"HAPPY NEW YEAR!" As we enter a bright, shining New Year filled with hope and promise, the SUNSET FILM SOCIETY
is pleased to present a selection of movies containing a positive attitude and a love of life.
January 7th ~ 2 pm
ZORBA THE GREEK
(20th Century Fox: 1964) 146 minutes, Black & White
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Lila Kedrova, Alan Bates, Irene Papas
Written, produced, edited, and directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis, Zorba is one of Anthony Quinn's most iconic and identifiable roles. Alexis Zorba is a big-hearted and grizzled old Greek who forms a friendship with a quiet-spoken young English writer. Filmed on the Greek island of Crete and surrounding locations. Memorable music score by Mikis Theodorakis. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards and winner of 3 (Best Supporting Actress, Best B&W Art Direction and Best B& W Cinematography). To Life!
Based on the 1946 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis.
January 14th ~ 2 pm
(Paramount: 1994) 142 minutes, Color
Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
Screenplay by: Eric Roth
Music by: Alan Silvestri
Winner of 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. In this fable, based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom, Hanks portrays a slow-witted but kind-hearted and good-natured man from Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States between Forrest's birth in 1944 and 1982. A technical marvel in film-making by director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future triology, Cast Away). The top-grossing film in North America in 1994!
January 21st ~ 2 pm
(Columbia: 2003) 125 minutes, Color
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange, Albert Finney, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed by: Tim Burton
The reconciliation of a father-son relationship between Edward (Albert Finney) and William (Billy Crudup) is the key theme in Big Fish. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories. Shot on location in Alabama, it is a series of fairy tale vignettes evoking the tone of a Southern Gothic fantasy.
"Big Fish" is about what's real and what's fantastic, what's true and what's not true, what's partially true and how, in the end, it's all true." ~ Tim Burton
Based on the 1998 novel, Big Fish, A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace.
January 28th ~ 2 pm
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
(20th Century-Fox: 2013) 114 minutes, Color
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine
Co-Produced and Directed by: Ben Stiller
This is the second film adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story; filmed wonderfully in 1947 starring Danny Kaye. Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams.
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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
77 minutes, Black & White
The four Marx brother's third film (after COCONUTS and ANIMAL CRACKERS), is their first screen original and the first made in Hollywood. It relates the zany quartet's adventures as stowaways on board a transatlantic ocean liner and a party in a New York country house. Along the way, the brothers get involved with gangsters, women, puppet shows, and romance in one long crazy ride. Classic bits include the Maurice Chevalier disguise used by all four to get past customs, the brothers' rendition of "Sweet Adeline" while hiding in barrels of herring, and Harpo's bit with the Punch and Judy show.