On Friday, March 13, the Secret Cinema will present an all-new edition
of AND THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: OSCAR-WINNING SHORT FILMS. This program showcases films that rose to the highest of honors, yet unlike the longer prize-winning films of their time, are now largely forgotten. Secret Cinema feels they all deserve to be seen again! They include live-action short dramas, comedies, documentaries and cartoons.
There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00
The screening will be shown in a brand new Secret Cinema venue — the
Philadelphia Praise Center, a community center and church in the heart
of South Philly. It’s a short walk from the Broad Street Subway, Melrose
Diner and East Passyunk restaurant district.
As usual, this Secret Cinema program will be projected in 16mm film on a
giant screen (not video).
The films in this program span from 1937 through 1984. Most took the
Academy Award for best film in their category; a few were nominated but
did not win.
A few highlights of the program include:
A TIME OUT OF WAR (1954, Dir: Denis Sanders) – A provocative Civil War
drama, in which two opposing soldiers agree to hold a tense one-hour
truce. Director Sanders made this project his UCLA student thesis film,
and its success led to a career in movies and television, starting as
the second unit director of Charles Laughton’s NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.
Sanders’ final narrative feature was the cult classic INVASION OF THE
SHOULD WIVES WORK? (1937, Dir: Leslie Goodwins) – This two-reel comedy
from prolific comedy actor Leon Errol was his only Oscar-nominated work.
It was not until Errol was in his fifties that he perfected the
trademark characterization seen in nearly a hundred two-reelers, and
numerous features — and at his peak, the actor was in his sixties.
Errol usually played a balding, somewhat-irascible man with a fondness
for drinking and a knack for mix-ups with pretty girls — leading to
inevitable conflicts with his always-suspicious wife.
THE BOX (1967, Dir: Fred Wolf) – A minimally-drawn, wordless cartoon
(the only soundtrack is drummer Shelly Manne’s jazzy instrumental
music), about a man who walks into a bar with a mysterious object.
UP (1984, Dir: Mike Hoover, Tim Huntley) – There’s a cryptic,
impressionistically told story of a man who sets a hawk free, but the
centerpiece of this unusual short is a gorgeous, amazingly photographed
and unforgettable ride on a hang glider.
Plus THE STORY OF TIME (1951), A BOY AND HIS DOG (1947) and much more.