WEEKLY - Film Series
Saturdays at 2:00 PM
The El Paso
International Museum of Art
1211 Montana Avenue
Free Admission & Free Parking!
Freshly Popped Theater Popcorn, Beverages, Candy & Snacks Available for Purchase
Come join our Film Series...Now monthly or weekly!
What began in June, 2000 as the first weekly Classic Film Series in the El Paso Southwest, returns as an ongoing film series—now having grown to offering both monthly and weekly!
And now SFS meets WEEKLY at the International Museum of Art in downtown El Paso.
*BOTH film venues are FREE of charge to the public.*
Hosted by life long film fan, historian, archivist, writer and collector Jay Duncan. When it comes to the magic of the motion picture, Jay enthusiastically shares his wealth of knowledge, personal exhibits of his own movie memorabilia and in-depth behind-the-scenes knowledge with each and every screening.
Join Jay as he hosts the ever popular Sunset Film Society series and get to know first-hand what everyone is talking about!
For more information and to make reservations, please email Jay.
NOTE: All presentations will include added attractions to simulate the original movie-going experience. It might be a cartoon, short, featurette or serial chapter.
Experience the CLASSIC FILM SERIES presentations:
• Historical background of each film presentation
• Film(s) showing
• Post presentation: discussions, questions & answers, audience participation.
• Education and insight into the cultural significance of FILM as an “Artistic Medium”
• Information on the Sunset Film Society
“The Art of Cinematography calls for so much experiment, necessitates so many kinds of activity and requires so much sustained attention, that I do not hesitate to say in all sincerity that it is the most alluring and the most interesting of all the Arts, for it makes use of virtually all of them—drawing, painting, the drama, sculpture, architecture, mechanics and manual labor of every sort are called into play in pursuing this extraordinary profession.”
— Georges Melies 1861-1938, French Film Pioneer
95 minutes, Color
What started out as a one-woman play, written by and starring Nia Vardalos and based on her own experiences, stars in the film as Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos, is a middle class Greek American woman who falls in love with a non-Greek upper middle class "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant" Ian Miller (John Corbett) to the consternation of her extended family.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding became a sleeper hit and grew steadily from its limited release.
"BITTERSWEET LOVE" During the month of ROMANCE, the SUNSET FILM SOCIETY marks the occasion with four of the most popular and heartfelt stories in Cinema history.
February 4th ~ 2 pm
(Paramount: 1970) 99 minutes, Color
Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, Ray Milland...and the film debut of Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by Arthur Hiller (The Out-of-Towners, Silver Streak)
Nominated for seven Academy Awards in major categories, the film won for Best Original Music Score by Francis Lai. The theme song, "Where Do I Begin" became a smash hit, and the vocal rendition by Andy Williams became a best seller! With a Screenplay by Erich Segal, Paramount Pictures wanted him to write a novel based on it to be published on Valentine's Day to help publicize the film's release. It became a best seller on its own, and the movie became a colossal hit. An upper-class jock meets a working-class student of classical music and quickly fall in love despite their differences. At the time of its release in December, 1970 it became the 6th highest-grossing film of all time in the United States and Canada. The catch-line is still remembered and befuddles — "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
February 11th ~ 2 pm
THE WAY WE WERE
(Columbia: 1973) 118 minutes, Color
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Vivica Lindfors, Patrick O'Neal
Directed by Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa)
Another crowd-pleaser of the '70s. The teaming of Redford and Streisand proved to be box-office gold! The Screenplay by Arthur Laurents was based on his college days at Cornell University and his experiences with the House Un-American Activities Committee. Spanning several generations, two strikingly different people (she's a vocal Marxist anti-war Jew and he's a carefree WASP) meet and fall in love. The theme song sung by Streisand became a #1 single. There was always talk of a sequel for years reuniting the two stars, but an exceptional script could never be realized.
February 18th ~ 2 pm
SOMEWHERE IN TIME
(Universal: 1980) 103 minutes, Color
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Superlative Music Score by John Barry
True-love transcends life itself in this romantic fantasy-thriller. Written by Richard Matheson and based on his "Bid Time Return", a young contemporary playwright sees a 1912 portrait of an acclaimed actress and wills himself back in time to meet her. The lovely Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island provides a perfect setting. The film has achieved a "cult favorite" status!
February 25th ~ 2 pm
(Paramount: 1990) 122 minutes, Color
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, Whoopi Goldberg (in her Academy Award-winning Best Supporting Actress role)
Written by Bruce Joel Rubin
Music by Maurice Jarre, incorporating The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody"
The highest-grossing film of 1990 was nominated for 5 Academy Awards; winning 2. After a murdered lover learns that his girlfriend is a woman in jeopardy, a reluctant psychic assists in trying to persuade her of the life-threatening danger. Directed by Jerry Zucker.