Classic Film Series at Lighthouse Cinemas
- When: Friday, April 9, 2010, time TBA
- Where: Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
This is it. The final month of this four-month revival of perennial favorite films is here. It's been an unassailable series of some of the best films ever made, projected large on the big screen as well as American culture. Without further adoo: April 1-2 you can catch To Catch a Thief, a 1955 Hitchcock romantic thriller starring the debonaire Cary Grant as a reformed cat burglar living in the French Riviera who's suspected by the police of going crooked again. To prove his innocence, he enlists the aid of a rich socialite played by Grace Kelly (who wouldn't?), who's charmed by the danger that Grant exudes, as well as his accent. Romance, robberies and rogue behavior. April 8-9 finds lions and tigers and bears, oh my...Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland's voice never sounded so bell-clear and color never seemed so vibrant. Literally. Its famous use of Technicolor helped sell the rest of Hollywood on the idea. April 15-16 they screen Citizen Kane, arguably the crowning achievment of the whole film series (American Film Institute thinks so, naming it the best film of all time), Orson Welles could never top this thinly veiled story of a newspaper tycoon's lust for power. But he didn't have to, now did he? April 22-23 settles down for some Pillow Talk, a 1959 romantic comedy starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall. Haven't seen this one, actually. Is it any good? Of course it is, or else it wouldn't be in this series. The whole shebang closes with Hitchcock's The Birds on April 29-30, which calmly shames today's "horror" movies with its slow, ominous tone, frenzied climax and masterly direction. Now that was entertainment. [WR]
Between 8 and 9pm Thu; between noon and 1pm Fri. . Lighthouse Cinemas, 525 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove. $9/general after 6pm; $6.50/senior, military and matinees. 641-0747, 643-1333.