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Over the river and through the woods -- to Katie's house we go

Katie Holmes as April

Katie Holmes hosts us for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in Pieces of April. Fresh City Life serves it up with a slice of pie.

A relaxing get-together for knitters and other crafters, KnitFlix meets once a month in the Fresh City Lounge for an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary films. Guests may bring favorite beverages and nibbles, and have been known to comment on the film while it plays - KnitFlix is like going to a friend’s house to watch a film. Grab your knitting and let’s go to the movies!

For November, we continue a tradition of showing a film highlighting the most American of all holidays -- and will dish it up with a slice of pumpkin pie, if you've got room for dessert! 

Thanksgiving (Dysfunction Palooza) 2011

Norman Rockwell's Freedom From Want

Are Norman Rockwell's images portrayals of the world he lived in or are they wishful painting?

One year for Thanksgiving, I begged my mom to bring the roasted turkey to the table uncarved so that we might participate in a tableau vivant of Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom From Want. As a middle class kid interested in art, I was familiar with many of Rockwell's beloved illustrations and I was convinced that this Thanksgiving scene should be acted out. Here's how it went down:

Halloween at the Crawfords

1. Anne Bancroft.

KnitFlix presents the camp classic Mommie Dearest for our Halloween-Hollywood Royalty special screening. Tuesday, October 18, 5:30 p.m. in the Fresh City Lounge.

Here is some Mommie Dearest trivia to put you in the mood for this weird, cult film. Click on the pictures for the answers to the questions.

1. Who was originally picked to play Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest?

2. In a record breaking 'sweep,' how many Golden Raspberry Awards (the Razzies) did this film win?

3. What did costume designer Irene Sharaff say you needed to do before entering Faye Dunaway's dressing room?

4. Which memorable line from this film is #72 on the American Film Institute's list of top 100 lines of dialogue?

Tina Darling, Mommie's Home!

 Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.

 It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:

Tomato Aspic: Party like it's 1929

KnitFlix pays tribute to depression-era partying with Dinner at Eight.

There are a lot of themes and motifs in the film Dinner at Eight (1933, directed by George Cukor). With a huge cast of Hollywood notables, and taken from a hit stage play, Dinner at Eight is a microcosmic look at everything that was going wrong in the United States during the depression -- and even a few things that were going right.

Preston Sturges: Hollywood's Everyman

Baby, It's Not Cold Outside. But we need a little Christmas anyway.

The term Christmas in July can be traced to Southern hemisphere celebrations -- for countries that celebrate Christmas but where the winter months fall around July. In the U.S., sponsoring a Christmas in July celebration became popular at summer camps for children in the 1920s and 30s. But it took a Hollywood film directed by Preston Sturges to turn the phrase into a part of the vernacular of the common people.

The Origins of Gaslighting

Ingrid Bergman at the height of her allure in Gaslight.

You're not paranoid; people really are messing with you. Go ask Ingrid.

 gaslight -- (verb) gaslights (third-person singular simple present), gaslighting (present participle), gaslighted (simple past and past participle).

1. (slang; origin UK) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.

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