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This Saturday: VINTAGE EPICS

The mega-budget "tentpole" movie is not a new concept. Thinking big, even grandiose, came naturally to Hollywood since its formative years; as demonstrated by these early classics, Tinseltown’s love affair with lengthy, expensive, highly-produced blockbusters is a long and profitable one. The faces and technologies have changed, but many of the conventions remain the same.


This Saturday's Movies - 7/29/2017
4:00 PM
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance throughout history.

(USA, 1916, B&W, 163 mins, dir. D.W. Griffith, with Mae Marsh & Miriam Cooper, Silent with music score)

7:00 PM
Childhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur and Messala meet again as adults, this time with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite. Framed by Messala for killing a Roman official dooms Judah as a Roman Galley slave, which he eventually is freed from and returns plotting revenge against Messala.

(USA, 1925, B&W, 143 mins, dir. Fred Niblo, with Ramon Navarro & Francis X. Bushman, silent with music score)

9:30 PM
Madariaga is an Argentinian cattle baron with two daughters: one married a Frenchman, the other a German. Similar to Arthurian Legend of two brothers (Suite du Merlin) from Le Morte d'Arthur, the film deals with the two brothers-in-laws in opposing armies during WWI.

(USA, 1921, B&W, 134 mins, dir. Rex Ingram, with Rudolph Valentino & Alice Terry, Silent with music score)

11:35 PM
An extraordinary piece of horse racing history. This "lost" original documentary was made in 1939 by Seabiscuit's owner, Charles Howard, in honor of Seabiscuit winning the coveted title of "Horse of the Year." You'll see Seabiscuit's birth, his early life in the stables, and Seabiscuit's first race where his fourth place finish earned him $50.

(USA, 1939, Color, 50 mins, dir. Manny Nathan Hahn, with Martin Mason, Charles Howard & Doc Bond)



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