SONS OF THE DESERT
1933, 65 min, USA, Dir: William A. Seiter

To attend a convention in Chicago, Stan and Ollie lie to their wives - but their cover story soon falls apart. Laurel and Hardy fans adopted the name of this feature for their organization, and many would cite it as the duo’s best; it was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2012. Costarring Charley Chase.


THE TALE OF THE FOX
LE ROMAN DE RENARD
1930, 65 min, France, Dir: Irene Starewitch, Ladislas Starewitch

One of the first animated feature films in cinema history (it premiered a full year before Disney’s SNOW WHITE), and the only film of this scope that Starewitch would make, THE TALE OF THE FOX is a masterpiece of the form. Master Fox, the forest’s utmost trickster, harasses the king upon whose lands he lives. Following a particularly wily hoax, however, the king orders Master Fox to be arrested and brought before the court. Inspired by a medieval French fable, THE TALE OF THE FOX is a ceaselessly inventive and wondrous film.


HOOPER
1978, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

Director Hal Needham got his start as a stuntman, and he pays tribute to the profession with this action-packed hit. Top stuntman Burt Reynolds is on the verge of retirement when he finds himself challenged by newcomer Jan-Michael Vincent to attempt the riskiest, biggest stunt of his career - against the better judgment of girlfriend Sally Field. From its opening to its "blooper reel" credits (which were among the first used in film), HOOPER takes viewers on a wildly entertaining ride.


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