Fresh City Life explores the role of male drag and crossdressing in films. Much like classic cabaret drag queens, these films represent one thing on the surface and, for those willing to look for it, reveal so much more through subtext and innuendo. Underneath the makeup and the theatrical dressing and the sharp-tongued rejoinders, there is humanity and understanding and compassion. But there are also laughs. There must always be laughs.
Dr. Vincent Piturro leads a film viewing and discussion of the 2011 Oscar winner for documentary short. SAVING FACE is a harshly realistic view of some incredibly strong and impressive women. Every year in Pakistan, many women are victimized by brutal acid attacks, with numerous cases going unreported. Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad left his prominent London practice to return to his home country and help the victims of such attacks.
Ages 16+ This film contains sensitive material and graphic images, which may not be appropriate for all viewers.
Let’s party like its 1599! Lutenist Ben Cohen performs lively lute music from the renaissance to the early baroque, including music of Elizabethan England by famed English composer John Dowland, and German baroque music by J.S. Bach’s contemporary Silvius Leopold Weiss. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Directed by George Cukor. Starring Judy Garland, James Mason. Judy Garland’s triumphant comeback movie. It was a blockbuster at the box office and launched the last chapter of her public life -- huge international concerts and television appearances. In A Star is Born, viewers get to see all the drive and talent and pathos that fueled Judy Garland. See the legend in the legendary film. 154 minutes. Rated PG. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Directed by Ernest Lubitsch. Starring Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas. Why is Ninotchka so special in the pantheon of golden age films? Greta Garbo, the serious Swedish sphinx had never laughed on film and rarely smiled either. In this comedy co-written by Billy Wilder, a clever love story with great dialogue propels Garbo toward her first big screen laugh – and she’s pretty funny doing it, too. 110 minutes. Not rated. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Directed by Fred Walton. Starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda. “Fred Walton's 1979 chiller When a Stranger Calls explores the oft-heard urban legend of the lonely babysitter terrified by phone calls coming from somewhere ... within the house!
Meet film and stage actress, Rutanya Alda, who played the long suffering maid, Carol Ann, to Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford in the camp, cult classic Mommie Dearest. Our friends at Whole Foods Market will be serving up Mom’s Day realness with a brunch fit for Hollywood royalty. And Ms. Alda will be dishing up stories from her upcoming book, Mommie Dearest Diary, about playing opposite Faye Dunaway in the film that Faye won’t talk about. Host Walter Chaw will guide after-film discussion and Ms. Alda will meet her fans in the theatre lobby after the film.
Directed by Michael Cimono. Starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, Rutanya Alda. “The Deer Hunter is said to be about many subjects: About male bonding, about mindless patriotism, about the dehumanizing effects of war, about Nixon's "silent majority." It is about any of those things that you choose, if you choose, but more than anything else, it is a heartbreakingly effective fictional machine that evokes the agony of the Vietnam time.” Roger Ebert,rogerebert.com 182 minutes. Rated R. http://denverlibrary.org/fresh
Directed by Robert Wise. Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer. Do we care if you are pitch perfect? No. Will we fuss if you don’t know all the words? No. But we will have trouble naming all of our favorite things without your help, so join us for a unique opportunity to sing somewhere other than your shower. Central City Opera will be on hand to award some tickets to the summer production of The Sound of Music, too. Relive the classic film with music so memorable that, on one special night in Denver, we’ll all be cast members of this beloved classic.
Filmmakers have always turned to Broadway for inspiration and story ideas. And producing song and dance numbers for film is as old as sound recording on film itself – beginning with the movie The Jazz Singer in 1927. Fresh City Life takes a fresh look at four classic films – all stage hits interpreted by Hollywood for mass film audiences.