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Archive of past screenings:

2017 -2016 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000

Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m.

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (Hal Wallis / Paramount, 1946). Directed by Lewis Milestone. Written by Robert Rossen (screenplay), John Patrick (story). With Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson. (117 min, black & white, 35mm)

press book for The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Press book for "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (Hal Wallis / Paramount, 1946).

Kirk Douglas made his screen debut and Barbara Stanwyck created one of her most vicious characters in this classic noir melodrama about a domineering woman married to the man who is the only living witness to the murder she committed as a teenager. An appropriately chilling, dark film expertly directed by Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front), with fluid camerawork by Victor Milner and a terrific score by the great Miklos Rozsa. Douglas plays a sympathetic weakling, markedly different from his later screen persona, and his performance didn’t go unnoticed - Louella Parsons declared that Paramount had "unearthed themselves another wonder boy." Preserved from a nitrate print in the Library’s Copyright Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.


Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m.

AUTUMN LEAVES (Columbia – William Goetz Productions, 1956). Directed by Robert Aldrich. Story and Screenplay by Jean Rouverol, Hugo Butler, Jack Jevne, Lewis Meltzer and Robert Blees. With Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles, Lorne Greene, Ruth Donnelly. (107 min, black & white, 35mm)

lobby car for Autumn Leaves

Lobby card for "Autumn Leaves" (Columbia – William Goetz Productions, 1956).

Six years before "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" director Robert Aldrich and Joan Crawford collaborated on this edgy melodrama about a middle-aged woman who falls for and marries a young man with a disturbing past. Although Crawford’s presence has inevitably led to it being regarded, and often unfairly dismissed, as camp, the film is a fascinating example of a woman’s picture made by a director primarily known for his unflinching, cynical male-centered dramas. The husband and wife writing team of Hugo Butler and Jean Rouverol were blacklisted at the time of the film’s release and did not receive billing in the onscreen credits. Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.


Thursday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m.

SO DARK THE NIGHT (Darmour / Columbia, 1946). Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Screenplay by Martin Berkeley and Dwight Babcock, based upon a story by Aubrey Wisberg. With Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden, Ann Codee, Egon Brecher. (71 min, black & white, 35mm)

poster for So Dark the Night

Poster for "So Dark the Night" (Darmour / Columbia, 1946).

While on a long overdue vacation, a Parisian detective finds himself investigating the murder of his fiancée. A stylish "B" picture, this rarely seen thriller was directed by noir specialist Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy, The Big Combo), who employed an array of strange camera angles and other deft touches to turn the bucolic French countryside into a menacing backdrop for what is in essence a study in schizophrenia. Screenwriter Aubrey Wisberg’s story had been purchased by Columbia with the intention of making it the fifth entry in the studio’s mystery series "The Whistler," but was eventually produced as a stand-alone picture. Preserved by the Library of Congress from the original nitrate negatives in the AFI/Columbia Collection.

Preceded by

A DAY AT C. B. S. (Columbia, 1948). Directed by Ralph Staub. Narrated by Art Baker. (10 min, black & white, 35mm).

A short from Columbia’s long-running celebrity magazine series "Screen Snapshots" featuring the stars of CBS Radio, including Gene Autry, Harry James, Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters, Howard Duff and others.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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