Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival

In the Spring of 2014 we offered the 1st series of the Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival, offering three classic films for public viewing in the Upper Hall of the Lodge.    This coming September  we will offer the Fall series, which will be our 12th series of three classic films.  The films are presented on our big screen television for the viewing pleasure of the general public, and there is no charge.  Doors open at 6:29 p.m. and the showings begin at 7:01 p.m.    A special feature of the Classic Film Festival is our honored guest, Derrick Bang, the talented and respected film reviewer for the Davis Enterprise.   Derrick will be at each showing giving the backstory of the film, the actors, and the director.   It’s entertaining and fascinating stuff from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  

In each series, the Classic Film Festival Committee picks the genre for the three films.   We have featured an eclectic number of genre including romantic comedy, science fiction, courtroom dramas, and more.   The genre for the upcoming Fall series is called “Critic’s Choice”.   We asked Derrick to send us his list of his absolute favorite classic films; then the Classic Film Committee voted and whittled the list down to three classics – and that’s what we are showing in September.    Here is the line-up, with Derrick’s comments as to each film:

Sunday, September 1 –  Mr. Roberts (1955)  “John Ford directing Henry Fonda in the film adaptation of the stage play that brought him the Tony Award from a Broadway production that ran for 1,157 performances.   Jack Lemmon’s career-making supporting performance.”

Sunday, September 8 – North by Northwest (1959)  “Arguably the best Hitchcock film made, thanks to a terrific cast headed by Cary Grant, and a crackerjack script from Ernest Lehman.  Everything is perfect, from Saul Bass’ opening titles to Bernard Hermann’s majestic score, and that great finale at Mount Rushmore.”

Sunday, September 15 – The Notorious Landlady (1962)  “An unsung comedy classic.   London based junior diplomat Jack Lemmon rents a room from landlady Kim Novak, whom everybody suspects of having murdered her husband.  Romantic tension ensues, much to the displeasure of Lemmon’s boss (Fred Astaire).  A wonderfully droll script from Blake Edwards and Larry Gelbart.”

Please see the attached poster for the three films.   The Odd Fellows bar is always open before and during the film.   Popcorn is always free.   And before the film, audience members enjoy the live music of According to Bazooka or Cold Shot.  

Mark your calendars for the Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival.  

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