The Best of Paul Newman by Vicki Schuster

paul_newman04Vicki Schuster answers our August classic film questionnaire.

1.) What’s your favorite Paul Newman film?

That’s like asking “what is your favorite chocolate recipe?”– too hard to answer. Any recipe with chocolate in it is my favorite receipe as any movie with Paul Newman is my favorite. For for answer’s sake, I’ll say Hud.

2.) What do you consider to be his three best performances?

The Verdict, Cool Hand Luke, Nobody’s Fool.

3.) Which of the two collaborations between co-stars Robert Redford & Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill do you think is best: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Sting?

The Sting.

4.) Which is your favorite pairing with his wife Joanne Woodward of their ten films together as co-stars (The Long, Hot Summer; Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!; From the Terrace, Paris Blues, A New Kind of Love, Winning, WUSA, The Drowning Pool, Harry & Son, Mr. And Mrs. Bridge)?

So hard to choose– probably The Long, Hot Summer.

5.) Have you had any Newman’s Own products, and if so, which do you like best?

Salad dressing.

6.) Newman’s Oscar win for The Color of Money was considered a belated one— if you could award him the Oscar for only one of his previous nominations, which would you choose— Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Hustler; Hud; Cool Hand Luke; Absence of Malice; or The Verdict?

Hud.

7.) What is your least favorite Paul Newman movie?

Slap Shot… It was probably a fun movie to make considering the cast, but I think Paul Newman is too classy for that movie.

8.) Why do you think Newman was such a popular star in his day?

He was the epitome of movie star handsome– a beautiful looking man with those wonderful piercing blue eyes and that absolutely engaging “Luke grin.” He also appealed to all ages. Women and men could identify with him. As he aged, his audience stuck with him, always.

9.) What do you consider to be his most underrated movie?

Nobody’s Fool. Taken from a book written by one of my favorite authors, Richard Russo. Great character study and conversation throughout the movie.

10.) What Paul Newman movie you’ve already seen would you like to see again right now?

Nobody’s Fool.

Summer Film Series Continues Tonight at the Albany County Public Library

imagesThe “Not Shown Before at a Theater Near You” film series continues tonight at the Albany County Public Library, and runs every Sunday night for the rest of the summer at 7 PM, through September 7.

The Laramie Film Society, the Albany County Public Library, and the Wyoming Peace, Justice and Earth Center present a summer series of movies that never made it to local theaters, as well as some classics, and films about peace, justice, and the environment.

 

FREE ADMISSION and FREE POP & POPCORN!

For more information about the series, including a synopsis of each film, ratings, and other information, join the LFS email list or see the LFS web page at film.laramie.wy.us. This web page also has instructions on how to join the email list.

Here’s the schedule for the second half of the series:

July 27 — The East (2013)

August 3— The Education of Little Tree (1997)

August 10— Fast Food Nation (2006)

August 17— Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

August 24— Celebration at Big Sur (1971; concert film)

August 31— Under the Bombs (Sous les bombes) (2007)

September 7— Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006; concert film)

 

August Classic Movie Questionnaire: Spotlight Paul Newman

images-1We continue our summer classic film questionnaires, with a spotlight on Paul Newman.  Send your response to the email address at left and we’ll post it in August. Thanks Vicki Schuster for the suggestion!

THE BEST OF PAUL NEWMAN

1.) What’s your favorite Paul Newman film?

2.) What do you consider to be his three best performances?

3.) Which of the two collaborations between co-stars Robert Redford & Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill do you think is best: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Sting?

4.) Which is your favorite pairing with his wife Joanne Woodward of their ten films together as co-stars (The Long, Hot Summer; Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!; From the Terrace, Paris Blues, A New Kind of Love, Winning, WUSA, The Drowning Pool, Harry & Son, Mr. And Mrs. Bridge)?

5.) Have you had any Newman’s Own products, and if so, which do you like best?

6.) Newman’s Oscar win for The Color of Money was considered a belated one— if you could award him the Oscar for only one of his previous nominations, which would you choose— Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Hustler; Hud; Cool Hand Luke; Absence of Malice; or The Verdict?

7.) What is your least favorite Paul Newman movie?

8.) Why do you think Newman was such a popular star in his day?

9.) What do you consider to be his most underrated movie?

10.) What Paul Newman movie you’ve already seen would you like to see again right now?

