Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival

The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival is back, starting next Sunday, January 27, 2019.

The 11th series of classic films returns to the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second Street, on three successive Sundays. This winter series features “Classic Films of Lauren Bacall” from the Golden Age of Hollywood movies.

Lauren Bacall received an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” She was a star in Hollywood known for her distinctive voice and her sultry looks. Starting off in a modeling career, she was “discovered” by Hollywood producer-director Howard Hawks. She landed her very first leading lady role at the young age of 19, starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in the classic film To Have and Have Not. Subsequently, she starred in movies with iconic leading men such as Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda and John Wayne.

The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival screenings are open to the public and there is no admission charge to attend. Doors open at 6:29 p.m. and the film begins at 7:01 p.m. The films are all shown on the Davis Odd Fellows big screen projection system in the spacious Upper Hall of the Lodge. A special feature of the Classic Film Festival is the opening and closing comments of acclaimed Davis Enterprise Film Reviewer Derrick Bang who will provide the back story of the film, the actors and the directors.

On Sunday, January 27 the Classic Film Festival will feature the 1944 war-romance-adventure film To Have and Have Not, based on a 1937 novel by Earnest Hemingway. It stars Bacall, Bogart and noted character actor, Walter Brennan. Bacall met Bogart through this film, and the real-life love affair that started during filming is apparent in the film. They subsequently married. The film, itself, is set in Martinique during World War II. The similarities of this film to Casablanca have been noted by reviewers.

On Sunday, February 3, we offer the 1953 romantic comedy How to Marry a Millionaire, starring Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe as three “gold diggers” intent on marrying rich men. It is the first film shot in the new CinemaScope technique. This movie was a box-office smash hit, and got great reviews. Needless to say, there are a lot of twists and turns. The film offers some historic views of New York City.

On Sunday, February 10, the Classic Film Festival concludes with the 1959 box office hit North West Frontier (aka Flame over India), a British film featuring Bacall, Kenneth Moore, and Herbert Lom. The film is set in the North West Frontier of British India (now included as part of Pakistan) and explores ethnic tensions when Moslem rebels attack a fortress and kill an Indian maharajah. The film follows the journey of a British Captain who escorts the son of the maharajah, and his governess. Most of the film shows their adventure on an old train called “Empress of India” traversing rebel-held territory. It is quite an adventure.

“The Odd Fellows – who were chartered in Davis in 1870 – are delighted to bring these classic gems to the community,” said Classic Film Festival Chairman Dave Rosenberg. “They just don’t make them like this anymore. These films have stood the test of time and are great fun to watch.”

The Odd Fellows Bar will be open with wine, beer, and spirits. Admission is free of charge and complimentary popcorn is provided. Donations are always gratefully accepted.

The Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival began in the Spring of 2014, with two screenings every year. This Winter series of films will be the 11th chapter of the Film Festival.

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Dave Rosenberg
For the Classic Film Committee

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