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Calendar of Events

Events for June

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Thursday, June 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Program 1 | Portrait of Jennie

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show Portrait of Jennie would be the last film made by legendary producer David O. Selznick in Hollywood. Selznick, a romantic by nature, was drawn to the story of an uninspired artist finding his muse in the guise of a young girl he meets in Central Park. The film is sensitively directed, and the actors give wonderfully restrained performances.

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Friday, June 3, 2022, 10 a.m.

Program 2 | Nitrate Shorts

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show This 80-minute program of short nitrate films includes Movietone’s Feminine World / Behind the Footlights (Vyvyan Donner, US 1946), Rainbow Dance (Len Lye, UK 1936) & Musical Poster No. 1 (Len Lye, UK 1940), trailers for five Technicolor features (US 1937–43), and Gone With the Wind screen tests.

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Friday, June 3, 2022, 3 p.m.

Program 3 | Schlussakkord

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show It is unlikely we will be screening any of Douglas Sirk’s signature Technicolor melodramas at the Nitrate Picture Show, as all of them were made during the safety film era. But we are lucky to have a projectable nitrate print of not just an early film by Sirk (credited under his birth name, Detlef Sierck) but one that was seminal in the career of this highly acclaimed director.

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Friday, June 3, 2022, 7 p.m.

Program 4 | Meshi

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show Mikio Naruse’s Repast and Yasujiro Ozu’s Early Summer swept Japan’s film competitions in 1951, splitting awards for best film, director, actress, and supporting actress. Although Naruse is less familiar outside Japan, he is also highly regarded as a major director of contemporary drama films.

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Friday, June 3, 2022, 9:30 p.m.

Program 5 | Rope

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show In 1947, finally free from producer David O. Selznick’s interference, Alfred Hitchcock was determined that his next picture be produced by his own Transatlantic Pictures Corp. The company’s inaugural production, Rope, would be an adaptation of a 1929 stage play inspired by infamous thrill-killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

Program 6 | Die Freudlose Gasse

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show A landmark in the history of German cinema, The Joyless Street marked a turning point from Expressionism to New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit). The film also marked the beginning of Greta Garbo’s international career, and being her only work in Germany, partnered her for the first and last time with such legendary performers as Asta Nielsen, Werner Krauss, and Valeska Gert.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022, 1 p.m.

Program 7 | Cluny Brown

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show Cluny Brown turned out to be Ernst Lubitsch’s last completed film. It was received warmly and considered delightful entertainment, yet the critics didn’t exactly know where to place it. The more time passes, the more it is regarded as one of Lubitsch’s most sophisticated works, a social metaphor, perhaps even an autobiographical statement.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

Program 8 | Western Approaches

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show Filming Western Approaches with the huge three-strip Technicolor camera on board a flimsy lifeboat out in the Atlantic swell must have seemed a reckless enterprise, but director Pat Jackson wanted the audience to experience an authentic depiction of those risking their lives to bring vital supplies across the ocean during the Second World War. In pursuit of this ideal, he employed a cast entirely of serving officers and seamen, many of them veterans of Atlantic convoys, and for the most part he kept well away from the film studio.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022, 8 p.m.

Program 9 | Trail of the Hawk

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show Here is one of the oddest movie mashups you’ll ever see: a 1950 re-release of Trail of the Hawk (1935), a B western that was Edward Dmytryk’s first directorial effort. This 1950 version cut in new scenes and musical performances starring Ramblin’ Tommy Scott, a country-western singer-songwriter/ventriloquist, and his traveling medicine show band that included his wife and daughter.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022, 10 a.m.

Program 10 | The Unholy Three

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show “Lon Chaney talks!” declared Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s press release. The chance for audiences to hear one of the studio’s biggest stars speak was reason enough to remake one of Chaney's biggest silents, Tod Browning’s 1925 wild carny crime thriller, The Unholy Three.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

Program 11 | Le Jour se lève

Dryden Theatre

Nitrate Picture Show With Le Jour se lève, director Marcel Carné lowered the curtain on the golden age of French cinema. Released three months before the Nazi invasion of Poland, and one year before the fall of France, this tightly wound, suspenseful tragedy mirrored the encroaching dread of an entire nation.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Romance

Dryden Theatre

Brown/ Garbo On New Year’s Eve, Harry (Elliott Nugent) tells his grandfather (Gavin Gordon), a bishop, that he intends to marry an actress, even though it is frowned upon in his social class. Romance was nominated for two Academy Awards—one for Garbo’s performance and the other for Clarence Brown’s directing.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Member Movie Night | Anna Karenina

Dryden Theatre

Member Movie Night | Brown/Garbo Anna Karenina (Greta Garbo) is the wife of Czarist official Karenin (Basil Rathbone) in nineteenth-century Russia. While she attempts to dissuade her brother Stiva (Reginald Owen) from a life of debauchery, she becomes infatuated with an officer in the military, Count Vronsky (Fredric March).

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Thursday, June 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Conquest

Dryden Theatre

Brown/ Garbo Napoleon Bonaparte (Charles Boyer) unsuccessfully attempts to seduce Countess Marie Walewska (Greta Garbo), who is married to a much older man (Henry Stephenson). After some time, and only after learning it will save Poland, Walewska reluctantly accepts Napoleon’s offer.

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