WATCH FOR PROGRAMS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT:
KINGS COUNTY CINEMA SOCIETY
OUTDOOR COMMUNITY GARDENS
WATCH FOR PROGRAMS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT:
OUTDOOR COMMUNITY GARDENS
FREDDY’S FILM CLUB:
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, 2:00 TO 5:00
A NEW SERIES AT FREDDY’S BACKROOM
Hosted and curated by film archivist Movie Mike:
Presenting cinema classics, oddities and forgotten gems!
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3:
THE STOP-MOTION ANIMATION SPECIAL
We’ll start with a short, illustrated lecture on stop-motion history and methods that will demystify this artform for you.
Then, we will see this exciting Willis O’Brien feature:
THE LOST WORLD(silent, 1926) This rarely-seen treasure will be run at true silent speed for correct movement! The first film to match stop-motion (tabletop miniature) animation with live action, the public was amazed to see dinosaurs come to life. Wallace Beery is half-mad Professor Challenger, leading an expedition to a Jurassic plateau in Brazil. He brings a brontosaurus back to London, where it wreaks havoc! Based on Conan Doyle’s thrilling story. With a timed music track. We’ll add O’Brien’s sound-speed test reel for King Kong and some dinosaur clips from that feature, plus a science film with nicely modeled dinosaur action.
FREDDY’S IS A PARK SLOPE PUB WITH ROOMY CABARET SEATING IN THE BACK ROOM AND A COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE, WHERE YOU CAN GET DRINKS AND ORDER FROM A MENU OF VERY GOOD PUB FOOD. LOCATED ON 5TH AVENUE IN BROOKLYN, BETWEEN 17TH AND 18TH ST. ONE BLOCK UPHILL FROM THE PROSPECT AVENUE STATION OF THE R TRAIN AND CONVENIENT TO FIFTH AVENUE BUSES.
8:30 PM Saturday Aug 24 :
THREE STRANGERS (1946)
Here is a most excellent character-driven drama: Three Strangers. It is the finest moment in Peter Lorre’s career, with excellent portrayals by Sydney Greenstreet and Geraldine Fitzgerald, in a highly ironic script by John Huston. Fitzgerald goes out in the street to find two random strangers, Lorre and Greenstreet, to share in a sweepstakes ticket and a good-luck ritual sworn before the statue of a mysterious goddess.
As the story slowly unfolds, the true nature of each character is revealed and is shown to be different from what you first expect. Fitzgerald appears to be a lonely woman scorned, but her vicious, manipulative scheming soon emerges. Greenstreet appears to be a respectable lawyer, but he’s not on the level and has much to hide. Lorre appears to be a cheerful alcoholic lowlife, but he rises to the occasion when called on to be heroic. Watch for unexpected twists and turns of fate and fortune. The only movie in which Lorre gets the girl at the end! Directed by Jean Negulesco.
HOUSE OF WAX (1953)
Vincent Price always excels as an obsessed madman, and he’s at his best in this suspenseful thriller, stalking lovely Phyllis Kirk, aided by mute brute Charles Bronson. Originally shown in 3-D, this story plays well as a flat print on the strength of its story and characters. Add a star for the haunting set and props in his eerie Victorian wax museum! Yes, he’s stealing corpses from the morgue and dipping them in his waxy fondue pot. Nostalgic fun for young and old, you’ll scream when his fire-scarred face is revealed. With Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones.
TORPEDO OF DOOM (1938)
This feature cut of the Fighting Devil Dogs serial is packed with nonstop action. The Lightning, a hooded, caped villain resembling Darth Vader, plans to rule the world with his mastery of electricity, throwing deadly lightning-charged torpedoes from his flying-wing aircraft. Olympic champ turned actor-stuntman Herman Brix (later known as Bruce Bennett) is the heroic Marine Officer who must stop him. With chases by car, motorcycle, and speedboat, plus submarine, flying-boat and dirigible action, plus endless well-staged fights, you’ll fight to catch your breath!
INVADERS FROM MARS (1953)
Only the kid knows that they have landed and burrowed in behind the house. They’ve taken over his mommy and daddy and the police with brain control radio. It’s a paranoid child’s nightmare of alienation, directed by William Cameron Menzies, with Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke and little Jimmy Hunt. Milburne Stone (Doc from Gunsmoke) is the tough old colonel who saves the day. Note the lovely stark effectiveness of the police station scene and the brilliant use of stock military footage for epic effect. Don’t miss the zippers on the backs of the huge Martian mutants as they shuffle through the underground tunnels of their secret base. And those “raygun-melted” tunnel walls are clusters of balloons, notice that they stir lightly in the breeze. A good b/w TV print.
