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
Join Fresh City Life for our first ever sing along film night! We've got the film cued up, there'll be fresh, hot popcorn and lots of fun and laughs. Don't hide your gift for singing show tunes in your big Ethel Merman voice -- share it with the world this Friday. And one lucky audience member will win tickets to the upcoming production of The Sound of Music set for this summer at the Buell Theatre!
Did you know that there are almost 10,000 items in Vietnamese within the Denver Public Library collection? The majority of these items are housed at the Barnum Branch Library, where DPL’s Vietnamese speakers come on a regular basis to check out DVDs, books and CDs.
Many outside of the Barnum area are unaware that this collection exists, and there are those, like myself, who simply find it intriguing and mysterious. In order to learn more, I asked Sao T. to give some recommendations for the best Vietnamese movies at DPL. Sao first came to the US in 1978 and has been working for DPL for over 20 years. Many of the Vietnamese items in the collection are a result of her hard work and selection, and I am pretty sure that there isn’t a single Vietnamese customer at DPL who doesn’t know who Sao is.
This year, Fresh City Life is celebrating Hollywood Regency style in film. Torch Song, Joan Crawford's musical offering from 1953, is a fabulous and fabulously wrong film. It plays this Tuesday on the big screen.
Crawford always found the zeitgeist. She was a liberated flapper at just the right moment. Then she transformed into a shop girl who makes good to highlight the collapse of the economy. And after WWII, she debuted her last great incarnation for the screen -- a self-empowered and independent woman who didn't need anyone by her side to make her complete. It played beautifully to pre-Women's Movement audiences. And then, when her star began to fade, her film choices became more over-the-top and her characters more broadly sketched.