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Announcing "Movie of the Month" New Format

From: Helen
Sent on: Monday, January 26, 2009 1:32 PM
It is my pleasure to announce that starting next month the "movie of the month" discussion series is getting a radical makeover. The discussion meetup is moving to the fourth Tuesday of the month and the film selections will have a common theme. The theme of the series for 2009 is "great films by great directors." The series will feature films by masters from Hollywood's studio era such as Ford, Welles, and Hitchcock, as well as contemporary greats like Scorsese, Altman, and Malick.

We will kick off each discussion by going around the circle and asking for everyone's first impressions of the film, then open the floor to a discussion of topics such as the film's artistic significance, place in film history, and the hallmarks of the director's style.

The first film in the series is Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr. Stewart plays a photographer immobilized by a broken leg. Stuck at home and stir-crazy, he finds distraction in watching (spying on) his neighbors across the courtyard of his apartment block. Voyeurism turns potentially deadly when he becomes convinced one of his neighbors has murdered his wife. Please join us for our discussion of one of the greatest films by the great master of suspense.

February's movie of the month discussion meetup will be held on February 24 from 7-9 at Cornerstone Coffee. There will be a social showing of the film at Gary's place on Sunday, February 15 at 3. (Normally the pre-discussion showings will be held on the Sunday before the meetup; this one has been moved up a week in deference to the Oscars broadcast.) Additional details will be posted on the site as the meetups are scheduled.

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