The Golden Age of Hollywood gave us smash hit classics such as ON THE WATERFRONT to REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. This year we are celebrating these Hollywood gems with our monthly curated series, where we play one Golden Age Classic, introduced by our film historian, John Sittig.
Here’s a peek at each film coming soon:
April 15: THE AFRICAN QUEEN
Golden Age stars, Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Boggart, embark on a glorious adventure on The African Queen escaping World War II through rough waters and exotic animals. Filmed almost entirely outdoor, this technical masterpiece features glorious scenes of sunlight shimmering on calm water paired with terrifying scenes of tumultuous watery suspense.
May 20: ON THE WATERFRONT
Commiserate with Marlon Brando in his electrifying Academy Award winning performance that transports you to the Hoboken waterfront.
June 17: IMITATION OF LIFE
Pushing the boundaries of social justice, IMITATION OF LIFE chronicles two widows and their troubled daughters as they struggle to find true happiness amidst racial prejudice. Featuring Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner’s Academy Award winning performances.
July 15: REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
Get what you deserve. Watch James Dean explode with teenage angst in his iconic performance, featuring Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo in powerful performances that earned them both Oscar nominations. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE follows the realistic journey through a turbulent teenage universe of violence and delinquency.
August 19: HIS GIRL FRIDAY
This golden age classic features Rosalind Russell as a working divorcee, pushing the bounds of 1930s portrayal of women on screen. The film keeps it spicy, with its sexual tension, fast paced dialogue and kaleidoscopic action, making it the fastest comedy of a the 1930s.
September 16: THE MISFITS
Film legends Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable contemplate the meaning of life in their final performances in this American classic beautifully written by Arthur Miller.
October 21: GILDA
Celebrate the wondrous Rita Hayword, in this iconic film that features her legendary striptease to “Put the Blame on Mame” – an unforgettable moment in one of the greatest of all film noirs, and the peak of her career–not to mention a searing depiction of one of the most erotic and tortured relationships on film.
November 18: NOW, VOYAGER
Join Bette Davis sail into her sixth best actress Oscar nomination. Davis magically plays Charlotte Vale, a spinster who defies her domineering mother (fellow Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper) to discover love, heartbreak and eventual contentment. Including the classic cinematic moment where Paul Henreid lights two cigarettes at once and hands one to Davis, this award-winning classic is the ultimate romantic melodrama.
December 16: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
Judy Garland stars in this classic musical that takes place at the turn of the 20th century right before the World’s Fair in St. Louis. With unforgettable numbers like “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” this family drama musical is a wonderful holiday treat!
Enjoy all of these Golden Age Classics the third Monday every month at the Beekman Theatre!