On Saturday, February 24, the Secret Cinema will salute the upcoming
Academy Award ceremony with a special program at the Fleisher Art
Memorial. AND THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: OSCAR-WINNING SHORT FILMS 1932-1968
will feature shorts familiar to film buffs as well as several that have
been completely forgotten. We feel they all deserve to be seen again! They
include live-action short dramas and comedies, documentaries and cartoons,
from America and abroad.
There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00
The screening will be shown in the beautiful Sanctuary of the Fleisher Art
Memorial in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood (just South of Center
City). Free parking is available in the Fleisher’s parking lot, just
across the street.
As usual, this Secret Cinema program will be projected in 16mm film on a
giant screen (not video).
A few highlights of the program include:
THE MUSIC BOX (1932, Dir: James Parrott) – The most famous, and arguably
funniest and best short comedy of Laurel and Hardy is built around the
simplest premise: Stan and Ollie must move a piano up a large set of
stairs. Director Parrott was the younger brother of another comedy star at
the Hal Roach studio, Charlie Chase.
GLASS (1959, Dir: Bert Haanstra) – This wordless look at glassmaking in
Holland was perfectly edited and synchronized to a lively jazz score, and
resulted in a startling new (and oft-imitated) style of documentary film.
THE GOLDEN FISH (1959, Dir: Edmond Séchan) – Jacques Cousteau produced
this charming little film, about a boy who wins a goldfish at a carnival,
and the drama that develops when he leaves his new pet alone with a cat.
Besides an Oscar, THE GOLDEN FISH also won the International Critics’
Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
WHY MAN CREATES (1968, Dir: Saul Bass) – This unusual, multi-dimensional
film was made by Saul Bass, the graphic designer best known for his
highly-original title sequences for feature films by Otto Preminger and
Alfred Hitchcock. In a series of segments employing animation, graphics
and live-action, the film earnestly (and sometimes whimsically) explores
the age-old riddle of the title.
Plus THE CRITIC (1963), HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (1962), and more!