CinemaLit is Live Again!
After more than a year of Friday night CinemaLit discussions on Zoom, we're going live again at the Mechanics' Institute screening room. Join us at 6pm for a film followed by a lively discussion. Free refreshments! Sweet and salty snacks, juice and sparkling water.
All attendees must wear masks and bring proof of vaccination.
CinemaLit October 2021: Classics With Wit
Our first back-to-the-screening-room theme highlights sophisticated comedies of the 1930s. Each one sparkles with fantastic dialogue, peerless acting, and a few of the great screen teams of all time.
Friday, October 22 – Theodora Goes Wild (1936) – 94 minutes
Directed by Richard Boleslawski starring Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas
Theodora teaches Sunday school, plays the organ at church, and lives a sedate life in a conservative small town with two spinster aunts. She is also the author – under the pen name Caroline Adams – of The Sinner, a steamy bestselling novel that has the local ladies' literary club in an uproar. When a brief fling in New York City threatens to reveal her identity in her home town, how far will Theodora go to protect her comfortable, compartmentalized routine? Irene Dunne, who was not known as a comic actress, was uneasy about being cast in this film, but her performance as Theodora got her an Academy Award nomination.
Matthew Kennedy, CinemaLit’s curator, has written biographies of Marie Dressler, Joan Blondell, and Edmund Goulding. His book Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, was the basis of a film series on Turner Classic Movies.
“I don't have a favorite film,” Matthew says. "I find that my relationships to films, actors, genres, and directors change as I change over the years. Some don't hold up. Some look more profound, as though I've caught up with their artistry. I feel that way about Garbo, Cary Grant, director John Cassavetes, and others."
“Classic films have historical context, something only time can provide,” Matt observes. “They become these great cultural artifacts, so revealing of tastes, attitudes, and assumptions.”
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