Archive for September, 2010

Contest! Find the Falcon!

Posted: September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

September 28 "They think this is old?"

The Falcon knows a thing or two about old stuff. Maybe around here, 1753 is old. The Falcon goes back maybe two hundred years earlier. (And is bejeweled!)

As always, remember to submit your guesses for the Falcon’s locations by using the “Contact Us” form on the left hand side of the page. Include the date and the title of the photo shown in the caption.

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Contest! Find the Falcon!

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

September 27 "Play it again, Sam."

Play it again, Sam! This one is just too droll to resist. So I apologize. But sooner or later, everyone in town checks in here. Or sometimes it seems that way!

As always, remember to submit your guesses for the Falcon’s locations by using the “Contact Us” form on the left hand side of the page. Include the date and the title of the photo shown in the caption.

Two films are in the news at On The Same Page this week.
The Monday evening Film Noir series at Central Library continues with Sweet Smell of Success.
Monday, September 27th, 7:00 pm
Central Library Auditorium
Sweet Smell of Success

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Tim Dirks at AMC’s Filmsite introduces Sweet Smell of Success (1957) as “an acerbic, dynamic and intense film that exposes the diseased under-side of New York City’s glamorous night life, revealing brutality, capriciousness, greed, evil, psychological violence, corrupt American ambition, betrayal and cynicism. The taut, little-seen, menacing, late film noir classic is the first American film of Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick, better known for Ealing Studios light comedies such as Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955).”

Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis star in the film directed by Alexander McKendrick, based on a novella by Ernest Lehman.

Charles Strum talks about Sweet Smell of Success as a movie about New York City in a 2002 article in the New York Times. Director Alexander McKendrick talked about Clifford Odets’ screenplay in his book On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director (2004). An extract from the book was featured at FilmInFocus in 2008.

As with all events in our Film Noir series, we will be doing a drawing for a paperback of the book the movie is based on. For more information please call (336) 703-3020 or visit the Forsyth County Public Library

The Thin Man Screens at a/perture Cinema with Special Guest Dale Pollock

The Thin Man courtesy Wikipedia

Tuesday, September 28th
a/perture Cinema
3:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. To check ticket availability, please call 336-703-3018 or email skinneej@forsythlibrary.org . Tickets are held at the box office the day of the showing.

River Run Film Festival is sponsoring, and Winston-Salem’s downtown a/perture Cinema is graciously sharing their amazing facility, with On The Same Page this season for screening of two Hammett-based classics. The first of the two is coming up this Tuesday, September 28th, The Thin Man (1934). The Thin Man was Dashiell Hammett’s last published novel, and while there were no written sequels, the Thin Man movies developed further over six films between 1934 and 1947.

For our evening showing at 8:00 pm, special guest Dale Pollock, Professor of Cinema Studies and Professor of Producing at UNCSA, will be introducing and discussing The Thin Man. You’ll know Dale as the film critic/reviewer for WXII-TV and he blogs his insights on at movie a day on his webpage.

Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and Maureen O’Sullivan. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. “The film’s mystery story takes a back seat to the romantic screwball comedy, featuring the splendid, snappy banter between the rich, carefree married couple. They are known for sleuthing, solving murders, wisecracking one-liners, affectionate witticisms, delightful teasing and one-upmanship, alcoholic fun with plenty of martinis, a wire-haired terrier named Asta (actually named Skippy), and a loving relationship – often punctuated with quick kisses and slight hiccups” Tim Dirks, AMC Filmsite.

If you love The Thin Man…
Cropped screenshot of William Powell and Myrna...

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After The Thin Man, the 1936 sequel, is showing on October 11th at Southside Library, immediately after Southside’s Book Club’s discussion of The Maltese Falcon. The movie will start at 7:30 pm. Please feel free to come for both the book discussion together with the movie, or the movie alone. For more information, please call 336-703-2985.

Contest! Find the Falcon!

Posted: September 25, 2010 in Uncategorized
I have been thinking about what to give away for the contest prize…

September 25 Maybe Catch a Bite

And later this coming week we’ll be letting you know what the prize is for the winning entry. Remember, we’ll be doing a drawing for a prize from all the correct entries submitted at the end of On The Same Page’s season. (And no, no one will be going to Disney World.)

The Maltese Falcon has been catching up on his rounds in the community, so today, we have two locations for you to guess.

As always, remember to submit your guesses for the Falcon’s locations by using the “Contact Us” form on the left hand side of the page. Include the date and the title of the photo shown in the caption.

First Photo, above–Where does a raptor go to meet and greet his peers among the locals, and maybe catch a bite to eat?

September 25 #2 A Movie Prop

Second photo, right–OK, so the Falcon is a replica of a movie prop. So there are certainly  some places in town where that’s appreciated.

Image courtesy HauntingVisionsStock via Creative Commons

Chapters Three and Four

…have been added to Winston-Salem Writers’ serial mystery with a local twist–and flavor. Get caught up in the next two installments of Cheerwine is Fine. You’ll get a clue where the title came from this time.

“We stopped at a restaurant in Geary Street, I think it was, for supper and to dance, and came back to the hotel at about half-past twelve.” ~Brigid to Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon, Chapter Four

Flappers, Gangsters, Speakeasies and Swing Dancing!

Swing the Night Away!

Saturday, October 2nd, 7:30-10:00 pm
Central Library

Come celebrate the era of The Maltese Falcon at the Central Library–a rip roaring party–20s style. We’re going to have over two hours of fun, music, and dancing. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes because The Piedmont Swing Dance Society is even offering FREE swing dance lessons from 7:30-8:15.

Piedmont Swing Dance Society

Love that retro couture? Dress in 20s or 30s costume and enter our costume contest to win some fabulous prizes. Retro costumes are completely optional, of course, but it’s so much fun! So if your fedora and spats are fresh, or your tresses are freshly bobbed and ready to shimmy, please, come in costume!

The doors open at 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 2nd and the fun lasts until 10 PM; so bring all of your friends down to party 1920s style at the Central Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library and On The Same Page.

An evening on the town

Lindy Hop…Black Bottom…Balboa…Charleston…Jive!

Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint, Saturday ev...

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Here’s a fun web resource about the history of the Lindy Hop.

Love historical costume? Want to learn more about fashions from the 1920s and 1930s? Visit Fashion-Era.

Sunday, September26th, 2:00 pm
Central Library Auditorium

1923 Anticipating their new R. J. Reynolds High School

The Jazz Age

Sam Spade’s turf in The Maltese Falcon is the urban terrain of San Francisco circa 1928. On this side of the continent, what was our city like during that famously roaring time known as “the Jazz Age?”  By most accounts it was a swinging time for Winston-Salem, economically and socially. The tobacco and textile industries were the engines that ran the city’s impressive growth. In 1920 a newspaper columnist wrote, “Investors are swarming into the city like bees….they know something good when they see it and Winston-Salem is on the way up.” The 1920 Census bore out the optimism showing that the city’s population had doubled since 1910 and that Winston-Salem was now the largest city in North Carolina.

Mary Katharine Smith Reynolds

On Sunday at 2:00 PM staff from the North Carolina Room at Forsyth County Public Library will look more closely at Winston-Salem in the Jazz Age. Highlighting the discussion will be the premiere of a short film full of original images highlighting sights of the city.