: Marlon Brando, Pina Pellicer, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens.
Jan. 25 —PLAY MISTY FOR ME (Universal: 1971)
Superstar Clint Eastwood made his sure-handed directorial debut with this taut and effective tale of obsession. Dave Garver (Eastwood) plays a radio disc jockey who broadcasts nightly in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
After he receives a phone call from Evelyn (Jessica Walter) requesting to hear Erroll Garner’s classic “Misty”, the nightmare begins. The film provided an introduction to Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”.
Screenplay by Jo Heims and Dean Riesner. An equally effective precursor to FATAL ATTRACTION 16-years later!
Starring: Jessica Walter, Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills and Eastwood’s favorite director, Donald Siegel (as Murphy the bartender).