The Laramie Film Society Shows Silents For Jubilee Days

JubileeSilentsPic2014As is tradition (since 2001), on July 11, the Laramie Film Society screened silent comedy classics projected outside during Jubilee Days: the “old-fashioned” way on 16mm projectors! The films shown included one each from the famed trio of silent comedy stars— Charlie Chaplin (Easy Street), Buster Keaton (The Goat), and Harold Lloyd (An Eastern Westerner). Despite some inclement weather (to say the least) the LFS showed each film twice, from 8:30 to 11:00 PM. Above left, the LFS’ Robert Roten sets up the projectors (one for projection, one for rewind) in front of the Cross Country Connection. The LFS thanks the Cross Country Connection for providing power for our projectors and the Music Box for a “screen” for the films.KeatonLFSsilent Watch the video at right to see some of the screening of Buster Keaton in The Goat and the video below, to see a bit of An Eastern Westerner during the downpour that occurred later in the evening.

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The Best of Humphrey Bogart by Vicki Schuster

Woody-Allen-in-Play-it-again-Sam-600x754Vicki Schuster answers our July classic movie questionnaire.

1.) What’s your favorite Humphrey Bogart film?

Casablanca

2.) What do you consider to be his three best performances?

Casablanca, The African Queen, Key Largo (I also like Sabrina)

3.) What’s your favorite movie in which he co-starred with Lauren Bacall?

Key Largo

4.) In your opinion did Bogart make a better Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) or Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep)?

Philip Marlowe

5.) Of his nine films for director John Huston (The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, In This Our Life, Across the Pacific, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The African Queen, Beat the Devil), what do you think was their greatest collaboration?

The African Queen

6.) Is Bogart better in black & white or color?

Black & white— when I think of Bogie it is definitely classic black & white!

7.) What’s your least favorite of his films?

I don’t have any least favorites— I would have to change that to movies of his that I haven’t seen.

8.) Of his many classic lines in Casablanca, what is your favorite?

Two favorite quotes: (1) (The fog/ plane scene: “If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” (2.) “Of all the gin joints in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

9.) Why do you think Bogart— who died 57 years ago (in 1957 at the age of 57, incidentally)— is so well-known today, even by non-film buffs?

Does it get any better than Bogie? I don’t think so. He is 100 percent movie classic, bigger than life, world’s best tough guy, the best of the best!

10.) What Bogart movie you’ve already seen, would you like to see again right now?

The African Queen.

General comment, you didn’t ask but I have to add this—one of my favorite Woody Allen movies is “Play It Again, Sam.” Allen’s tribute to Bogie/Casablanca is hilarious and at the same time touching in Allen’s successfully getting across the true Bogart essence with his great writing of and dialogue in the movie. I think it is hilarious that Woody Allen’s neurotic/little guy character identifies with tough, macho guy, Humphrey Bogart, to help him learn how to treat women when he starts dating again.

 

The Best of Humphrey Bogart by Gary Rutkowski

Bogart_in_CasablancaGary Rutkowski answers our July classic movie questionnaire.

1.) What’s your favorite Humphrey Bogart film?

Casablanca.

2.) What do you consider to be his three best performances?

Casablanca, The African Queen, The Big Sleep. HM: The Petrified Forest, The Caine Mutiny

3.) What’s your favorite movie in which he co-starred with Lauren Bacall?

Their first, To Have and Have Not.

4.) In your opinion did Bogart make a better Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) or Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep)?

A toughie! I’d probably go with Philip Marlowe, who was probably closer to Bogart in real life.

5.) Of his nine films for director John Huston (The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, In This Our Life, Across the Pacific, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The African Queen, Beat the Devil), what do you think was their greatest collaboration?

The African Queen. It was their biggest gamble and most ambitious. And it’s timeless.

6.) Is Bogart better in black & white or color?

If there was ever an actor suited for black & white, it was Bogart. Yet he garnered two of his three Best Actor Oscar nominations for films in color. I agree with Roger Ebert et al that Casablanca seems to be the one black & white film that even people who hate black & white films seem to love.

7.) What’s your least favorite of his films?

He made some stinkers.  I’ll go with the absurd Dark Victory in which his Irish brogue contributes heavily.

8.) Of his many classic lines in Casablanca, what is your favorite ?

