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CINEMA SALON with Producer Richard Goodwin.

Present

BALL OF FIRE

Tuesday, November 5, 7:30pm

USA, 111 minutes, 1941, 35mm

DIRECTOR: Howard Hawks
CAST: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Henry Travers, SZ Sakall, Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea
(USA, 1942, 111 min.)

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Once a month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, audiences and guests have the opportunity to discuss the film over drinks and snacks in our spacious lounge.

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Mr. Cooper may be a little loose-tooth in spots, but he gives a homespun performance such as only he can give. Miss Stanwyck is plenty yum-yum (meaning scorchy) in her worldly temptress role." — Bosley Crowther, New York Times, 1942

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What a team: Stanwyck was rarely sexier, Cooper never more endearing. A jewel of a comedy. " — James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette

Marnie

Hot tomato Sugarpuss O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck, the ne plus ultra floozy broad) has to lay low for a while as her gangster beau is suspected of murder. Like any fast thinking dame, she hides out with a group of professors who live together in a New York City mansion, assembling data for an encyclopedia. Their sheltered life is facilitated by Miss Bragg (Kathleen Howard), the puritanical housekeeper. The youngest, Professor Potts (Gary Cooper), is researching American slang and who has a bigger mouthful of the vernacular than Sugarpuss? Romance is the cherry on top of this banana split, one of the wittiest films of its era co-written by Billy Wilder.

Before the screening we will be treated to the music of Roy and Rosemary, in person, in the atrium of the Vancity Theatre. This Piano Violin Duo is like no other. Their careers have already taken them from Carnegie Hall to The Beijing Olympics so we are thrilled to have two of Canada’s finest musicians performing at Cinema Salon. View a clip of Roy and Rosemary's music.

Introduced by Richard Goodwin
Nicholas Scapillati

Guests in AttendanceGuest presenter:

Richard Goodwin started in films as a tea boy after doing military service in the SAS (Special Air Service) in Malaya in 1955. He went on to watch Joan Collins walking with a book on her head whilst she was still a pupil in the Rank (The Rank Organisation was a British entertainment conglomerate) charm school. Up through the ranks, the first film he produced was TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER and then MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, DEATH ON THE NILE, THE MIRROR CRACK’D, LITTLE DORRIT, A PASSAGE TO INDIA and SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET. Goodwin built a studio in Rotherhithe, London with his wife Christine Edzard which now thrives making period costumes for filmmakers worldwide. As Captain of his trusty barge, he made a PBS documentary called LEONTYNE BY BARGE FROM LONDON TO VIENNA and a series called BARGING THROUGH FRANCE.


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