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Home | Lifestyle | For March’s free movie program, Sunset Film Society honors Kirk Douglas

For March’s free movie program, Sunset Film Society honors Kirk Douglas

For March, the Sunset Film Society commemorates the life of Kirk Douglas by presenting 3 of his noteworthy films at the International Museum Of Art.

Located at 1211 Montana Avenue, “The People’s Museum” will host three Saturday afternoons and celebrate one of the last movie stars of the Golden Era of Hollywood.

As an actor, Douglas received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He appeared in more than 90 films; and as an author, he wrote ten novels and memoirs.

Douglas’ passing on February 5, 2020 at the age of 103 closes the door on one of the last surviving stars of the film industry’s Golden Age.

To honor his remarkable career, the Sunset Film Society celebrates with some of his most notable films.

        March 7, 2020 – ACE IN THE HOLE  (Paramount:  1951)  -111 minutes-

A cynical, disgraced reporter stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper. It is a biting examination of the seedy relationship between the press, the news it reports and the manner in which it reports it. The film also shows how a gulliblepublic can be manipulated by the press.

It marked a series of firsts for auteur Billy Wilder- it was the first time he was involved in a project as a writer, producer, and director; his first film following his breakup with long-time writing partner Charles Brackett with whom he had collaborated on The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard among others; and his first film to be a critical and commercial failure.

Location scenes filmed near   Gallup, New Mexico. Now considered a classic and  more timely than ever! Co-written,  produced and directed by Billy Wilder. Starring:  Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Richard Benedict, Porter Hall.

        March 14, 2020 – LUST FOR LIFE (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer:  1956)           -122 minutes-

 A biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Irving Stone which was adapted for the screen by Norman Corwin.  Douglas becomes van Gogh in an Academy Award-nominated performance!  Filmed on location in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.

Produced by John Houseman. Music by Miklos Rozsa. Starring:  Kirk Douglas, Pamela Brown, Anthony Quinn (Academy Award-Best

Supporting Actor), James Donald.
        March 21, 2020  –  LONELY ARE THE BRAVE(Universal:  1962)    -107 minutes-
 A film adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Brave Cowboy, directed by DavidMiller from a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo. Douglas assembled the cast and crew through  his production company, Joel Productions, recruiting ex-blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo who had written Spartacus two years before, to write the screenplay.
The movie was filmed in the area in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico: the Sandia Mountains, the Manzano Mountains, the Tijeras Canyon and Kirtland Air Force Base. A wonderful, early score by Jerry Goldsmith.
Douglas’s personal favorite film. He said:  “It happens to be a point of view I love. This is what attracted me to the story – the difficulty of being an individual today. “

Starring:  Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, George Kennedy.

El Paso Premiere!  FESTINEMA FESTIVAL
        March 28, 2020  –  COMME des GARÇONS (“Let the Girls Play”)  (2018)  -90 minutes-    |   
 Presented by the Alliance FrancaiseIn French with English subtitles 
For the convenience of patrons, the door on Brown Street will be open at 1:30pm to enter directly downstairs into the auditorium.
In addition to the free parking and free admission, movie fans can take the money they’ve saved and buy freshly popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks are available for purchase

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