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    This Wednesday, September 27, is the last installment of Ben Mankiewicz's historic visit to residents of the Motion Picture and Television Fund home.

     

    From the TCM website spotlight:

     

    "Since its dedication in 1942, the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital has been home to hundreds of residents who once worked in the movie and TV industry. Scores of movie notables, along with extras, backlot workers, security guards, secretaries, and others, have live in comfortable retirement at the facility on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. TCM celebrates the legacy of the Motion Picture & Television Fund with a series of films co-hosted by residents of the retirement home.

     

    Film extra Judy Woodbury co-presents My Fair Lady (1964), one of countless films in which she appeared. Character actress Connie Sawyer, who claims to be the oldest living member of the Screen Actors Guild as she approaches 105, helps introduce A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra. Sawyer has a small but scene-stealing part in that film as an intoxicated hotel guest. ""On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (1970), starring Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, and Jack Nickolson, is co-hosted by Burt Bluestein, who served as the movie's second assistant director.

     

    Film researcher Lillian Michelson co-presents Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015), Daniel Raim's documentary about the life and work of Lillian and her late production-designer husband, Harold. The couple left their mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick and many others. Celebrated director Mark Rydell speaks about his film Cinderella Liberty (1973), starring James Caan. Rydell's other credits include 1979's The Rose and 1981's On Golden Pond.

     

    Other films in the tribute include Little Annie Rooney (1925), Heidi (1937), Sealed Cargo (1951), McQ (1974), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Showfolk (TCM Premiere, 2014)."

     

    Don't miss this last installment!

     

    Coming up in October: Illeana Douglas hosts Trailblazing Women, the third year of programming on TCM highlighting women filmmakers.

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    Happy Birthday to actress Anna Karina!

     

    Today is the birthday of Danish/French actress Anna Karina. I was so inspired by Anna Karina at the #TCMFF 2016. I had a few minutes to visit with her before a limo whisked her across the street to the Chinese Multiplex on Saturday night where she introduced “Band of Outsiders” (1964’s “Band a’ Part”). She has such peaceful but exotic eyes which revealed such compassion. (This was a popular photo I Tweeted and posted as Credentialed Media.) We were so lucky to have her as a special guest in 2016.

     

    Karina was director Jean-Luc Godard’s muse during the New Wave movement, and appeared in several of his films.

     

    If you would enjoy seeing esteemed entertainment professionals like the wonderful Anna Karina, you might want to reserve a pass for the TCM Film Festival 2018 in November! :-)

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    It won't be long until we will be purchasing our passes for the TCM Film Festival 2018. This is Aileen, a TCM fan from Tampa, Florida, whom I'd met on the Wednesday afternoon get together before last year's festival. She says she ALWAYS reads Sue Sue's columns! We're hanging out at the Hollywood Roosevelt Pool Bar, and as Jane Austen would write, "There are lots of friends to be met!"

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    Backdrop for the excitement in Club TCM featuring highlighted character from films screened in 2018....

     

    This year's theme is Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen- Writing focuses visions, reflects our feelings and inspires great performances on both sides of the camera. Join us for the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival, celebrating the representation of the written word on the silver screen. From original screenplays to unique adaptations to portrayals of writers real and imagined, we will celebrate the foundation of great film: the written word.

    I don't know if we'd see any adaptations of Jane Austen's works, but we definitely will see powerful screenplays. And maybe some screenwriters, too! :-)

     

     

    Thousands of films have been adapted from popular books. Have a favorite film from an author you enjoy? Some items on my bucket list for 2018:

     

    Night of the Iguana, Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate WInslet, Othello with Lawrence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh, Young Bess, Julia with Jane Fonda, Tennessee Williams, at least one Biblical epic, Blade Runner, Private Benjamin with Goldie Hawn, All About Eve (again), A Letter To Three Wives (well, powerful words as a theme is no good without at least one Joseph Mankiewicz script!) Fahrenheit 451 (Julie Christie), HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON!

