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Where & When--
5:15 pm--Meet at the Firewood Cafe (18th near Collingwood) for a quick dinner of thin-crust pizza, pasta and salads. Firewood offers counter service. See menu and prices here: www.firewoodcafe.com (http://www.firewoodcafe.com/castro.html)
6:20 pm--Walk a couple of blocks to the Castro Theater to pick up our tickets at will-call. Buy your tickets in advance, as I expect the theater to be crowded and tickets may sell out.
6:30 pm--If you skipped dinner, meet me in the ticket-holders line in front of the theater or, if the audience has been allowed in, meet me at the foot of staircase to the right of the concession stand as you enter the lobby.
6:40 pm--I will be taking my seat in the theater and will not hold any seats past 6:40 pm. The movie starts at 7:00 pm.
Prix de Beaute--
Prix de Beauté marks Louise Brooks’s last starring role in a feature. Less known than her work with G.W. Pabst (Pandora’s Box, Diary of a Lost Girl), Prix de Beauté was marred by its foray into early sound (Brooks’s voice was dubbed). This presentation is the superior silent version recently restored by the Cineteca di Bologna. Brooks is stunning as Lucienne, the “everygirl” typist who enters a beauty contest and is introduced to a shiny world of fame and modernity. But Prix’s script, a collaboration between René Clair and G.W. Pabst, doesn’t leave Lucienne in a fairy tale bubble but leads to a powerful, moving denouement. Cinematographers Rudolph Maté and Louis Née make beautiful use of Brooks’s glorious face. (Approximately 108 minutes/France 1930)
Musical Accompaniment: Stephen Horne
Director: Augusto Genina
Cast: Louise Brooks, Georges Charlia, H. Bandini, A. Nicolle, M. Ziboulsky, Yves Glad, Alex Bernard
The film is $20 ($18 for Film Society members). Tickets may sell out so buy in advance here: www.silentfilm.org (http://www.silentfilm.org/). There is an opening night party afterward at a nearby venue. I will not be going but if you want to attend you must buy a separate ticket for the party.