This Week in Film–Sweet Smell of Success and The Thin Man

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Uncategorized
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.

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