     

    Some friends from previous festivals:

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    David and Scott...

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    Shawn....

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    TCM Backlot Guest Programmer Julia Ricci and Dallas PR gal Kelly Kitchens Wickersham in 2017...

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    TCM Gal-on-the-Go, Kristen Welch....

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    Miss Kaci...

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    Pass holders in line...patient and sociable!

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    ​Dinner at Miceli's! Pass holders take over Italian restaurant! All Singing! All Talking! All Laughing!

     

     

    ​Let us know what you want to see! :-)

     

    ​Hurricane Harvey kept me busy! Glad to be back....

     

    ​Oh. I'd also love to see Dear Ruth with William Holden and Joan Caulfield...

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  4. UPDATE: "POWERFUL WORDS"

     

    TCM ANNOUNCES DATES FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Country: United States, Brand: TCM | Properties: TCM Classic Film Festival

    TCM sets April 26 - 29, 2018 for ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood

     

    Festival to explore "Powerful Words: The Page On-screen"

     

    TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz, Saturday Daytime Host Tiffany Vazquez, VIP guests and classic movie fans from around the globe will gather for the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

     

    Many of the festival's panels, screenings, and events will revolve around the Festival's theme, Powerful Words:

  5. Just want to let everyone know that I am ok. I appreciate all the texts, calls and emails. (I am about a 25-minute drive from downtown Houston.)

     

    I deeply appreciate all the concern. Please pray for all the folks who have lost their homes, and have had their lives devastated by this storm.

     

    Sincerely,

    Christy

    "Sue Sue"

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  6. RICARDO CORTEZ BIOGRAPHER DAN VAN NESTE TO VISIT THE SILVER SCREEN OASIS THIS WEEKEND...

     

    AUTHOR DAN VAN NESTE TO VISIT THE SILVER SCREEN OASIS FOR Q & A ON RICARDO CORTEZ

    The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to announce an online visit by Dan Van Neste on August 26th & 27th to discuss his latest book, THE MAGNIFICENT HEEL: THE LIFE & FILMS OF RICARDO CORTEZ.

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    Well-researched and revelatory, that author has brought a very private individual and versatile actor out of the shadows. Van Neste's portrait of Ricardo Cortez has been greeted with appreciative reviews such as one noting that this "is a book based on many years of dedicated research in which Van Neste contacted not only the last surviving relative of the actor but also diligently explored newspaper and entertainment archives to provide as comprehensive a picture of this neglected actor."

     

    "His Face Is His Misfortune" wailed a headline in a 1929 copy of Picture-Play magazine about the darkly handsome Ricardo Cortez. "A second-rate Valentino" was one of the labels pasted on the actor and "a magnificent heel" was the take of one perceptive reviewer in 1934, when Cortez began the phase of his career as an elegant heavy. Washed up, limited, and stereotyped as he was so often told during his bits, supporting roles and leading man periods of his career from Silents to the Sixties, Jacob Krantz aka Ricardo Cortez proved himself repeatedly to be more versatile and highly capable of negotiating the changing demands of a career in Hollywood. First chosen as one of a squad of actors with Mediterranean names in competition with Valentino, (his screen name was chosen by Jesse Lasky & his secretary), and blooming into a dangerous character in the Pre-Code era, Cortez's career was remarkable for its longevity and for his relative obscurity today...

     

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    In his new book, "The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez" (BearManor Media), author Dan Van Neste weaves the story of this individual into a highly enjoyable read that limns a life and a period we may never see again. Remarkably, the author does this at a time when almost all who knew Cortez are gone, but his impeccable research and keen eye for a telling anecdote brings the life and times of a relatively forgotten professional actor into high relief.

