Weekend Matinees at 11:30am

<cite>The Woman on the Beach</cite>

Sat 25 Apr

Sun 26 Apr

The Woman on the Beach [35mm]

directed by Jean Renoir starring Robert Ryan, Joan Bennet (1947)

The final studio picture for Jean Renoir stars Robert Ryan as an engaged US Coast Guard plagued by recurring metaphysical nightmares. Chance places Ryan in the path of Joan Bennet, the comely, mysterious wife of a blind painter. As friendship blossoms into perhaps something more, Ryan finds little resistance from the prospective cuckold. Careful, Ryan – if you weren’t so lovestruck, you’d see that’s a bright red flag!

<cite>A Woman’s Secret</cite>

Sat 16 May

Sun 17 May

A Woman’s Secret [35mm]

directed by Nicholas Ray starring Maureen O'Hara, Gloria Graham (1949)

This spiritual cousin of ALL ABOUT EVE, released a year later, is a curious early effort from Nicholas Ray. Presented in a series of flashbacks, this noir-tinged woman’s picture tells the tale of a singer (Maureen O’Hara) whose laryngitis prompts the promotion of a younger understudy (Gloria Graham). When fame and fortune comes to the protégé, jealousy boils over and a gun is shot!

<cite>Magnificent Obsession</cite>

Sat 23 May

Sun 24 May

Magnificent Obsession [35mm]

directed by Douglas Sirk starring Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman (1954)

Reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson, in his breakthrough role) crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from the town’s only resuscitator—at the very moment that beloved local Dr. Phillips has a heart attack and dies waiting for the life-saving device. Thus begins one of Sirk’s most flamboyant melodramas, a delirious Technicolor in which Bob and the doctor’s widow, Helen (Jane Wyman), find themselves inextricably linked amid a series of increasingly wild twists and turns.

<cite>Letter From an Unknown Woman</cite>

Sat 30 May

Letter From an Unknown Woman [16mm]

directed by Max Ophüls starring Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan (1948)

In perhaps the finest American film from the famed European director Max Ophüls, Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan star in this lush romantic tragedy of a Viennese woman’s lifelong infatuation with a callous concert pianist. Set in 1900, Fontaine plays a young girl who falls in love with her neighbor, a budding pianist. Years later she meets again her only love, but he fails to remember her. Ophüls crafts a moody atmosphere rich in period detail while Fontaine and Jourdan fascinate onscreen.

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