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Burt Lancaster, Part 1
Sat, Apr 5, 11:10 a.m.; Sun, Apr 6, 9:30
“Once I trusted a dame…now I walk alone.” After doing 14
years in jail, ex-bootlegger Burt Lancaster looks up his old
partner Kirk Douglas to collect on his half of their operation,
as they agreed before Lancaster got pinched. But Prohibition’s
over and Douglas has long since gone legit, and isn’t about to
cut a mug like Lancaster in on his swanky new nightclub now.
Sultry singer Lizabeth Scott and Lancaster’s brother Wendell
Corey, both on Douglas’ payroll, find their loyalties divided
and allegiances in flux as the two former friends become bitter
DIR Byron Haskin; SCR Charles Schnee, from the play "Beggars Are Coming to
Town" by Theodore Reeves; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1948, b&w, 97 min. NOT RATED
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
Mon, Feb 24, 5:00; Tue, Feb 25, 3:00; Thu, Feb 27, 5:00
Legendary sports hero Jim Thorpe’s life story—from Oklahoma
Native American reservation to Carlisle College track and
football phenom to 1912 Olympic medalist to pro football and
major league baseball player—gets the big screen treatment,
directed by versatile vet Michael Curtiz. As Thorpe, Lancaster
gives a moving performance, combining the requisite physicality
of a prodigiously gifted athlete with a soulful sensitivity.
DIR Michael
Curtiz; SCR Douglas Morrow; SCR/PROD Everett Freeman. US, 1951, b&w, 107 min. NOT RATED
60th Anniversary!
Sat, Mar 8, 11:00 a.m.; Mon, Mar 10, 5:15; Thu, Mar 13, 5:15
Scheduled for deportation along with his fellow Apache
warriors to a Florida reservation following the surrender of their
Chief Geronimo (Monte Blue), Massai (Lancaster) escapes
from his prison train and makes his way on foot back to his
homeland, with plans to settle down for a peaceable life of
farming. But the vengeful US Cavalry has other ideas. Robert
Aldrich’s gritty Western is deftly attuned to the inconvenient
truths propping up the white man’s “civilization” of the “savage”
frontier, and represents one of the earliest examples of the
revisionist Western.
DIR Robert Aldrich; SCR James R. Webb, from the novel by Paul
Wellman; PROD Harold Hecht. US, 1954, color, 86 min. NOT RATED
Mon, Mar 3, 5:15; Tue, Mar 4, 9:30; Wed, Mar 5, 5:15
In the pirate-infested Caribbean of the late 18th century,
Captain Vallo (Lancaster) matches wits with both the British
King’s special envoy Baron Gruda (Leslie Bradley) and rebel
leader El Libre (Frederick Leister), hoping to play one against
the other and make off with a fortune. But El Libre’s beautiful
daughter Consuelo (Eva Bartok) might make a hero out of
this rogue yet. Lancaster impresses with his derring-do and
extensive stunt work in this key swashbuckler film, the one that
links Fairbanks and Flynn with Depp’s iconic performance as
Captain Jack Sparrow in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.
DIR Robert
Siodmak; SCR Roland Kibbee; PROD Harold Hecht, Burt Lancaster. US/UK, 1952, color, 105 min.
Sat, Mar 15, 11:05 a.m.; Mon, Mar 17, 3:00
Looking to branch out from the tough guy roles that made him
a star, Lancaster impressed critics and the public alike with
his portrayal of youngest son Chris Keller opposite troubled
patriarch Joe Keller (Edward G. Robinson) in the screen
adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play. The Keller defense contracting
business made a fortune during WWII, but a scandal now
shadows the family. Son Chris falls in love with Ann (Louisa
Horton), the daughter of his father’s jailed ex-business partner,
and formerly the fiancée of his older brother Larry, killed in
the war. The announcement of their engagement leads to
revelations about the past and the two families’ intertwined fate.