     

    The rich tale of Cortez harks back to a time when he co-starred with Garbo, Stanwyck, Mary Astor, Kay Francis, and Irene Dunne, among many others. His directors included such masters as D.W. Griffith, Frank Capra, Gregory La Cava, and John Ford, all of whom were generally acknowledged as astute individuals when casting their films. Dan's latest book has been described by Film International as "a significant achievement. . . " and a book that fills "a void in film history" by Silents Are Golden.

     

    Dan Van Neste, the author of over 50 articles related to film history featuring figures from Aline MacMahon to Zachary Scott, published in the pages of Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. He is also the author of The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows, a comprehensive account of the noir series, that features Dan's extensive accounts of each film in the series as well as biographies of the filmmakers.

     

    Please accept this as your invitation to join us in this online event on August 26th & 27th at The Silver Screen Oasis where you can ask the author questions directly (simple registration is all that is required to post a query or comment).

     

    The links below will lead you to the site, as well as to Dan Van Neste's website and places to purchase his books:

    The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors' Index:

    http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69

    Dan Van Neste's Website:

    http://www.danvanneste.com/

    Where to Purchase The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez:? See below:

    https://tinyurl.com/yc7yqamh

     

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    TCMFF 2018 UPDATES MAY BE COMING THIS WEEK! Be on alert if you wish to make hotel reservations.

  7. AUTHOR DAN VAN NESTE TO VISIT THE SILVER SCREEN OASIS FOR Q & A ON RICARDO CORTEZ

    The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to announce an online visit by Dan Van Neste on August 26th & 27th to discuss his latest book, THE MAGNIFICENT HEEL: THE LIFE & FILMS OF RICARDO CORTEZ.

    9enCLiM.jpg

    Well-researched and revelatory, that author has brought a very private individual and versatile actor out of the shadows. Van Neste's portrait of Ricardo Cortez has been greeted with appreciative reviews such as one noting that this "is a book based on many years of dedicated research in which Van Neste contacted not only the last surviving relative of the actor but also diligently explored newspaper and entertainment archives to provide as comprehensive a picture of this neglected actor."

     

    "His Face Is His Misfortune" wailed a headline in a 1929 copy of Picture-Play magazine about the darkly handsome Ricardo Cortez. "A second-rate Valentino" was one of the labels pasted on the actor and "a magnificent heel" was the take of one perceptive reviewer in 1934, when Cortez began the phase of his career as an elegant heavy. Washed up, limited, and stereotyped as he was so often told during his bits, supporting roles and leading man periods of his career from Silents to the Sixties, Jacob Krantz aka Ricardo Cortez proved himself repeatedly to be more versatile and highly capable of negotiating the changing demands of a career in Hollywood. First chosen as one of a squad of actors with Mediterranean names in competition with Valentino, (his screen name was chosen by Jesse Lasky & his secretary), and blooming into a dangerous character in the Pre-Code era, Cortez's career was remarkable for its longevity and for his relative obscurity today...

     

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    In his new book, "The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez" (BearManor Media), author Dan Van Neste weaves the story of this individual into a highly enjoyable read that limns a life and a period we may never see again. Remarkably, the author does this at a time when almost all who knew Cortez are gone, but his impeccable research and keen eye for a telling anecdote brings the life and times of a relatively forgotten professional actor into high relief.

     

    The rich tale of Cortez harks back to a time when he co-starred with Garbo, Stanwyck, Mary Astor, Kay Francis, and Irene Dunne, among many others. His directors included such masters as D.W. Griffith, Frank Capra, Gregory La Cava, and John Ford, all of whom were generally acknowledged as astute individuals when casting their films. Dan's latest book has been described by Film International as "a significant achievement. . . " and a book that fills "a void in film history" by Silents Are Golden.

     

    Dan Van Neste, the author of over 50 articles related to film history featuring figures from Aline MacMahon to Zachary Scott, published in the pages of Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. He is also the author of The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows, a comprehensive account of the noir series, that features Dan's extensive accounts of each film in the series as well as biographies of the filmmakers.

