George Sidney's film adaptation of the Broadway hit KISS ME KATE is often cited as one of the best 3-D films of the 1950s, in addition to being one of the great Golden Age MGM musicals. It's paired with the Rita Hayworth starrer MISS SADIE THOMPSON, in which she plays a hard-luck dame stranded on the isle of Samoa who befriends neighboring soldiers but makes an enemy of lay minister Jose Ferrer, who takes it upon himself to make her life a living hell until he can get her deported back to the States.
The last of the classic Universal movie monsters, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON was one of the studio’s first 3-D features, and remains among the most memorable horror films of the 1950s. Program begins with The Three Stooges short “Spooks!” (1953, 16 min. Dir. Jules White).
Yes, even Alfred Hitchcock tried his hand at 3-D during the glory days of the format - DIAL M FOR MURDER, starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland, masterfully adapts Frederick Knott’s hit stage play to the big screen, where it was originally presented in 3-D. It's paired with the 1953 film noir INFERNO, perhaps the best 3-D movie of the original Hollywood stereo-optic craze!
Psychosexual therapist Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer came to national attention in the early 1980s with her live radio program, “Sexually Speaking,” and later went on to have her own TV program. She is the author of 37 books, the latest of which is The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life and Joie de Vivre. Join us for an evening with America’s best-loved therapist as Dr. Ruth shares personal stories and insights into matters of the heart and living life to the fullest. Tickets only available at www.livetalksla.org.
GRIT AND WHIMSY VI: THE BEST OF RECENT BELGIAN CINEMA
The latest installment of our Recent Belgian Cinema series is HALFWAY, in which a recently divorced man moves into a luxury house only to find the previous owner still there; stick around after the film and discuss the new supernatural dramedy over a tasty Belgian beer.
THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT: RARE FRENCH FILM NOIR, 1948-1963
A series celebrating some of France's rarer contributions to the film noir canon begins with this Brigitte Bardot double bill. In THE TRUTH, she tops her amazing work with Godard and Vadim as a free spirit on trial for the murder of her musician lover. In LOVE IS MY PROFESSION, her sex kitten image serves as a cautionary tale in the story of a prostitute who drives her admirers to dark deeds.