Classic Movie Discussion Group
Public is invited to a free viewing and discussion of the movie “The African Queen” (1952, 105 minutes) The viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6 pm with Dr. Jerry Lincecum leading the discussion.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN is one of the finest and most satisfying of the “odd couple takes a trip together” genre. Rose and Charlie are opposites, and yet they are perfectly suited to each other. Ultimately, Rose is not comfortable “rising above” nature, and indeed grows to love it, as she gives up some of the strictures of civilization and appreciates the beauty and “stimulation” of the natural world. Charlie learns to appreciate some of the beauties of civilization; to take the challenge and the responsibility of participating in the fight against the Germans, to have a relationship of trust and tenderness.
Humphrey Bogart won a well-deserved Oscar for this performance. Katharine Hepburn, who was also nominated, said that her performance was based on director John Huston’s suggestion that she play Rose as Eleanor Roosevelt. Compare this performance to her appearance in Pat and Mike a year later, in which she played a world-class athlete. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by C.S. Forester, but the romance was added by screenwriters James Agee and John Huston. Review by Neil Minow
The free viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6 pm, with Walter Brice & Jerry Lincecum as organizers. To receive an email notice a couple of days before the showing send email to email@example.com type ”send movie notice” with name, phone and email.
Popcorn and lemonade furnished. Bring your soda and invite a friend.
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CLASSIC FILM GROUP: FEB. – JUNE 2017
5/10/17: “High Noon” (1952, 85”)
In Gary Cooper’s greatest role, retiring Marshal Will Kane insists on defending his town from a gang of hooligans due on the noon train–but he faces the task alone as the cowardly townspeople flee. In her first major role, Grace Kelly plays Kane’s new wife, with a stellar cast of Western character actors.
6/14/17: “The Old Man and the Sea” (1958, 86”)
Oscar nominee Spencer Tracy stars in this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novella, a classic tale of man vs. nature. After three months without a catch, an aging Cuban angler hooks a giant marlin far off the coast. For two days, the great fish tows the boat, stirring deep compassion in his captor. The exhausted fisherman finally lands his catch, fighting off bloodthirsty sharks.