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#98 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs
Wed, Nov 27, 7:20; Thu, Nov 28, 7:20; Sat, Nov 30, 11:00 a.m.
“The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the
chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.” Or is it the
flagon with the dragon? One of Danny Kaye’s best-loved films,
THE COURT JESTER was, at the time of its release, the most
expensive screen comedy to date—and a box office flop. But
over the years it became a television matinee staple, delighting
multiple generations with its witty wordplay, and Kaye and
company’s spoofy tomfoolery with the swashbuckler’s well-worn
genre conventions. With Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury,
Glynis Johns, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick and John
DIR/SCR/PROD Melvin Frank, Norman Panama. US, 1956, color, 101 min.
Wed, Nov 27, 5:00; Thu, Nov 28, 5:00; Fri, Nov 29, 11:05 a.m.
"Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller
named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life,
but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." Gifted
song-and-dance man Danny Kaye stars as Andersen, a
small-town cobbler and storyteller who heads to Copenhagen
to make it as a big-time writer. There he falls for a ballerina (Zizi
Jeanmaire), inspires ballets, and of course spins a few yarns for
the local children. A huge box office success, the film earned
six Academy Award nominations for its music, set design,
costumes, and its Technicolor cinematography.
DIR Charles Vidor; SCR
Moss Hart, from a story by Myles Connolly; PROD Samuel Goldwyn. US, 1952, color, 112 min.
Danny Kaye Centennial
Fri, Dec 20, 3:30; Sat, Dec 21, 11:10 a.m.; Sun, Dec 22,
11:10 a.m.; Mon, Dec 23, 12 noon; Tue, Dec 24, 12 noon
The Muppets' version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among
the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as
Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss
Piggy as his wife Emily and Kermit's nephew Robin as Tiny Tim,
plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome
creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop for the Ghosts of
Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR
Jerry Juhl, from the story by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min. RATED G
25th Anniversary!
Fri, Dec 20, 9:15; Mon, Dec 23, 9:45; Tue, Dec 24, 9:45
In LA to visit his estranged wife, Bonnie Bedelia, tough-as-nails
NY cop Bruce Willis barely has time to feel out of place at her
company Christmas party before a band of terrorists takes the
building hostage, demanding the $600 million in the company
vault. Masterminding the terror plot is sophisticated villain Alan
Rickman; bumbling the response are the LAPD and the FBI.
Willis is in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he's the right
man for the job, fighting his way through "forty stories of sheer
adventure" in this supremely well-crafted, characterized, exciting
and often hilarious thrill ride—much imitated, never equaled
and still unsurpassed.
DIR John McTiernan; SCR Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza, from
the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorp; PROD Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon. US,
1988, color, 131 min. RATED R
45th Anniversary!
Mon, Dec 23, 4:25; Tue, Dec 24, 4:25
Christmas, 1183: Intrigue abounds at the court of England’s
Henry II (Peter O’Toole). With an eye towards succession,
Henry backs his younger son, Prince John (Nigel Terry); his
estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn),
backs the eldest son, Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins,
in his screen debut). The family’s various schemes against
each other launch a dizzying array of plots and counterplots.
Nominated for seven Oscars, with Hepburn winning Best
Actress (as she did the year before, for GUESS WHO’S
COMING TO DINNER), James Goldman Best Adapted
Screenplay (based on his own play), and John Barry Best
DIR Anthony Harvey; SCR James Goldman, from his play; PROD Martin Poll. UK, 1968,
color, 134 min. RATED PG
Fri, Dec 13, 12:45; Sun, Dec 15, 11:00 a.m.
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as army vets-cum-nightclub
impresarios who fall for a beguiling sister act in the form of
Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Smitten with the sisters, they
follow them from Miami, Florida, to Pine Tree, Vermont, where
they are booked to appear in a Christmas show. This
Technicolor musical, the biggest box office hit of 1954 and
the first film shot in VistaVision, includes Irving Berlin’s “White
Christmas”—already an Oscar-winning song, from its screen
introduction 12 years earlier in HOLIDAY INN—plus Oscar
nominee “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep),” “Sisters,”
and “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.”
DIR Michael
Curtiz; SCR Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank; PROD Robert Emmett Dolan. US,
1954, color, 120 min. NOT RATED
November 27 – December 15
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