|Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp|
what a full day it was. I quickly found out that you had to choose what you most wanted to see because there could be up to five films playing on or around the same time. I decided I wanted to see films I hadn’t seen in a long time or never before.
My first choice was John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (1946) starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature. This was not a new film for me. I’ve seen it several times and even own the DVD. But I love westerns and the opportunity to see it on the big screen was a chance I didn’t want to pass up. Introduced by Peter Fonda and Keith Carradine, who brought some perspective and insight to the film, including what it was like working for Ford. The film looked beautiful. I don’t think it could have looked any better in color; the western vistas were magnificent and every image was suitable for framing. The performances were good all-around. Fonda is steady and strong as Wyatt Earp, Mature is tough (and tender) as the hard-drinking Doc Holliday, and Linda Darnell as Doc’s fiery girlfriend, Chihuahua is lively and beautiful. Other impressive performances are had from Tim Holt, Ward Bond, John Ireland, Alan Mowbray, Jane Darwell, Cathy Downs, and a very menacing Walter Brennen as Old Man Clanton. If you love westerns, Clementine has to be in your top-ten.
|Olivia de Havilland, David and Alan Ladd|
|The iconic scene that made half|
of the crew walk off the set
My knowledge of silent films is pretty thin, so the next movie I saw was Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928). Apparently the film was a flop in its day, but it was a hit with this 21st-century audience. Another world premiere restoration, Bill looked new. Featuring some of Keaton’s most famous slapstick bits, including the wall of a house falling down on him, with an open window right where he’s standing is pretty amazing and was enormously risky. Apparently half the crew walked off the set in protest over what they thought was unnecessary risk-taking. The TCM Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis accompanied the film. Steamboat Bill, Jr. is a real gem and worth seeing, even if you’re not a silent movie fan.
|Roman Holiday publicity picture|
Whew! I can’t believe I saw four movies in one day. Little did I know I would break that record on Saturday. Stay tuned!
P.S. On the second day I also got to share my love of movies via video thanks to the folks at #IHeartMovies. To check out my story, click on the link here.