What we're about

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 (3)

ONLINE Murder, My Sweet (1944): Journeys into Madness Part II

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE EVENT. BE WELL.

This film is available on the following subscription-free streaming services:
• iTunes
• Google Play
• Microsoft
• Vudu
Consult the specific services for their terms, conditions, and pricing. See https://reelgood.com for other streaming options.

Now, like a tarantula on angel food...

Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Mike Mazurki, Anne Shirley
Plot: PI Philip Marlowe finds himself dragged -- and drugged -- into a thuggish, ex-con's search for his missing, B-girl girlfriend, while also getting mixed -- and beaten -- up trying to buy back a stolen jade necklace. As Marlowe digs deeper into the dregs of LA, he learns that it isn't just cream that rises to the top. (Based on Raymond Chandler's novel, Farewell, My Lovely.)

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 above).
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, Thursday, Oct. 21, 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. We will be tracking no-shows per our policy: https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/messages/boards/thread/52799381#[masked]

*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. Our online events are quite complex and increasingly expensive, so we need your help! Meetup still charges $200 annually, just to use the platform, so our costs are adding up! Please, make a contribution in whatever amount you can afford -- especially if you've been enjoying our online events!

For the best option, use Zelle, through your online bank account, to make a free, instant transfer, using my email address. Just send me a Message, and I'll get back to you. For other options, contact me.

ONLINE The Last Wave (1977): Journeys into Madness Part III

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE EVENT. BE WELL.

This film is available on the following subscription-free streaming services:
• iTunes
• Amazon Prime Video
Consult the specific services for their terms, conditions, and pricing. See https://reelgood.com for other streaming options.

Now, are you mukuru...?

The Last Wave (1977)
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Richard Chamberlain, David Gulpilil
Plot: A white, corporate tax lawyer is assigned to defend a group of five, Aborigine men, who have been accused of killing one of their own. Even though his clients all live in Sydney, he becomes convinced that the killing was related to some tribal ritual -- something they all deny. As he investigates, he's pulled deeper into the Aborigines' myths and psychology and suffers terrifying hallucinations of an apocalyptic flood. A brilliant, atmospheric thriller, this is the film that launched the Australian New Wave of the late 70s.

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 above).
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, Thursday, Nov. 4, 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. We will be tracking no-shows per our policy: https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/messages/boards/thread/52799381#[masked]

*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. Our online events are quite complex and increasingly expensive, so we need your help! Meetup still charges $200 annually, just to use the platform, so our costs are adding up! Please, make a contribution in whatever amount you can afford -- especially if you've been enjoying our online events!

For the best option, use Zelle, through your online bank account, to make a free, instant transfer, using my email address. Just send me a Message, and I'll get back to you. For other options, contact me.

ONLINE The Night of the Hunter (1955): Leaning on Jesus

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE EVENT. BE WELL.

This film is available on the following subscription-free streaming services:
• iTunes
• Google Play
• Microsoft
• Vudu
• Amazon Prime Video
Consult the specific services for their terms, conditions, and pricing. See https://reelgood.com for other streaming options.

Now, the eternal battle of L-O-V-E vs. H-A-T-E...

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Director: Charles Laughton
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason
Plot: A sleazy, homicidal con man, who passes himself off as an itinerant preacher, meets a condemned bank robber in prison, and tries to wheedle the location of his stolen loot out of him. When his cellmate takes the secret to the gallows, the con man sets his sights on the hanged man's widow -- and children, whom he's convinced know where the money is hidden. Charles Laughton's only directing effort takes its Southern Gothic source material on a wild detour by way of 1920s German Expressionism, creating an utterly unique nightmare fable.

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 above).
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, Thursday, Nov. 18, 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. We will be tracking no-shows per our policy: https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/messages/boards/thread/52799381#[masked]

*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. Our online events are quite complex and increasingly expensive, so we need your help! Meetup still charges $200 annually, just to use the platform, so our costs are adding up! Please, make a contribution in whatever amount you can afford -- especially if you've been enjoying our online events!

For the best option, use Zelle, through your online bank account, to make a free, instant transfer, using my email address. Just send me a Message, and I'll get back to you. For other options, contact me.

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