The Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival Returns This Month for its Winter Series of Classic Films

Classic Hollywood cinema returns to the Odd Fellows Hall in February in the 13th series of the “Davis Classic Film Festival.” The classic films to be shown in this Winter series will be the 37th, 38th and 39th screened in the Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival.

In the Spring of 2014 the Davis Odd Fellows offered the 1st series of the Davis Classic Film Festival, offering three classic films for public viewing in the Upper Hall of the Lodge. Starting on February 16, the Winter series begins, which will be the 13th series of three classic films. The films are presented on the big screen at the Lodge Hall, 415 2nd Street in Downtown Davis. The general public is welcome, and there is no admission 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, since the inception, has been our honored guest, Derrick Bang, the talented and respected film reviewer for the Davis Enterprise,” said Dave Rosenberg, a long-time Odd Fellow and Chair of the Classic Film Committee. “Derrick will be at each showing giving the backstory of the film, the actors, and the director – details about the film that are generally unknown to the public. 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. Past series have featured an eclectic selection of genre including romantic comedy, science fiction, courtroom dramas, and more. “The genre for the upcoming Winter series is called ‘Classic Spy Thrillers’, said Rosenberg. “Spy thrillers are a staple of the cinema. And those spy thrillers produced during the Cold War are especially exciting.”. Here is the line-up, with Derrick Bang’s comments as to each film:

Sunday, February 16 – Notorious (1946) — “Another superb Hitchcock entry, highlighted by the electrifying pairing of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. He’s a government agent who recruits a “good time girl” (read between the lines) to infiltrate a nest of Nazis who’ve fled to South America. Famous Hitchcock touches, and an extremely clever — and quite prescient, for the time — plot that builds to a terrific climax. Oscar nominations for original screenplay and supporting actor (Claude Rains)”.

Sunday, February 23 – The Third Man (1949) — “What more can be said, about one of the most famous post-WWII spy films of all time? Graham Greene adapted his own novella, which features Joseph Cotton as pulp novelist Holly Martins, who travels to post-war Vienna, in order to work with longtime friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). But when Martins arrives in Vienna, he learns that Lime has been killed. Why … and by whom? Phenomenal film noir cinematography and staging, along with Anton Karas’ world-famous zither title theme. An Oscar winner for Robert Krasker’s cinematography, with nominations for editing and director Carol Reed. Not merely one of the best spy films ever made, but one of the best films ever made, full-stop”.

Sunday, March 1 – Pickup on South Street (1953) — “Another one that has (undeservedly) faded from view. A terrific premise from director/co-scripter Samuel Fuller, with Richard Widmark starring as New York City pickpocket Skip McCoy, who snatches a wallet belonging to a young woman named Candy (Jean Peters). Unbeknownst to both, the wallet contains top-secret government information in an envelope that Candy was delivering as a favor to her ex-boyfriend, believing the contents to be merely larcenous. Both Skip and Candy quickly land in the cross-hairs of U.S. government agents and (shudder) communist spies up to no good. A well-deserved Oscar nomination for supporting actress Thelma Ritter”.

The Odd Fellows bar, with wine, beer, mixed drinks and soft drinks 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.

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