New Meetup: WHITE HEAT@Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, Aug. 30 @ 7:00 PM

From: Jennifer
Sent on: Friday, August 27, 2010 3:35 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: WHITE HEAT@Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, Aug. 30 @ 7:00 PM

When: Monday, August 30,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theatre
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

*** SOLD OUT but there's always a standby line.

Join me for the final film in the Film Noir Series at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre,WHITE HEAT with James Cagney. The film starts at 7:30 PM, but there is a small feature before the movie which starts at 7:00pm. This movie could be sold out, so I would advise you to buy your tickets before you come. I predict that the theatre will be a mob scene, so please try to get there as early as possible. You can either park in the provided lot, or on the street (just read the signs). The parking is without restrictions if you go either two blocks north or south of Wilshire (park on Wilshire after 7pm). They will most likely start letting people into the theatre around 6:30pm. I will be in line probably around 6 (I hope)... so if you get there early, just look for me. No food or drinks allowed. I will save seats (will try), so give me a call if you can't find me:[masked] begin_of_the_skype_highlighting??????????????[masked]??????end_of_the_skype_highlighting. When you get upstairs, enter the theatre through the first door on your left... number 1 (this is the area on side..left of stage). We sat is this area last year for the 1939 series... approx. 15 rows down from the back, to your left. I will stand until 6:45pm so that you can find us. Please understand that once it is dark and the projector is rolling, my phone is off and it will be up to you to find us. Also keep in mind that it will be tough to hold seats for very long given the fact that the series is most likely filled. I will try my best, but I can't promise anything.

Film Synopsis:

James Cagney returned to the gangster genre that made him a star with his indelible performance as Cody Jarrett, a mother-obsessed escaped convict, directed by Raoul Walsh from a screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. Introduced by Paul Thomas Anderson (?Boogie Nights,? ?There Will Be Blood?). Special guest: Pauline Wagner, who appeared with James Cagney in ?Lady Killer.? Preceded by footage of Ginger Rogers, Sidney Poitier, Laurence Olivier and other Academy members posing on the Grand Lobby stairs during the 1975 dedication of the Academy headquarters building; and the 1950 Daffy Duck cartoon ?Golden Yeggs.?

James Cagney's career was filled with largely indifferent films in which his incredible charisma and overwhelming acting ability enabled him to deliver unforgettable performances. In White Heat, however, he found a vehicle worthy of his talents. This potentially routine police procedural was elevated to the level of a cinematic classic by skillful direction, brilliant performances, and a story line built on fascinatingly perverse relationships between the characters. Psychotic mama's boy and gangster Cody Jarrett (Cagney) executes a daring train robbery, which sets off a chain of events that leads to his downfall at the hands of an undercover detective (Edmond O'Brien). Cagney had said "no more" to gangster films and left Warner Bros. years before, unhappy with the studio's exploitation of his familiar tough-guy screen persona. White Heat marked his triumphant return, and he pulls out all the stops -- his chilling prison breakdown was based on a childhood visit to an insane asylum. Director Raoul Walsh specialized in action films, creating efficiently told tales of masculine behavior and ambition, and this was one of his best.

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