Film

Celluloid Shakespeare-Richard III (1955)

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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Fresh City Life is setting the stage for the Bard’s big birthday. This April will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. We’re getting a jump on Bill’s big day and celebrating all this month with films (and other great events) that highlight the contributions of Shakespeare to literature, stage and, well, just being human. See four of the best screen adaptations of Shakespeare plays with our host, classically trained Shakespearean actor and writer, John McDonald.

Directed by Laurence Olivier. Starring Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke.

Crossing the Net: Denver City Park and the Black Tennis Experience Film and Panel Discussion

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2:00 pm

If the blades of grass at City Park could talk, they would tell a story similar to this short documentary: about how Denver's African-American community faced barriers as it pursued better maintained and well-lit tennis courts to play on. You'll hear stories about Tariq "TQ" Abdul-Hamid, the first African-American inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, and Walter Wedgeworth, Sr., who helped persuade the staff at City Park to open their courts to diversity in the '40s and '50s. 40mins, Unrated.

Free and open to the public

Movie discussion and clips of Freedom Riders

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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Meeting Room

In celebration of Black History Month, the library will present Freedom Riders, an important documentary about the time period during civil rights era when people came together to stop segregation. Special guest Rev. James Peters, Jr. will lead a powerful and insightful discussion along with showing clips of the film.

Created Equal Film Series: The Loving Story

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6:00 pm

On June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and his fiancee Mildred Jeter traveled from Caroline County, VA, to Washington, D.C. to be married. Later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of miscegenation. Two young ACLU lawyers took on the Lovings case, fully aware of the challenges posed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in their favor on June 12, 1967 and resulted in sixteen states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage. 77mins.

Film Series- Torch Song (1953)

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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Starring Joan Crawford. Directed by Charles Waters. A classic film of the Hollywood Regency era, watching Torch Song is like staring at perfectly lit costume jewelry – all icy beauty, saturated color, glitter and artifice. The sets, the costumes, the script, Joan Crawford’s eyebrows – all seem larger than life. Filmed in gorgeous Technicolor, this is one of Joan Crawford’s last great roles; she has become a caricature of herself as The Star. It works brilliantly in this film – but discerning viewers will see that the mirror has cracked. 90 minutes. Not rated.
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Film Series- Cabin in the Sky (1943)

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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Starring Ethel Waters, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Lena Horne. Directed by Vincente Minelli and Busby Berkeley. “Cabin in the Sky was a Broadway musical before it was made into a movie. The stage version of Cabin in the Sky was so successful that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) decided to buy the movie rights and make it into a film. To help ensure the movie’s success, MGM decided to use popular, well-known African-American stars in the film. At the top of the list were Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and Eddie Anderson.

Film Series-The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara. Directed by William Dieterle. Sometimes, you’ve got to love a monster – or as one of the characters in this film says: ‘Ugliness is fascinating.’ With Charles Laughton as the hunchback, that is certainly true. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an outstanding adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, set in fifteenth century France. One of the biggest budget films of its era, the sets are imposing, the cast is first rate, and the script is excellent. Charles Laughton is the Hunchback, deformed but spry and intelligent.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Join Fresh City Life for our third annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. We won’t be exchanging sweet nothings, but we will sweeten the experience with great appetizers and sweet finishes from our friends at Whole Foods Market – and we’ll poke a little fun at this thing called love with a presentation of the French film, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Audrey Tautou, star of the modern romance classic, Amelie, plays Angelique, a young woman whose object of affection may be in question. It’s a surprising, quirky film that will make you fall in love with restraining orders all over again.

Film Series-Hepburn and Tracy: Hollywood’s Perfect Couple-Desk Set (1957)

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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hepburn and Tracy: Hollywood’s Perfect Couple
Arguably the most durable screen duo in cinema history, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made nine films together from 1942 to 1967. They were also linked together romantically off-screen. Even though Tracy remained married to his wife until his death, he and Hepburn lived together discreetly for many years. See these acting legends in four of their greatest films. Fresh City Life will also be giving away a Hepburn/Tracy film on DVD during the talk back at the end of each film showing!
Directed by Walter Lang. 103 minutes. Unrated.

Film Series-Hepburn and Tracy: Hollywood’s Perfect Couple-Adam’s Rib (1949)

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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
B2 Conference Room

Arguably the most durable screen duo in cinema history, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made nine films together from 1942 to 1967. They were also linked together romantically off-screen. Even though Tracy remained married to his wife until his death, he and Hepburn lived together discreetly for many years. See these acting legends in four of their greatest films. Fresh City Life will also be giving away a Hepburn/Tracy film on DVD during the talk back at the end of each film showing!
Directed by George Cukor. 101 minutes. Unrated.
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