412602.1020.AProducer’s Committee Film Picks for November 2009


THE MISFITS (1961) Directed by John Huston @ 120 minutes.

The film stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter, Kevin McCarthy, James Barton, and Estelle Winwood. Synopsis: An overlooked cinematic gem, this film needs to be seen by all serious cinephiles. It is a powerful, probing, exciting drama full of honesty, integrity, and sheer poetic brilliance. Divorced, beautiful but disillusioned, a woman befriends a group of misfits in Reno, and experiences her first real taste of freedom, exhilaration, and love—but her innocent idealism soon clashes with their hard-edged practicality. In VARIETY it was written, “THE MISFITS is a robust, high-voltage adventure drama, vibrating with explosively emotional histrionics, conceived and executed with a refreshing disdain for superficial and technical slickness in favor of an uncommon honest and direct cinematic approach.” Tagline: “SMASHING through the excitement barrier! It shouts and sings with life!”.


LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962) Directed by David Miller @ 107 minutes.

The film stars: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, Carroll O’Conner, William Schallert. Synopsis: Jack Burns is a laconic cowboy drifter who is ill at ease with the modern world. He rolls his own smokes, and cuts through fences if they are in his way—on a collision course with conformity. When he learns that his best friend has been jailed for assisting illegal aliens, Burns gets himself arrested hoping to break his buddy out. When his friend refused to flee out of principle, Burns broke out on his own, setting off a powder keg and a massive manhunt—culminating in a showdown on the top of the world on the peaks of the Sierra Madre. In VARIETY it was written, “Often touching and well served by its performances and photography, it focuses on the loner who is fenced in and bemused by the encroachment and paradoxes of civilization.”  Tagline: “Life could never cage a man like this! He stood alone….towering over those who would hunt him down.”


At the Grand Theater and in wide release theatrically:

AMELIA (2009) Directed by Mira Nair

The film stars: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, and Christopher Eccleston. Synopsis: “ A look at the life of legendary American pilot, Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Oceanin 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world; the aviatrix was an enigmatic symbol the American free spirit—guided by a profound curiosity for everything life had to offer.” The screenplay is based on three books: Susan Butler’s EAST TO THE DAWN, Mary Lovell’s THE SOUND OF THE WINGS, and Elgin Long’s AMELIA EARHART: The Mystery Solved. On FANDANGO it was written, “After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was thrust into a new role as America’s Sweetheart—the legendary “goddess of light”, known for her boldness, and her larger-than-life charisma.”  Tagline: “Defying the Impossible! Living the Dream!”


AMELIA (2009) opens at the Grand Theater on Friday, October 23, 2009.

THE MISFITS (1961) will screen @ CSL on Friday, November 6, 2009.

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962) will screen @ CSL on Friday, November 13, 2009.

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