The Friends of Greenwich Library's Friday Film Series has once again rolled out a slate of award-winning American and international films with wide-ranging appeal.
Screen The King's Speech, winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor, on September 30. An unrecognizable Claire Danes stars in Temple Grandin on November 4. Grandin, an autistic woman, revolutionized how America treats its beef cattle, and also how we understand autism. View Le Notti Bianche, a classic Italian film directed by Luchino Visconti, on December 2. Don't miss cult classic Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? on January 13.
The fall season will run from Friday, September 16 to Friday, January 27 in the Cole Auditorium. The Friends Friday Film Series is free and open to the public through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 7:40 p.m., show starts at 8. For more information, please contact Wayne Campbell at 203-622-7922.
Show time is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m. The Friday Film Series and sponsored by the Friends of Greenwich Library.
SEPTEMBER 16- PUBLIC SPEAKING (2010)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. With Fran Lebowitz, Truman Capote, William F. Buckley, James Baldwin, Dorothy Parker. Portrays an opinionated yet wickedly funny writer who's equipped for nothing in life other than making wry, sarcastic observations about New York City and occasionally the life beyond its borders. 84 min.
SEPTEMBER 23-GET LOW (2009)
Directed by Aaron Schneider. With Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black. A miserable old backwoods hermit throws himself a funeral party in advance so he can hear what the townsfolk think of him and also tie up some loose ends. 100 min.
SEPTEMBER 30- THE KING'S SPEECH (2010)
Directed by Tom Hooper. With Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi. After the death of his father George V and the abdication of Edward VII, a stammering Bertie finds himself crowned king. With the support of family, Winston Churchill, and his therapist Lionel, he overcomes his stammer and leads his people in World War II. 111 min.
OCTOBER 7 NO FILM-YOM KIPPUR HOLIDAY
OCTOBER 14 SPECIAL EVENT-AUTHOR BILL BRYSON
In an unusual move, there will be no Friday Film tonight so we may bring you this unprecedented opportunity to hear and meet the best selling humorist author Bill Bryson in one of the 5 cities he is visiting in this speaking tour. Travelling all the way from London, Mr. Bryson will talk about his current book AT HOME, as well as others he has penned such as NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID, A WALK IN THE WOODS (THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL), I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF, A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING, and BRYSON'S DICTIONARY OF TROUBLESOME WORDS. Mr. Bryson will answer questions, chat with you afterwards and will sign copies of his book that will be provided by Diane's Books. As always, this program is free and open to all.
OCTOBER 21-INSIDE JOB (2010)
Directed by Charles Ferguson. With Matt Damon, William Ackman, Daniel Alpert, Jonathan Alpert, Sigridur Benediktsdottir, and many more. The first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. 108 min.
OCTOBER 28-BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD (2007)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney. A tribute to the late Mr. Lumet in one of his last and finest films. Two brothers think they have committed the perfect crime in the robbery of a suburban mom-and-pop jewelry store. Great performances, family ties, and a superb unraveling plot make for fine filmmaking. 117 min. Rated R
NOVEMBER 4-TEMPLE GRANDIN (2010) Directed by Mick Jackson. With Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, Catherine O'Hara, David Straithairn. An unrecognizable Claire Danes stars as Grandin, an autistic woman who revolutionized how America treats its beef cattle, and also how we understand what it meant to have autism. Her endeavors and insights are truly extraordinary and perceptive. Danes is so good you'll forget you are watching a performance. 108 min.
NOVEMBER 11 NO FILM-LIBRARY CLOSED-VETERANS DAY
NOVEMBER 18-THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
Directed by Aaron Sorkin. With Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara. Explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomena of the new century, was invented -- through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. It is a drama with both creation and destruction. 120 min.
NOVEMBER 25-NO FILM-LIBRARY CLOSED
DECEMBER 2- LE NOTTI BIANCHE (ITALY-1957)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. With Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell. A chance encounter on a bridge with a strange but alluring girl is the first strand in a web of flashbacks, flash forwards, and false visions in this plot updated from a 19th century story by Dostoevsky. Poetic, mysterious, and beautiful. 107 min. In Italian with English subtitles.
DECEMBER 9- THE ILLUSIONIST (UK-FRANCE-2010) Directed by Sylvain Chomet. Written originally by Jacques Tati, this gorgeous animated film is by the director of the acclaimed THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. An aging French stage entertainer finds himself competing with emerging rock stars and has to take jobs in obscure fringe theatres to survive. He meets a young fan who changes his life forever. Oscar nominated. 80 min.
DECEMBER 16-IT HAPPENED ON 5th AVENUE (1947)
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. With Victor Moore, Charles Ruggles, Don DeFore, Gale Storm, Alan Hale, Jr., Ann Harding. Christmastime story about a bum who occupies the New York mansion of the second wealthiest man in the world while he's away. Love and Christmas are in the air in this heartwarming Capra-esque mix. 116 min.
DECEMBER 23-NO FILM
DECEMBER 30-NO FILM
JANUARY 6-BLACK SWAN (2010)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky. With Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey. Two ballerinas vie for the lead playing both the White and Black Swans. The lead becomes dangerously in touch with her dark side. Thrilling and unnerving. 110 min. Rated R
JANUARY 13- WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE? (1978)
Directed by Ted Kotcheff. With Robert Morley, George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Pierre Cassel. When four-star chefs are found murdered in inventive ways, suspicion falls on gourmand Morley in this black comedy, not seen since its original release. It now has a cult following. 112 min.
JANUARY 20- YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (2010)
Directed by Woody Allen. With Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin. Antonia Banderas, Gemma Jones. Two married couples follow their passions and ambitions which lead them into trouble and out of their minds. Fortune tellers, gallery owners, novelists, and mystery women all inhabit this comedy romance from Woody Allen. 98 min. Rated R.
JANUARY 27- THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE (1941)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. With James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Alan Hale, Jack Carson. They don't make 'em like this anymore; a lyrical and picaresque evocation of turn-of-the-century (1900) New York in which a dentist faces memories of his infatuation with a strawberry blonde, the love of his life. Great performances and a lovely look at a slower (some would say better) time. 99 min.