- Film Festival
On Wednesday PFS presented The Philadelphia Story (1940) (IHouse) as the first Filmadelphia Classic of the new season. As you’ll recall, this year members and PFS followers got to vote on the classic films we’ll see during the year.
The Philadelphia Story used to be one of my very favorite film from the age of 12 to about 16 or so. My younger sister and I used to watched it quite often; thinking on it now, we must have been rather sophisticated kids, as its themes and dialogue would seem to have been over our heads. We never really discussed why we liked the movie so much; yes, we were in love with Cary Grant, but Houseboat or That Touch of Mink (other favorites) would have been a bit more in line for 10 and 12 year olds.
Having lost track of my VHS tape of the movie years ago, I have to say it was quite a treat, and a bit of nostalgia getting a chance to see it on the big screen, like visiting an old friend.
I talked to some audience members before the screening -
Anna Bean and James Myers are not yet members, but they follow PFS e-newsletters and were excited to see The Philadelphia Story be part of the classic series. This movie is among their top 5 favorites, and we’re not just talking top 5 Cary Grant or Katherine Hepburn movies. The best parts for them: A drunken Jimmy Stewart and dirty old Uncle Willie (Roland Young).
These two ladies, Tina Hogan and Bobbi Ruby, told me neither have ever even attempted to read a blog. Hopefully, being featured on one will make them change their minds and become blog reading enthusiasts, making comments on at least 10 blogs a day!
They are however, PFS members. Tina became a member during the spring preview and Bobbi joined this fall during the 19th PFF. I asked them what movies they’ve seen during the festivals that stood out in their minds and they both were in agreement that The Good, the Bad and The Weird was one of their favorites, in fact they saw it twice!
They are both really cognizant of a film’s score and soundtrack, and were swept away by the underscore during the desert chase scene. “It was high beat, high energy, fast past, a little Mexican, classical, western, full of all kinds of elements that made it a fun thing to listen to”.
I stupidly didn’t think to ask them their Oscar pick for this year’s Original Score and Original Song.
The post screening Philadelphia Story film discussion given by Justin Ennis, was worth staying for; I like hearing the behind the scenes history of a film. But I’ll be honest, right now I’m too lazy to transcribe even highlights of the tape. I suggest everyone come to the next Filmadelphia Classics on March 23rd – Trading Places- and stay to hear the talk!
Speaking of transcribing – This week one of the sneak previews was Paul Giamatti’s new film, Win Win. After the screening Actor/Writer/Director Tom McCarthy and newcomer, Alex Shaffer were present for a Q &A. On top of which, PFS was invited to a roundtable interview the next day at The Four Seasons, of which yours truly got to be the interviewer – big fun for me! So stay tuned for my Win Win commentary and Q & A .
Enjoy the 83rd Annual Academy Awards – I’ll be reporting from The Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s Oscar Party and Simulcast!