DIR Irving Reis; SCR/PROD Chester Erskine, from the play by Arthur Miller. US, 1948, b&w, 94
Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Fri, Feb 28, 5:15; Mon, Mar 3, 9:20; Tue, Mar 4, 5:15;
Wed, Mar 5, 9:30; Thu, Mar 6, 5:15
Confined to a bed in her Manhattan penthouse, invalid heiress
Barbara Stanwyck busies herself calling around town keeping
tabs on wandering husband Burt Lancaster. When a crossed
wire results in her overhearing someone else's conversation—the
plotting of a murder—the already tightly wound Stanwyck goes
hysterical, calling frantically in search of someone who will
believe her. Adapted from a radio play, the twist-ridden finale will
please film noir fans. Stanwyck's fourth Oscar nomination.
PROD Anatole Litvak; SCR Lucille Fletcher; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1948, b&w, 89 min. NOT RATED
Sat, Feb 22, 11:05 a.m.; Mon, Feb 24, 3:00;
Tue, Feb 25, 5:15; Thu, Feb 27, 3:00
Lancaster’s athleticism and years of circus training are deployed
to entertainingly acrobatic effect in his role as Dardo, leader of
a peasant uprising, in this swashbuckling romp, a Robin Hood-
esque tale set in 12th century Lombardy. A dispute with Hessian
Count Ulrich (Frank Allenby) results in the kidnapping of Dardo’s
son and his imprisonment in the tyrannical nobleman’s castle,
leading to the first of many balletic skirmishes, swashbuckling
stunts and daring escapes. Stylishly directed by Jacques
Tourneur (OUT OF THE PAST), with Technicolor photography
by the great Ernest Haller; screenplay by Waldo Salt.
DIR Jacques
Tourneur; SCR Waldo Salt; PROD Frank Ross, Harold Hecht. US, 1950, color, 88 min. NOT RATED
Sat, Mar 29, 1:30; Thu, Apr 3, 5:15
Lancaster’s passion project, bringing the intense professionalism,
discipline, showmanship and bravery of the world’s greatest
circus artists to the big screen, was a smash hit around the
globe. Former circus star Mike Ribble (Lancaster), who was
gravely injured and nearly lost his life after a mishap doing a
triple somersault, takes on talented young acrobat Tino Orsini
(Tony Curtis) as his protégé. The two men’s friendship and focus
is threatened by another up-and-coming aerialist, the exotic,
ruthlessly ambitious Lola (Gina Lollobrigida).
DIR Carol Reed; SCR James R.
Webb; PROD James Hill. US, 1956, color, 105 min. NOT RATED
Fri, Mar 7, 5:15; Mon, Mar 10, 7:05
In the days leading up to the December 7 attack on Pearl
Harbor, private dramas and grudges hold sway over the restless
army community: independent-minded private Montgomery
Clift resists his captain’s overtures to box, preferring romance
with club hostess Donna Reed; sergeant Burt Lancaster silently
seethes under the command of incompetent officers, and, not-so
coincidentally, takes up with officer's wife Deborah Kerr; and
big-mouthed private Frank Sinatra runs afoul of sadistic sergeant
Ernest Borgnine. Nominated for 13 Academy Awards, winning
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Sinatra and
Best Supporting Actress for Reed.
DIR Fred Zinnemann; SCR Daniel Taradash,
from the novel by James Jones; PROD Buddy Adler. US, 1953, b&w, 118 min. NOT RATED
Sat, Mar 29, 11:05 a.m.; Tue, Apr 1, 5:15
Boozy, reclusive widow Anna Magnani gets her groove
back after hunky young truck driver Burt Lancaster moves in
as a boarder. Adapted from the play by Tennessee Williams,
written with the great Magnani expressly in mind for the
lead. Nominated for eight Oscars, winning three, including
Magnani for Best Actress and James Wong Howe for b&w
DIR Daniel Mann; SCR Tennessee Williams, from his play; PROD Hal B.
Wallis. US, 1955, b&w, 117 min. NOT RATED
60th Anniversary!
