Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Saturday Film Forum Returns!

Yes, it is official! As some of you may (or may not) know, our director, Ron Hayden, retired after over 20 years at the helm of HBPL. We now have a new leader! Welcome Stephanie Beverage as the new director of our library. Welcome, because just today she gave the go-ahead for the Saturday Film Forum! This time I will take you to the seedy, noir and animated world of detectives! The official title: On the QT and Very Hush-Hush: Watching the Detectives.

Here are the films and the dates:
February 28th - The Maltese Falcon: After the murder of his business partner, private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette, the jeweled Falcon of Malta.

March 28th - L.A. Confidential: 1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Based on James Ellroy’s crime novel, the film follows three detectives that try to find the truth; each in their own way.

April 18thChinatown: In 1930 Los Angeles, private eye "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson), at the request of a beautiful bombshell (Faye Dunaway), becomes entangled in a scandal of greed, depravity, and corruption surrounding L.A.’s water supply.

May 16th - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? : Roger, an animated rabbit with big feet, long ears and a polka-dot tie, enlists the help of a second-rate gumshoe in an adventure that has murder, mayhem, and lots of fun! Roger thinks his wife is two-timing him, but he uncovers something much more menacing in this 1940s Hollywood adventure.

I had wanted to screen Blade Runner as the fourth film, but alas! I was unable to get the screening rights so, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? it is!! Not that I am disappointed! If you haven’t seen Roger Rabbit or if you haven’t seen it for awhile, it is a mix of animation and live action and a Zemeckis tour-de force!
All screenings will be at 2p, on Saturdays, in the Library Theater and, of course, are FREE!
I hope to see you and “as many of your adult friends that you can drag along” there!

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