     

    Please accept this as your invitation to join us in this online event on August 26th & 27th at The Silver Screen Oasis where you can ask the author questions directly (simple registration is all that is required to post a query or comment).

     

    The links below will lead you to the site, as well as to Dan Van Neste's website and places to purchase his books:

    The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors' Index:

    http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69

    Dan Van Neste's Website:

    http://www.danvanneste.com/

    Where to Purchase The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez:? See below:

    https://tinyurl.com/yc7yqamh

     

    TCMFF 2018 UPDATES MAY BE COMING THIS WEEK! Be on alert if you wish to make hotel reservations.

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    Rod Taylor's long anticipated Summer Under The Stars is currently underway. Up next?

    1960's "The Time Machine!" The film that launched him into the future and helped to secure his stardom.

     

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    TCMFF UPDATE: Be on alert! Last year's announcement came on Thursday, August 25.....

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  9. William Friedkin's appearance on last weeks' The Essentials reveals how he admires many classic films. I enjoy hearing about his interpretations of the importance of "The Quiet Man," and Alec Baldwin's reverence and deference to Friedkin's opinions gave the director the opportunity to share his emotional connections to John Ford's "greatest film."

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    Friedkin returns to The Essentials again this Saturday with his comments to Alec for "The Manchurian Candidate." Enjoy Angela Lansbury's Word of Mouth segment about working with Laurence Harvey if you can catch it. These wonderful comments from the actors, directors, and entertainment industry professionals on the TCM Word of Mouth segments enhances viewer enjoyment of upcoming film screenings, and I enjoy when they are added to the schedule before a relevant movie showing.

     

    Be on alert, potential TCMFF 2018 pass holders! It won't be long before an announcement about the fest dates! Last year, we were informed on August 25. See you soon!

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    It's about that time of year to begin commiserating over the dates of the Turner Classic Film Festival for 2018. When will it happen ? In April? In March? In May?

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    When will the announcement about the exact dates be made?

     

    Right now the odds seem to be on April 26-29 because those are dates "unavailable" for reservations on the HRH website, but we can't make reservations yet because no official announcement has been made.

     

    Remember that last year, if pass holders were making a reservation at the Hollywood Roosevelt, they had to pay for at least one night of their stay the moment their reservation was made. (Some pass holders were required to pay for the first and last night of their stay.)

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    Stay tuned and be vigilant!  :-)

     

     

     

    In other festival news, Richard Dreyfuss appears at the Plaza Classic this weekend in El Paso: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1339915&name=Richard-Dreyfuss-Scheduled-for-Plaza-Classic-Film-Festival-in-El-Paso

     

    Also, its National Book Lovers' Day. Check out these new titles if you haven't already: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news-new-books.html

     

    And Lynn Zook's in depth Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip, 1930-1955, about the early years of Las Vegas: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAYJVSS/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=77653020351494&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_6gjl6a7g02_e

     

    Plus the new book about Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski: https://www.amazon.com/Ava-Gardner-Movies-Kendra-Bean-ebook/dp/B01HZFB0VK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1502302709&sr=1-1&keywords=ava+gardner+a+life+in+movies

     

    (The Silver Screen Oasis Q & A with these authors is here : http://www.silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=6998 )

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  11. Jennifer, thanks for sharing this notice. Since many TCM Backlot members also attend the Turner Classic Film Festival, I think it's wonderful you are starting your local chapter. I've met hundreds of TCMFF pass holders from the Bay Area, and I hope your membership blossoms quickly!

     

    I enjoy all the perks, news, events and video links available to TCM Backlot members.

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  12. In Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski's new take on the life of movie icon, "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies" (Running Press), the co-authors shift the focus from the publicity writers' descriptions of her as"the world's most beautiful animal" to her real life as a person who was an imperfect but vibrant human being and working actress. If you would like to learn more about Ava Gardner, the individual, please join us at The Silver Screen Oasis on Sat., July 29th & Sun., July 30th for an online Q & A about the actress' life and career.