Fri, Mar 21, 5:15; Sat, Mar 22, 11:05 a.m.; Tue, Mar 25, 7:20
Burt Lancaster and
Gary Cooper are rival
soldiers of fortune south
of the border, looking to
cash in on the Mexican
Revolution by selling their
services to the highest
bidder. But they'll have
to join forces if they want
to claim a big payday,
escorting the Countess
Duvarre (Denise Darcel)
cross-country to Vera
Cruz on the Gulf coast.
When her armed escort's
hired guns—including
Ernest Borgnine, Charles
Bronson and Jack Elam—
discover that the countess
is transporting $3M in gold earmarked for the French army,
chivalry goes out the window and it's every man for himself.
Robert Aldrich; SCR Roland Kibbee, James R. Webb, from a story by Borden Chase; PROD James
Hill. US, 1954, color, 94 min. NOT RATED
Sun, Mar 16, 11:00 a.m.; Thu, Mar 20, 3:00
Daniel Mann’s big-screen debut, from the play by William Inge
three Oscar nominations, with Shirley Booth winning Best
Actress. Middle-aged couple “Doc” Delaney (Lancaster) and
wife Lola (Booth) have a lifetime of regret and recrimination
behind them, not to mention Doc’s raging alcoholism, now
under control with the help of AA. But their dull lives change
after they take in college co-ed Marie (Terry Moore) as a
boarder, stirring up long-suppressed tensions between the
couple, and unruly passions in Doc. The masterfully composed
b&w photography is by James Wong Howe.
DIR Daniel Mann; SCR Ketti
Frings, from the play by William Inge; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1952, b&w, 95 min. NOT RATED
Sun, Apr 6, 11:00 a.m.; Mon, Apr 7, 2:30; Tue, Apr 8, 2:30;
Thu, Apr 10, 2:30
Following a years-long feud and the murder of his brother
Virgil, lawman Wyatt Earp (Lancaster) shoots it out with the
cattle-rustling Clanton/McLowery gang in Tombstone, Arizona,
backed by a posse of his surviving brothers and gambler Doc
Holliday (Kirk Douglas). John Sturges’ iconic Western was a
box-office smash, launching the greatly embellished telling of the
real-life tale into the pop cultural firmament. With Dennis Hopper,
Lee Van Cleef, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, John Ireland, Jack
Elam and STAR TREK’s DeForest Kelley. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.
DIR John Sturges; SCR Leon Uris; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1957, color, 122 min. NOT RATED
Sun, Mar 23, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, Mar 25, 5:15
Lancaster’s lone solo directorial effort is this engaging Western
adventure, filmed in stunning Technicolor CinemaScope by
Ernest Laszlo and featuring a score by Bernard Herrmann.
In 1820s Kentucky, recently widowed frontiersman Big Eli
Wakefield (Lancaster) and son Little Eli (Donald MacDonald)
pack up and head for Texas to make a new life. Stopping
over to visit brother John McIntyre in the river town of Humility,
the Wakefields become embroiled in both a local feud and
romantic intrigue. With Walter Matthau, in his feature debut, as
whip-wielding saloon keeper Stan Bodine, plus Dianne Foster,
Diana Lynn, Una Merkel and John Carradine.
DIR Burt Lancaster; SCR A.
B. Guthrie, Jr.; PROD Harold Hecht. US, 1955, color, 104 min. NOT RATED
Fri, Apr 11, 5:00; Sat, Apr 12, 5:25; Sun, Apr 13, 1:00;
Mon, Apr 14, 5:00; Wed, Apr 16, 5:00; Thu, Apr 17, 3:00, 5:00
"I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of
arsenic." The nastiest, most acid-tongued indictment of the
power of the press ever produced. Burt Lancaster gives a
legendary performance as J. J. Hunsecker, the most feared
columnist in New York, who delights in making desperate press
agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) do his dirty deeds. Simply put:
one of the most enjoyably unpleasant films ever made.
DIR Alexander Mackendrick; SCR Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman; PROD James Hill. US, 1957, b&w,
96 min. NOT RATED
“Caustically brilliant! James Wong Howe's black-and-
white cinematography is among the best in the film-noir
genre, and the performances of Lancaster and Curtis—
both playing against type—rank among their greatest.”
—Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
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