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New Meetup: EAST OF EDEN@The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, June 27th @ 5-6pm

From: user 3.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:44 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: EAST OF EDEN@The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, June 27th @ 5-6pm

When: June 27,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Well, I simply love seeing films at the cemetery! Thus far this year, there have been some great selections. This Saturday night (the 20th) is a must see: EAST OF EDEN with James Dean (made him a star). This is a film that perhaps only you classic film buffs have seen, but it's great and I highly recommend that you join me.

Here's the lowdown on the cemetery. Tickets are $10 and you pay when they open the gates (CASH). If you get there early, there is plenty of street parking on Santa Monica Blvd. If you get there late, you will park in the cemetery, and the fee is $5.

***Note, that if you arrive late, it will be nearly impossible to find us. Moreover, many of these films sell out.

For those of you who have never been, yes, this film screening is in the cemetery. They project the film on the side of a mausoleum. Fear not, the seating area is not amongst the grave stones. Bring your favorite food/drinks and of course, a blanket. LOW BACK chairs are permitted (stadium chairs), but not regular lawn chairs. You can purchase one at Target. Think about it people, how could anyone see the film if you are sitting in a chair?? The film starts at 8:30 pm and the gates open at 7:00 pm. People start lining up at the gate for these films quite early (4:30 pm). The closer you are to the gate, the better locations you get for your blankets, and the more time you have to picnic. I will be in line around 4:30-5pm, so look for me near the front. For those of you who don't know me, I will have a purple balloon with me. Hopefully several of you will join me early in line, so that we can rush in when the gates open and stake out some good turf. I can't do it alone. If you arrive later and need to find out group... look for my balloon, give me a call at:[masked], and finally, I try to always sit in the center of the screen just a couple rows back from the front. Finally, it's going to get chilly once the sun goes down, so bring a jacket.

***Everyone bring some food, and we can set up a big potluck dinner. Its should be alot of fun.


Film Summary:

Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations

This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Only Aron's girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) and kindly old sheriff Sam Burl Ives) can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal.

When Adam invests in a chancy and wholly unsuccessful method of shipping his crops east, his wealth plummets. In an effort to save the business, Cal obtains money from his estranged mother (the proprietor of a whorehouse) and invests it in a risky new bean crop. The gamble pays off (thanks in no small part to the war), but Adam refuses to take the money from Cal, and the resultant quarrel causes Adam to have a stroke. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination, for Best Actor.

dj john tripp spins before and after the screening

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/West-los-Angeles-film-fanatics-group/calendar/10723155/

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