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Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Ninotchka, The Searchers, Vertigo. If titles like these don't start your cinematic blood racing -- and especially if they do -- it's time to rediscover the treasures of Hollywood's "Golden Age" (1930-1950), as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen!

The Classic Films Meetup is all about seeing great movies with other classic film fans. Our base of operations is the beautifully restored Stanford Theatre, in Palo Alto, with occasional forays to other movie palaces, like the Castro, in SF. We (almost) always start with dinner and conversation, before heading to the screening, then regroup to chat after. If that sounds like fun, join us!

Upcoming events (2)

ONLINE Lone Star (1996): Was the sheriff a legend -- or a killer?

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE NOTICE CAREFULLY. IN KEEPING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE EVENT. STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE. PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS. BE WELL. 5 IMPORTANT TO DOS AND TO KNOWS 1) View the film on DVD or your preferred streaming service prior to the event (services streaming the movie are noted below). 2) We will post and email three questions to think about a few days before the event, to help spark your thinking and foster an active discussion. 3) A link to the Zoom conference* -- visible only to those who have RSVP'd -- will be posted on this page the day before the event. The link and password will also be emailed at the same time. 4) A minimum of 6 RSVPs by 5 PM, Wednesday, July 8, will be required to hold this event. Do not wait till the last minute to sign up! 5) Only RSVP if you will attend, and keep your RSVP current. Now, John Sayles' superb, melting pot mystery... Lone Star (1996) Director: John Sayles Starring: Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Peña, Frances McDormand, Joe Morton Plot: When a long-buried skeleton turns up in the desert outside a Texas border town, the new sheriff's investigation reaches back 40 years and touches every ethnic group in the city. Exposing the past uncovers long dead conflicts, and forces him to confront his troubled relationship with his late father -- the town's much-loved former sheriff -- and his father's legacy. Could that legacy have included... murder? Writer-director and MacArthur genius award-recipient John Sayles' film is more than a great, witty, ensemble mystery; it's a brilliant, portrait of multicultural America, and a powerful statement about how systemic racism underlies and undermines so much of American history and society. One of the best films of the 1990s, it's never been more relevant. This film is available on the following streaming services: • Google Play Movies & TV • YouTube • Vudu • iTunes • Amazon Prime Video Consult the specific services for their terms, conditions, and pricing. *Learn all about Zoom with our "Zoom Basics" page: https://sites.google.com/view/classic-films-meetup-resources/home Please consider making a contribution to keep this Meetup running. Meetup's annual organizer fees are nearly $200, so please, click on this link, and make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you.

ONLINE Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949): A gentleman's guide to murder

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE NOTICE CAREFULLY. IN KEEPING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE EVENT. STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE. PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS. BE WELL. 5 IMPORTANT TO DOS AND TO KNOWS 1) View the film on DVD or your preferred streaming service prior to the event (services streaming the movie are noted below). 2) We will post and email three questions to think about a few days before the event, to help spark your thinking and foster an active discussion. 3) A link to the Zoom conference* -- visible only to those who have RSVP'd -- will be posted on this page the day before the event. The link and password will also be emailed at the same time. 4) A minimum of 6 RSVPs by 5 PM, Wednesday, July 22, will be required to hold this event. Do not wait till the last minute to sign up! 5) Only RSVP if you will attend, and keep your RSVP current. Now, the family that slays together stays together... Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Director: Robert Hamer Starring: Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, Alec Guinness (8X) Plot: On the eve of his execution for murder, the 10th Duke of Chalfont records his memoirs, recounting how he ascended to his title by systematically killing off every member of the family that stood between himself and the dukedom. The fact that all eight of the victims look suspiciously like Alec Guinness only adds to the familial connection. Widely regarded as the greatest of Ealing Studio's post-War comedies, the BBC ranked this droll, dark comedy #6 on its list of 100 Greatest British Films. This film is available on the following streaming services: • Kanopy (Free, through your local library) • Google Play Movies & TV • YouTube • Amazon Prime Video Consult the specific services for their terms, conditions, and pricing. *Learn all about Zoom with our "Zoom Basics" page: https://sites.google.com/view/classic-films-meetup-resources/home Please consider making a contribution to keep this Meetup running. Meetup's annual organizer fees are nearly $200, so please, click on this link, and make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you.

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