By the time Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins made the film, Old Acquaintance, in 1943, their feud was part of the publicity for their film showdown. The two actresses had apparently had a rivalry since their days on Broadway in 1928 when they were in the same acting troupe (except at this time, Hopkins was on top professionally).
Fresh City Life will be taking a brief detour from our regularly scheduled programming of high-minded, culturally significant fare to ring in Valentine's Day with a presentation of Xanadu. It is arguably one of the finest worst films ever made. And it is a ton of fun.
Immigration is in the news, not just here in the U.S. but around the world. This week we bring you a selection of international films that explore the immigrant experience, both here and across the globe.
The Beautiful Monsters film series wraps up next week with a presentation of the rare Spencer Tracy movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Tracy acted the dual role of Jekyll and Hyde using very little makeup or facial prosthetics because he wanted the evil of Mr. Hyde to come from within. It's a truly fitting rendition of the original Robert Louis Stevenson story that explores the evil that lurks inside all of us. Lana Turner supports as his innocent girlfriend and Ingrid Bergman steals the show as the street walker turned mistress.
It's the most watched film in cinema history. How well do you know the movie and its source novel? Click on the photo to reveal the correct answer.
1. The shabby, yet theatrical jacket (pictured left) worn by Professor Marvel was purchased for actor Frank Morgan at a second hand shop. One day on the set he turned over the lapel to discover the original owner of the jacket. Whose was it?
2. Did L. Frank Baum name Dorothy Gale after a real person?
3. What was used to tint the multi-colored "horse of a different color"?
The Fresh City Life documentary series, What's Up, Doc? continues this Tuesday with the presentation of Sarah Polley's inventive film, Stories We Tell. It's a movie that hits close to home for many viewers -- about the relationship between family members and how each of them views the details of a life together in very different ways. The film reminds me of something that my sister often says to me when I'm telling stories about our growing up.
In October, the Buell Theatre in Denver will be showcasing the regional debut of the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots. This joyful musical is based on the film of the same name -- and both explore the themes of diversity and open-minded compassion for our differences as human beings. Also, it's about high heels.
To wrap up our film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Male Drag, Denver Public Library will be presenting the original film version of Kinky Boots this Tuesday. Hope you can join us for the ebullient British comedy. Free and open to the public.
Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman.
See the film that resurrected the career of the Swedish Sphinx -- Greta Garbo. One of the great comedies of 1939, it is an important film in the oeuvre of the woman who has often been called the 'face of the century.'
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center