     

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    She was an astonishing beauty when young (and a more interesting one when older). as well as a movie star, and a wife to three dynamic but rather wearying men. As Anthony Usarowksi explains, beyond all that, Ava Gardner “was a real person, and she was an actor as well. There is a legacy there that needs to be looked at. It’s not just image.” The pair have fashioned a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Gardner's humor, friendships, and vulnerability as well as making a thoughtful inquiry into the contrast between how a woman looks and how she feels in society.

     

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    Described by critics as "a compelling, photograph-rich portrait of a complex, talented actress," the book can be found at the links below, as can a link to the Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Index where you are welcome to post a question (simple registration is required to post queries). All are invited on July 29 & 30. :Please join us in this celebration of all things Ava!

     

    To Purchase a Copy of "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies":

    https://tinyurl.com/ybjf6as6

     

    The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Series:

    http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69

     

    The Authors:

     

    Kendra Bean, who visited the Silver Screen Oasis in 2013 to discuss her book, "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," is a historian and curator. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers' Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London.

     

    Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library.

     

    A podcast with the authors can be heard here:

    http://ticklishbusiness.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-6-interview-with-authors-kendra-bean-and-anthony-uzarowski/

  13. In Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski's new take on the life of movie icon, "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies" (Running Press), the co-authors shift the focus from the publicity writers' descriptions of her as"the world's most beautiful animal" to her real life as a person who was an imperfect but vibrant human being and working actress. If you would like to learn more about Ava Gardner, the individual, please join us at The Silver Screen Oasis on Sat., July 29th & Sun., July 30th for an online Q & A about the actress' life and career.

     

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    She was an astonishing beauty when young (and a more interesting one when older). as well as a movie star, and a wife to three dynamic but rather wearying men. As Anthony Usarowksi explains, beyond all that, Ava Gardner “was a real person, and she was an actor as well. There is a legacy there that needs to be looked at. It’s not just image.” The pair have fashioned a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Gardner's humor, friendships, and vulnerability as well as making a thoughtful inquiry into the contrast between how a woman looks and how she feels in society.

     

    Lkh3MuE.jpg

     

    Described by critics as "a compelling, photograph-rich portrait of a complex, talented actress," the book can be found at the links below, as can a link to the Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Index where you are welcome to post a question (simple registration is required to post queries). All are invited on July 29 & 30. :Please join us in this celebration of all things Ava!

     

    To Purchase a Copy of "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies":

    https://tinyurl.com/ybjf6as6

     

    The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Series:

    http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69

     

    The Authors:

     

    Kendra Bean, who visited the Silver Screen Oasis in 2013 to discuss her book, "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," is a historian and curator. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers' Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London.

     

    Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library.

     

    A podcast with the authors can be heard here:

    http://ticklishbusiness.podbean.com/e/bonus-episode-6-interview-with-authors-kendra-bean-and-anthony-uzarowski/

     

    Thanks to Moira for compiling this announcement for Sue Sue!

  14. Some ideas I've had include:

     

    "Same Time Next Year": possible guests-Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda (I recommend Burstyn's emotional and in-depth autobiography.)

     

    1958's "Teacher's Pet"

    1948's "Sitting Pretty"

    1938's "Holiday," and a few animated features: "Merbabies", "Krazy Kat"

     

    (But I haven't checked previous screenings.)

     

    FYI: "Grease," "Superman," and "Animal House" were the top 3 grossing films of 1978.

     

    Other notable films from 1978 include "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "An Unmarried Woman," "Heaven Can Wait," "Autumn Sonata," "Death On The Nile," "Coming Home," "The Stud," "Coma," and "The Boys In Company C."

     

    I think that later films from the 70s are more likely to be considered for opening night films so that actual actors or directors of those films can be present for the screening on Thursday.

     

     

    There are many great films I'm considering from the classic decades of American and foreign film.

    But I'm still thinking. Any other ideas?

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