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CLASSIC FILM: MILLIE (1931)

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

MILLIE (1931)

This pre-code drama starrs the lovely Helen Twelvetrees.  Like most of the pre-code dramas, it is filled with sexual themes and independent women.  Millie, after marrying a cheating rat at a young age, maintains her independence after that through thick and thin.  Joan Blonell plays one of her less independent friends. 


Twelvetrees is not Native American, but adopted her first husband's name as a stage name.  She married the actor Clark Twelvetrees in 1927.  A few years later, he tried to commit suicide by jumping out a window during a dinner party.  she divorced him claiming mental cruelty and alcoholism.  She married twice more.  She died at 58 of an overdose of sleeping pills.


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.


NOVEMBER 18 AND nOVEMBER 20, 2:00 pm, fREE.

"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 "The Killers."

September 16, and a showing of the film, September 18

2:00 PM, Free

Supported by the St. Simons Literary Guild

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 lines, he told him (Clift) to just grab for a word from the script and improvise.  When he ran out, grab for another word.  Clift did this and the scene is just one of the best things I've ever seen in a film.  If you haven't watched Judgment at Nuremberg recently, find a copy and do so.  It's just a great film.



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 of a delay in the shooting schedule the filming was done at a time of the year when temperatures in the desert were often over 105 degrees.

 

Come join us for a discussion of the screenplay, The Misfits, Monday 19 August, 2 PM, We will be showing the movie Ausuts 21, 2PM, Free.

St. Simons Island Public Library, St. Simons Ilsnad, Georgia

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 casting Gable, but once he met with Gable, he said that he came to realize that Gay (the main character) was Gable, or Gable was Gay.

Gable died shortly after filming finished. He saw the cuts and said that he thought it was the best thing he had done since "Gone with the Wind."

 Join us for a lively discussion of the screenplay and the movie on Monday August 19, 2 PM, at the St. Simons Public Library. We will be showing the film August 21, 2 PM, Free.

Burt Lancaster

The Fall Series focuses on the movies of Burt Lancaster. "The Killers" is Lancaster's first film. "The Rose Tatoo" is based on a play by Tennessee Williams, and "Elmer Gantry" is based on a novel by Sinclair Lewis.

Lancaster got his first role in a play because he was noticed on an elevator wearing his uniform from WWII. He worked entertaining troops in Italy during the war. Get the best stories, most interesting details in our series starting in September.


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 casting Gable, but once he met with Gable, he said that he came to realize that Gay (the main character) was Gable, or Gable was Gay.

Gable died shortly after filming finished. He saw the cuts and said that he thought it was the best thing he had done since "Gone with the Wind."

 Join us for a lively discussion of the screenplay and the movie on Monday August 19, 2 PM, at the St. Simons Public Library. We will be showing the film August 21, 2 PM, Free.

Burt Lancaster

The Fall Series focuses on the movies of Burt Lancaster. "The Killers" is Lancaster's first film. "The Rose Tatoo" is based on a play by Tennessee Williams, and "Elmer Gantry" is based on a novel by Sinclair Lewis.

Lancaster got his first role in a play because he was noticed on an elevator wearing his uniform from WWII. He worked entertaining troops in Italy during the war. Get the best stories, most interesting details in our series starting in September.

 

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 Lancaster's performances. 


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