BARON OF ARIZONA (1950)
Master swindler James Reavis spends years scheming and forging land grant documents that will make him undisputed owner of the entire state of Arizona. Based on a true episode of our history, with Vincent Price at his very best as a clever and sympathetic con artist. He travels to Spain and infiltrates a monastery to insert his own pages into ancient books, seduces a countess and a gypsy girl to help him in his schemes, adopts and later marries an orphan he represents as noble. With Ellen Drew as the false heiress. Directed with fine, tight pacing by Samuel Fuller. This print is subtitled for the deaf.
TARZAN TRIUMPHS (1943)
Olympic Medalist Johnny Weissmuller, the best of the Tarzan actors, is asked to protect a hidden city in the jungle from interference by evil Nazis. He wants no part of the conflict until the bad guys kidnap Boy. Then he goes on the warpath. A good all-around Tarzan adventure.
Maureen O’Sullivan who played Tarzan’s mate, Jane, was not available due to studio contract issues, so she’s conveniently away visiting relatives in England. But pulchritude is provided by Zandra (Frances Gifford), princess of the hidden city of Palandria. Comic relief by Cheetah, Johnny Sheffield as Boy, directed by Wilhelm Theile.
FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT AT
YOUR COMMUNITY GARDEN:
Real 16mm Film, not Video!
6 AVE AT 15 ST, PARK SLOPE BROOKLYN
8:30 PM Saturday July 13:
THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955)
Scientists Rex Reason and Faith Domergue are lured to a secret research center managed by Jeff Morrow, who doesn’t quite look like an earthman. His forehead is built up so high that he must belong to a more intelligent alien race, and he’s up to something: recruiting help for his desperate planet.
The couple tries to escape in a plane but it’s drawn up into a flying saucer, and we’re off to Metaluna! Scenes inside the saucer and on the alien planet are just lovely, and the threatening mutant slave is a huge, hideous insect-man! Excellent design, costuming and special effects, snappy well-paced direction by Joseph Newman, this film holds up as a good adventure story. A good B/W TV print.
Real 16mm Film, not Video!
Freddy’s Backroom 627 5th Ave at 18th St
Park Slope, Brooklyn–8:00 Tues July 2:
WORLDS OF WONDER!
An assortment of beautiful science documentaries:
The Revealing Eye, exotic imaging methods used by scientists–stop-motion, time-lapse, X-ray, infra-red.
World of Little Things, excellent microscopic views. The Original Edgerton Reel of high-speed strobe-sync.
The Incredible Machine, a tour of the human body.
Plus astronomical and time-lapse footage you will like!
Freddy’s is one block uphill from the R train at Prospect Ave.
THIS WILL BE A 1920S-THEMED EVENT WITH LIVE JAZZ BY SVETLANA AND THE DELANCEY FIVE BAND PLUS SILENT FILM:
Fritz Lang’s ground-breaking 1927 science-fiction masterpiece, inspired by his visit to New York and vision of our skyline. The great city, with skyscrapers pierced by highways and topped by landing pads! The horrid underground levels where the workers dwell and toil! Cinema’s first robot, created by a mad scientist! Class war between the workers and the thinkers! One of the greatest silent films, it is wonderfully designed and still exciting.
THE HARRY REEMS MEMORIAL SCREENING!
SPECTACLE THEATER, 124 S. 3RD ST
TUESDAY APRIL 16, 8:00 PM
DEEP THROAT (1972)
RIP Harry and his nine-incher: We’ll see it on display in the Original Deep Throat plus extra XXX-rated treats, including vintage stag films and hardcore animation.
Let’s look at the film which led the crossover of hardcore porn into the mainstream market and began the vulgarization of our culture. If this movie had not introduced the subject of oral sex into the public arena, the press would never have reported what Bill did with Monica.
Deep Throat is surprisingly mild by today’s standards, and is more interesting as a 60s-styled comedy than as pornography. Look for psychedelic freeze-frame sequences and multi-screen mosaics that were common to this period of film-making. Directed by Jerry Damiano.
Looking at Deep Throat today reveals it as a golden turkey very nearly as bad as the films of Ed Wood. It’s mostly silent film that has been set to music, and it is bad music. The whole thing is a single dirty joke stretched out to feature length. But Harry does show some very real talent as a comic actor; too bad he never got a chance to develop this talent to its full potential.