LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
1946, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: John Stahl

Exhibit A in the argument that film noir isn't always black-and-white. Don't let the stunningly lush Technicolor fool you - this big-budget soap opera has the blackest of hearts and is as perverse and malignant as it got in the ’40s. Novelist Cornel Wilde falls for gorgeous Gene Tierney but has no idea of the darkness lurking behind those emerald eyes. A rare chance to see Leon Shamroy's Oscar-winning cinematography on the big screen.


STORMY WEATHER
1943, 20th Century Fox, 78 min, USA, Dir: Andrew L. Stone

The life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson provided loose inspiration for this classic musical, and he stars as a WWI vet who hopes to make it big as a dancer and win the heart of singer Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, this dazzling revue was among the first major studio features with a predominantly African-American cast, and showcases iconic performances by such stars as Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Nicholas Brothers, whose “Jumpin’ Jive” sequence was once described by Fred Astaire as the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen.


THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
1965, 20th Century Fox, 140 min, USA, Dir: Carol Reed

"When will you make an end?" asks desperate, paint-spattered pontiff Julius II (Rex Harrison) as he gazes mournfully at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo’s answer? "When I am finished." Director Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, OLIVER!) adapts Irving Stone’s best-selling historical novel, which features one of Charlton Heston’s most complex performances as the tormented master artist. Featuring stunning cinematography by Leon Shamroy (THE KING & I) and a marvelous score by the great Alex North (SPARTACUS).


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