Winner of 7 Oscars, Postwar Film "The Best Years of Our Lives"
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The last date listed for "The Best Years of Our Lives" was Saturday April 28, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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Brimming with atmosphere, gangsters and a sparkling jazz soundtrack, Robert Altman's Kansas City brings the 1930s to life. Before the screening, a member of the star-studded cast will be on hand at the beautiful historic Alex Theatre for a Q&A. Plus, Altman family home movies will be shown with commentary by a member of the family. When Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh)'s husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney), a petty thief, is taken prisoner by gangster Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), Blondie launches a desperate plan to release him. She kidnaps the wife of a powerful local politician (Miranda Richardson) to force him into using his connections to free Johnny. Michael Murphy and Steve Buscemi co-star. Learn More
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Featured review from Mark Abajian
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The Alex Film Society holds "revival" screenings of films in the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. There are only a handful of screenings a year, and the quality of the films ranges from classics like Hitchcock's "Notorious" to the playful shorts of The Three Stooges.
Winner of 7 Oscars, "The Best Years of Our Lives" played in glorious black-and-white, and ran just under three hours. The print quality was excellent for the first 8 reels, but there was some damage on the 9th (final) reel. The sound quality was satisfactory.
This was an excellent value for the price. As in many "upscale" revival settings, the Alex Theatre does not offer food nor drink, and patrons are barred from bringing anything into the theater except bottled water. Note, however, that Alex Film Society members who hold tickets to the evening performance are often treated to a members-only reception with wine or champagne. (It's unclear whether film society members who show up with Goldstar tickets will be invited in to the reception, though.)
Three American servicemen return home to Boone City after the war, to find their lives irrevocably changed by their military experience. Homer Parrish has lost his hands, and has become distant from his fiancee and family as he struggles to overcome his disability. Al Stephenson returns to a family which has grown and changed during his three years away. And Fred Derry finds himself stuck in a lousy job and a loveless marriage, while at the same time falling in love with Al’s daughter. Together, the three must find a way to come to terms with their experiences and pick up the pieces, lest wartime turn out to be “the best years of their lives”. (IMDB.com)
Also on the program will be a classic cartoon and selected short subjects. Goldstar patrons rave about classic films on the big screen of the Alex Theatre, come see what they are talking about!