lbuquerque Film Club
May 14 & 15
Saturday & Sunday
Dinner at Eight
USA (1933) 111 minutes
Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, May Robson.
A masterfully-directed, poignant melodramatic comedy by director George Cukor and producer David O. Selznick, Dinner at Eight (1933) was filled with a tremendous cast of stars (inspired by the previous year's Grand Hotel (1932)—who are all invited to a Manhattan formal dinner party during the height of the Depression. Many of the stars in the film first became known in silent cinema, including John and Lionel Barrymore, and Marie Dressler.
The MGM film was based on the popular, dialogue-rich Broadway hit by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, that was originally produced on the stage by Sam H. Harris. The witty romantic comedy is filled with choice lines of dialogue, and revolves around various relationships between the characters. Suicide, financial ruin, love, infidelity, economic pressures, class conflict, the dawn of the talkies, divorce, aging and fading careers, and alcoholism affect their interactions.
The screenplay for the film was written by Herman Mankiewicz, Frances Marion, and Donald Ogden Stewart.
The 1932 film received no Academy Award nominations.
Jan 9 & 10
Happiest Days of Your Life (1950, Britain)
Alastair Sim-Margaret Rurtherford-Joyce Grenfell
Mar 12 & 13:
Triplets of Belleville (2003, France)
Sylvain Chomet’s Oscar-nominated animation
May 14 & 15
Dinner at Eight (1933, USA)
Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, Billie Burke, Lee Tracy
Jul 8 & 9
A Night in Casablanca (1946, USA)
Groucho, Chico & Harpo Marx and
Sep 10 & 11
Igby Goes Down (2002, USA)
Susan.Surandon, Patricia Arquette, Bill Pullman, Kieran Culkin
Nov 12 & 13
Jean Renoir’s French Cancan (1954, France)
Jean Gabin & cameo by Edith Piaf