10. The Chicago Film Club screens “The Awful Truth” January 14, 2014—This great screwball
|Irene Dunne and Cary Grant fight over Mr. Smith.|
|The Master of Suspense|
7. Hitchcock in the 40s—New film series begins May 13, 2014—How can you go wrong with a an Alfred Hitchcock film series? Featuring the Master of Suspense’s studio films when he was under contract to David O. Selznick. Hitchcock felt personally and professionally frustrated working for Selznick. But during this period Hitchcock produced some of his most famous films, including Rebecca, Spellbound, and Notorious.
6. John Wayne: The Life and Legend—This new biography offers new insight into the person behind the iconic movie star. John Wayne was a hard working actor, producer, and business man. Scott Eyman has written a biography that reads like a novel—a good novel.
5. Classic Films in Context: Gone With The Wind—I wrote this piece on the 75th anniversary of the legendary screen classic’s release. It asks the question: Is Gone With The Wind still relevant in the 21st century? Your comments are welcome.
4. Hitchcock’s “Foreign Correspondent” to screen June 10, 2014—Hitchcock’s second American film is a rousing action/adventure that would foreshadow later classics like North by Northwest.
3. Book Review: Tinseltown by William J. Mann—This nonfiction work investigates one of the movie industry’s most notorious unsolved crime: The murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor. Tinseltown reads like a novel and is a primer on the early days of the motion picture industry and some of its most famous and infamous characters. Mann’s book is a fascinating read that I found hard to put down.
2. “What’s Up Doc?” final film screened in screwball comedy series April 12, 2014—Director Peter Bogdanovitch’s homage to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s is a classic in its own right. Featuring the talents of Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal at the height of their careers. And like those classic screwball comedies of old, What’s Up Doc? features a fantastic supporting cast, including Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton, and Madeline Kahn in her scene-stealing motion picture debut. A laugh-riot from start to finish.
|Joseph Cotton and Teresa Wright in Shadow of a Doubt|
I hope everyone had a great 2014. I'm looking forward to an even better 2015!