Austin Film Society presents Series: Home for the Holidays
Austin Film Society will some of their favorite Hollywood holiday classics on the big screen.
- December 22 (6:30 pm) and 24 (4 pm): Christmas In Connecticut - Barbara Stanwyck plays a nationally popular newspaper columnist whose image is that of the perfect suburban wife and mother, when in fact she is a single workaholic who lives in a New York apartment. When her publisher contrives a scheme to have her host a returning war hero she has to scramble to assemble a perfect home and family.
- December 22 (9 pm), 25 (7 pm), and 30: The Thin Man - William Powell and Myrna Loy star as one of the screen’s most effervescent couples as they navigate a Christmas in New York and try to solve a murder in this adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s sly, gin-soaked novel.
- December 24 (1 pm) and 25 (4:30 pm): White Christmas - Take unforgettable music by Irving Berlin (“Sisters”), stunning dance sequences choreographed by none other than a young apprentice named Bob Fosse, add Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye to the mix, and it’s no wonder that White Christmas was the biggest Hollywood hit of 1954. The celebration of wartime male camaraderie at the center of the story makes the film a time capsule of Hollywood values of the mid ‘50s.
- December 24 (7 pm), 25 (2 pm), and 29: It's A Wonderful Life - Jimmy Stewart takes a journey into an alternate reality in which he never made an impact on his community. Frank Capra’s holiday classic is often considered sentimental or corny, but a fresh reading reveals it as the nuanced and frequently dark film it is, strong medicine for its post-war times. Fundamentally a film about civic interdependency and the value of the decent individual, it seems as urgent today as ever.