Tag Archives: 1950s

Horror, Scary, Frightening movies

So we’re off on the road of horror, scary, frightening movies.  We’ll watch films like The Wolfman, Alien and the Haunting but one we won’t be watching but I highly recommend is Cult of The Cobra.  I like the alliteration … Continue reading

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All About Eve

On Wednesday, Jan 25 at the Palm Theatre, we’ll kick off a short 4 film series highlighting Daryl Zanuck’s accomplishments as a producer.  Wednesday’s film will be “All About Eve”, directed by Joseph Mankiewicz (Ben’s uncle), starring Betty Davis, Ann … Continue reading

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Rififi inspired by Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle instigated the crime thriller subgenre of caper films. The 1955 French film Rififi, which critics such as Leonard Maltin have labeled as the best heist film ever, drew much inspiration from The Asphalt Jungle.

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Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening – Frank Capra, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman

As many of you know, I’ve been reading Capra’s autobiography “The Name Above the Title”.  I’m more convinced than ever, he is the greatest director of all time and I might conceive of a film series dedicated to his film … Continue reading

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RIP Theodore Bikel

Because I’m a musician, not an actor, I’ve always thought of Bikel as a folk singer.  And indeed he was one but acting was his first love. Bikel’s breakthrough stage role in London was in the 1949 production of “A … Continue reading

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Thank you to everyone who attended a film this year at the Palm Theatre in SLO

And especially to you, who subscribed to one of the film appreciation series Toni and I put on during 2014.  First there was the Coming to America series which began last January with films about the people who made the … Continue reading

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French New Wave

As the series comes to the end of the 1950s, we are looking into the beginning of the French New Wave film making. The New Wave (French: La Nouvelle Vague) is a blanket term coined by critics for a group … Continue reading

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