Four master directors: Hitchcock, Ford, Wyler and Curtiz
The Waupaca Area Public Library will present a series of four classic Hollywood films in February.
The movies will be shown on each Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the library’s lower level and will feature introductory comments by Dr. Jack Rhodes.
Rhodes explains that the four films, all produced in the 15-year period between 1938 and 1953, illustrate studio film production at its finest. Each movie represents a special achievement in its particular film genre and bears the imprint of a master director.
Admission is free, no reservations are needed, and complimentary popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be provided.
The roster of films is as follows:
Feb. 1: “Rebecca” won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the first film Alfred Hitchcock directed after moving to Hollywood. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, and George Sanders star in this complex web of romance, intrigue and mystery.
Feb. 8: “Fort Apache” is (the first movie in the famous Cavalry Trilogy directed by John Ford. The 1948 film stars John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple and John Agar in one of the most effective Westerns ever made. Shot on location in Utah and Arizona.
Feb. 15: “Roman Holiday” is Audrey Hepburn’s breakthrough performance. This charming romantic comedy brought her the Academy Award for Best Actress of 1953. Shooting on location in Rome, director William Wyler handles a light story with considerable ease, charm, and humor. Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert also star.
Feb. 22: “The Adventures of Robin Hood” was released in 1938. Director Michael Curtiz provides a deft touch with the swordplay, archery and palace intrigue that made Errol Flynn the principal star of Hollywood swashbucklers. Co-stars include Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian, Claude Rains as Prince John, and Basil Rathbone as the evil Sir Guy.
For more information, call the library at 715-258-4414.