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Elmer Gantry: Music

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

  Andre Previn composed the music for the film Elmer Gantry.  Listen to a sample of the music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL6UGHLl3hk


Come join us for a discussion of the 1927 novel (November 18 ) and a screening of the 1960 film (November 20).  Free.  St Simons Public Library.

St. Simons Library Novel/Movie Series: Burt Lancaster

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

  ELMER GANTRY


Elmer Gantry (1960) was based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis (1927).  come join us for a discussion of the novel (November 18 and a screening of the film (November 20).  2:00 PM, St. Simons Public Library, free.

St. Simons Library Novel/Movie Series: Burt Lancaster

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)



Dorothy Jeakins was the Costume Designer for the film "Elmer Gantry."  She worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.


COME JOIN US FOR A DISCUSSION OF THE 1927 NOVEL "ELMER GANTRY" AND A SCREENING OF THE 1960 FILM WITH BURT LANCASTER AND JEAN SIMMONS.

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"The Killers" (1946) Casting

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)



"The Killers" was Burt Lancaster's first movie. But, he wasn't the studio's first choice. Warner Brothers wouldn't lend out actor Wayne Morris for the film. Other actors considered for the part include: Van Heflin, Jon Hall, Sonny Tufts, and Edmond O'Brien, who was instead cast in the role of the insurance investigator.

Come join us for a lively discussion of ...

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Montgomery Clift: Judgment at Nuremberg

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

  After a disastrous automobile accident, Montgomery Clift was never the same.  He was once referred to as the longest running suicide in history.  By the time he made "Judgment at Nuremberg," he was having trouble remembering lines.  This amazing scene from the film came from Clift's confusion.  The director was so frustrated with Clift's inability to rememer his lin...

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The Misfits (1961)

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Misfits (1961)

 

When you read about the making of this film, it’s a surprise that it ever got made. John Huston, the director, was compulsively gambling away the budget in Reno, Marilyn Monroe and the author of the screenplay, Arthur Miller, were busily destroying their marriage, Montgomery Clift was taking drugs and drinking heavily, and Clark Gable was in bad health. Because ...

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The Misfits (1961)

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)



The Misfits (1961)

The first movie in our new series is one left over from the Clark Gable Series: The Misfits.

Gable felt honored to be offered the part. He considered it an "intellectual" script - a western but not a western. Arthur Miller, who wrote the screenplay, did not initially like the idea of ca...

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The Misfits (1961)

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)



The Misfits (1961)

The first movie in our new series is one left over from the Clark Gable Series: The Misfits.

Gable felt honored to be offered the part. He considered it an "intellectual" script - a western but not a western. Arthur Miller, who wrote the screenplay, did not initially like the idea of ca...

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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you haven't watched Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) in the past few years, run to your nearest library or order it from Netflix or Amazon.  This is a really important film in the present political context.  It's also just an excellent film.  We will be starting the Fall Novel/Movie Series in September and the subject is Burt Lancaster.  This is arguably one of the very best of...

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South Sea Woman

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

SOUTH SEA WOMAN (1953)

 

Burt Lancaster did not want to make “South Sea Woman” but did so as part of a deal with Warners to get financing and distribution for a couple of films being put out by his independent production company, Norma Productions.


According to Gary Fishgall, Burt’s biographer, he had no illusions about the film, but tried even wit...

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