“If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”

HM: “Are my eyes really brown?”

9.) Why do you think Bogart— who died 57 years ago (in 1957 at the age of 57, incidentally)— is so well-known today, even by non-film buffs?

After James Dean, Bogart was only the second major star to die and have an instant cult spring around him that has followed generation after generation. Mainly though, it’s due to the fact that Casablanca (and to some extent The Maltese Falcon) remain(s) go-to classic(s) even among non-buffs.

10.) What Bogart movie you’ve already seen, would you like to see again right now?

Casablanca.

July Classic Movie Questionnaire: Spotlight Humphrey Bogart

imagesWe continue our summer classic film questionnaires, with a spotlight on Humphrey Bogart.  Send your response to the email address at left and we’ll post it in July.

THE BEST OF BOGIE

1.) What’s your favorite Humphrey Bogart film?

2.) What do you consider to be his three best performances?

3.) What’s your favorite movie in which he co-starred with Lauren Bacall?

4.) In your opinion did Bogart make a better Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) or Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep)?

5.) Of his nine films for director John Huston (The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, In This Our Life, Across the Pacific, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The African Queen, Beat the Devil), what do you think was their greatest collaboration?

6.) Is Bogart better in black & white or color?

7.) What’s your least favorite of his films?

8.) Of his many classic lines in Casablanca, what is your favorite ?

9.) Why do you think Bogart— who died 57 years ago (in 1957 at the age of 57, incidentally)— is so well-known today, even by non-film buffs?

10.) What Bogart movie you’ve already seen, would you like to see again right now?

 

Summer Film Series Starts Tonight at the Albany County Public Library!

DownloadedFileThe “Not Shown Before at a Theater Near You” film series begins tonight at the Albany County Public Library, and continues every Sunday night this summer at 7 PM, through September 7.

The Laramie Film Society, the Albany County Public Library, and the Wyoming Peace, Justice and Earth Center present a summer series of movies that never made it to local theaters, as well as some classics, and films about peace, justice, and the environment.

 

FREE ADMISSION and FREE POP & POPCORN!

For more information about the series, including a synopsis of each film, ratings, and other information, join the LFS email list or see the LFS web page at film.laramie.wy.us. This web page also has instructions on how to join the email list.

Here’s the first part of the film series schedule (others to be announced):

June 8— The Way, Way Back (2013)

June 15— The Book Thief (2013)

June 22— The Tree of Life (2011)

June 29— The Namesake (2006)

July 6— Stagecoach (1939)

July 13— Cyrus (2010)

July 20— Millions (2004)

…. more to come….

The Best of Katharine Hepburn by Vicki Schuster

00293def_mediumVicki Schuster answers our June classic film questionnaire.

1.) What’s your favorite Katharine Hepburn film?

It’s a tie: Adam’s Rib and Desk Set

2.) What do you consider to be her three best performances?

The African Queen, Adam’s Rib, and The Lion in Winter

3.) Hepburn was nominated 12 times for an Academy Award, winning 4 Oscars (nominated for: Morning Glory [win], Alice Adams, The Philadelphia Story, Woman of the Year, The African Queen, Summertime, The Rainmaker, Suddenly Last Summer, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner [win], The Lion in Winter [win], and On Golden Pond [win]). What movie outside of these do you think she most deserved an additional nomination?

Rooster Cogburn

4.) What’s your favorite movie in which she co-starred with Spencer Tracy?

Desk Set

5.) What’s your favorite movie in which she co-starred with Cary Grant?

The Philadelphia Story

6.) Of her later features/TV movies, post-On Golden Pond, what do you think is her best work?

Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry

7.) What’s your least favorite of her films?

Bringing Up Baby (I know, this is a very popular movie— but I like so many of her other movies better!)

8.) Why do you think Katharine Hepburn is considered among the greatest screen actresses of her generation?

On screen, she knew her craft and is an excellent actress, commanding the screen and attention: off screen, known for her candid, free-thinking opinions and was totally a one-of-a-kind woman.

9.) Wikipedia notes that she’s remembered as an important cultural figure. What do you think her cultural impact has been?

Women’s rights— she felt there wasn’t anything a woman could not do if she set her mind to it.

10.) What Katharine Hepburn movie you’ve already seen, would you like to see again right now?

Desk Set

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