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This group is for people who love vintage films and would like to experience them on a big screen and with an audience. We will be attending weekly Friday night showings at the Bijou Cinema in the Hi-Desert. The Bijou Cinema is a great place for people who want to learn about classic film. This vintage decor 35 seat theater shows both Hi-Def Video as well as Motion Picture Film on the big screen. It also has the capability for showing 3D movies in Polaroid 3D.

Mini-lectures by film historians will accompany each film presentation. There may also be field-trips to other areas in the Inland Empire for classic film presentations(unfortunately, there aren't many classic film presentations in the Inland Empire). If you like Film Noir, Classic Comedy, Silent Films, classic Animation, B-Movies and other vintage genres, then this group is just for you.

The most common problem occurring in meet up groups is people who RSVP yes, and then don't show up(sometimes as much as 80% of the group.) Because of this problem, we are following the policy of other meet up groups and instituting a 3 STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT policy. This means that if you RSVP yes and are a no-show 3 times within 6 months, your membership will be cancelled. At that point, you still have the option of re-joining the group.

The DESERT CLASSIC FILM SOCIETY is a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

Upcoming events (5)

Randy Fischer presents Albert Finney in TOM JONES 1963 Best Picture of the Year

Randy Fischer's Literature in Film Series presents the outrageous farce, TOM JONES directed by Tony Richardson. Winner of 4 Oscars and 6 more nominations. The Plot: The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England. Before the movie, former film critic for National Public Radio Randy Fischer will give a mini-lecture on the film. Note: This movie runs 2 hours, 8 minutes. GET YOUR FREE BIJOU PUNCH CARD PASS: Don’t forget to ask for your free Bijou Punch Card next time you are at THE BIJOU. Each time you pay for an admission your card will be punched. When you get six punches, your card then becomes a free pass which you can use yourself, give to someone else or save for a rainy day. The Bijou opens at 6:30pm. DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE LOW DESERT: From Hwy 10, take Hwy 62 north until you reach Yucca Valley. Once you are in Yucca Valley take a right at the second stoplight(Kickapoo Trail) and go 2 blocks to the stop sign(Onaga Trail) where you take a left. Go 2.8 miles and you are there(cross street is Joshua View). You will see the Bijou sign in front. The Desert Classic Film Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

Pulp Fiction Night! THE THING & Book Signing w/Author Jean-Paul L. Garnier

This is an show devoted to Pulp Fiction with one of the greatest of the 1950's Science Fiction films, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. This film is enormously influential in Science Fiction films from the 1950's to today. Directors Ridley Scott, John Frankenheimer, Tobe Hooper, and John Carpenter, who remade this movie, all cited the movie as a key influential film in their lives. Movies such as the original ALIEN copied elements from this classic film. THE THING is based on a story by John Campbell Jr. who was instrumental as an editor and writer for the pulps, discovering Heinlein, Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard and countless others while reshaping the genre in general. The special guest for the evening is Science Fiction Author Jean-Paul L. Garnier. A book signing will be happening before the movie. He will have his own books available as well as some vintage pulps on display and for sale. Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is owner of Space Cowboy Books, a science fiction bookstore, independent publisher, and producer of Simultaneous Times podcast. In 2018 Traveling Shoes Press released Echo of Creation a collection of his science fiction short stories. He has also released three collections of poetry: Future Anthropology (Space Cowboy Books 2019) the Spiraling Pearls (HD Press 2010) and In Iudicio (Cholla Needles Press 2017). His short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in: Specklit, Eye to the Telescope, Scifaikuest, and many other anthologies and webzines. He holds a certificate in creative writing from Wesleyan University. The Bijou opens at 6:30pm. GET YOUR FREE BIJOU PUNCH CARD PASS: Don’t forget to ask for your free Bijou Punch Card next time you are at THE BIJOU. Each time you pay for an admission your card will be punched. When you get six punches, your card then becomes a free pass which you can use yourself, give to someone else or save for a rainy day. DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE LOW DESERT: From Hwy 10, take Hwy 62 north until you reach Yucca Valley. Once you are in Yucca Valley take a right at the second stoplight(Kickapoo Trail) and go 2 blocks to the stop sign(Onaga Trail) where you take a left. Go 2.8 miles and you are there. You will see the Bijou sign in front. The Desert Classic Film Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

Musical GUYS AND DOLLS 1955 in Wide Screen Cinemascope and Stereophonic Sound

This movie will be presented in it's original wide screen Cinemascope format with 4 track Stereophonic Sound. This will be the complete version, uncut, which runs 150 minutes. Marlon Brando (Sky Masterson) and Frank Sinatra (Nathan Detroit) did not get along at all. The cast and crew were quickly divided between Brando's supporters (among them, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and lead actress Jean Simmons) and Sinatra and his entourage. Eventually, Brando and Sinatra spoke to each other only through intermediaries. Frank Sinatra loathed the non-singing Marlon Brando for getting the starring role, while Sinatra got a lesser part. His nickname for the sometimes barely coherent Brando was "Mumbles." The Plot: In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. This show will be introduced by film historian Chris Perry. The Bijou opens at 6:30pm. GET YOUR FREE BIJOU PUNCH CARD PASS: Don’t forget to ask for your free Bijou Punch Card next time you are at THE BIJOU. Each time you pay for an admission your card will be punched. When you get six punches, your card then becomes a free pass which you can use yourself, give to someone else or save for a rainy day. DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE LOW DESERT: From Hwy 10, take Hwy 62 north until you reach Yucca Valley. Once you are in Yucca Valley take a right at the second stoplight(Kickapoo Trail) and go 2 blocks to the stop sign(Onaga Trail) where you take a left. Go 2.8 miles and you are there. You will see the Bijou sign in front. The Desert Classic Film Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

Randy Fischer Presents THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY 1947 in Technicolor

Randy Fischer's Literature in Film Series presents classic Fantasy-Comedy THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY starring Danny Kaye. The Plot: In New York the clumsy Walter Mitty is the publisher of pulp fiction at the Pierce Publishing house owned by Bruce Pierce. He lives with his overbearing mother and neither his fiancée Gertrude Griswold and her mother nor his best friend Tubby Wadsworth respects him. Walter is an escapist and daydreams into a world of fantasy many times along the day. When Walter is commuting, he stumbles in the train with the gorgeous Rosalind van Hoorn who uses Walter to escape from her pursuer. Walter unintentionally gets involved with a dangerous ring of spies that are seeking a black book with notes about a hidden treasure. This movie was remade in 2013 starring Ben Stiller. See the original version. Before the movie, former film critic for National Public Radio Randy Fischer will give a mini-lecture on the film. GET YOUR FREE BIJOU PUNCH CARD PASS: Don’t forget to ask for your free Bijou Punch Card next time you are at THE BIJOU. Each time you pay for an admission your card will be punched. When you get six punches, your card then becomes a free pass which you can use yourself, give to someone else or save for a rainy day. The Bijou opens at 6:30pm. DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE LOW DESERT: From Hwy 10, take Hwy 62 north until you reach Yucca Valley. Once you are in Yucca Valley take a right at the second stoplight(Kickapoo Trail) and go 2 blocks to the stop sign(Onaga Trail) where you take a left. Go 2.8 miles and you are there(cross street is Joshua View). You will see the Bijou sign in front. The Desert Classic Film Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

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