Friday, July 09, 2010

Mae West: Pasadena Double Feature

MAE WEST is headed to the Old Pasadena Film Festival this month.
• • According to Steve Mulheim, who staged this year's femme-in-focus film fest — — which will be offered at One Colorado and other nearby locations — — this free outdoor annual event that runs for three weeks is the biggest cinema series of its kind in California.
• • Mulheim, the president and CEO of the Old Pasadena Management Association, said the organizers decided to celebrate some of the first ladies of filmdom. Kicking off the fun at 8:30 PM on Thursday, 8 July 2010 was Diane Keaton starring in "Annie Hall" [1977]. Additionally, audiences are being treated to special enhancements such as a spirited live silent movie accompaniment by the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra. As viewers watch Mary Pickford shake her curls through "Willful Peggy" (and a number of shorties) on Friday, July 9th, the musicians will provide a novel soundtrack.
• • Crowd-pleasing selections will be screened every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through the end of July 2010.
• • The star vehicles for actresses will include these memorable screen gems: Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong"; Katherine Hepburn in "Bringing Up Baby"; Bette Davis in "All About Eve"; Marilyn Monroe in "How to Marry a Millionaire"; Meryl Streep in "Death Becomes Her"; Barbra Streisand in "The Way We Were"; and others.
• • • • Mae West Double Feature • • • •
• • On Friday, 30 July 2010 movie buffs should prepare a generous bag of popcorn for the Mae West Double Feature.
• • Here's the description provided by the Pasadena organizers who made the schedule:
• • • • "She Done Him Wrong" (1933) — — Starring Mae West and Cary Grant, "She Done Him Wrong" follows New York singer and nightclub owner Lady Lou after her former boyfriend escapes from jail convinced that she has been unfaithful. Written by Ms. West about the story of famed Diamond Lil, She Done Him Wrong is on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest Comedies, and contains some of Mae’s most famous lines, pushing the censors of the time to their limits!
• • • • "I’m No Angel" (1933) — — Again starring Mae West and Cary Grant, carnival dancer Tira devises a shocking new act which gets her to New York and into the company of a bevy of rich young socialite men in "I’m No Angel." Written by Mae West, "I’m No Angel" maintained her reputation with cinematic censors.
• • WHERE: One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley — — on 30 July 2010 at 8:30pm. Info: 626.356.9725.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • as Tira the incomparable, 1933 • •
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