Escape the winter blues with a voyage to Europe, Australia, China, Mexico, and India….all without leaving town at The Sunday Movie Club at Lyme Public Library.
Two Sundays in both January and February we will be showing a feature length movie at the Library at 2 o’clock. A wonderful opportunity to escape for a couple of hours and share a movie with friends and neighbors. After each movie there will be time to socialize and discuss the film. There is no charge for the event. Feel free to bring your own (non-alcoholic) refreshments.
The films are scheduled is as follows:
January 7, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Sydney, Australia. 1994. The three stars of a campy drag act set sail for Alice Springs aboard their lavender bus, the eponymous Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Along the way, they perform for an audience of appreciative Aborigines and unearth the heart of the Outback, perhaps the world’s most macho culture. This warmly funny, endearing, generous-spirited and powerfully affecting comedy won one Oscar, was nominated for several British Academy Awards and Golden Globes and will have you tapping your toes throughout. Writer and Director: Stephan Elliott 102 minutes
January 21, TORTILLA SOUP, (2001) Critics call it “scrumptious,” with a Latin-flavored score that enlivens the whole dish. It’s a tale of food and family set in Southern California. Hector Elizondo plays the aging father, a retired chef who has lost his taste for life. Nonetheless he prepares a bountiful, beautiful Mexican-American family meal every week for his three fractious daughters, each of whom challenges his patriarchal assumptions in a different way. On the surface, it’s a warm human comedy. But it’s also spiced with cogent observations about aging, loneliness and ethnic identity. Altogether, it’s as comforting as, well, a bowl of tortilla soup. Raquel Welsh (nee Jo Raquel Tejada) plays the father’s love interest. Director: Maria Ripoll 103 minutes.
February 11, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, (1947) One of the most famous ‘film noir’ ever made it stars Rita Hayworth and Orson Wells. It is the story of a complicated murder, with many crosses and double-crosses. To reveal anything would be spoiling the fun of working it all out afterwords. The initial reception of the film was lukewarm: viewers complained they couldn’t understand what was going on. However, its reputation has only grown since 1947 and these days it is generally considered a masterpiece. Director: Orson Wells 90 minutes
February 25, TO CATCH A THIEF, a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel of the same name by David Dodge. The film stars Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar who has to save his reformed reputation by catching a new “cat” preying on the wealthy tourists of the French Riviera. Grace Kelly stars opposite him as his romantic interest in her final film with Hitchcock.
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