Palm Springs International Film Society and the Palm Springs Art Museum present

CLASSIC COMEDY FILM SERIES


Thursdays, August 22nd - September 19th, 2013 at 6pm
in the Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs


ADMISSION IS FREE

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SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS
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Thursday, August 22nd, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Preston Sturges
Starring:
Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake
Release Date: January 28, 1942
Running Time:
90 mins.

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Movie director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), fed up with the lightweight comedies that have made him a popular success, wishes to make a serious social statement with his next movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Disguised as a tramp, he goes on the road to connect with the common people, where he meets a down-on-her-luck actress (Veronica Lake).











HARVEY
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Thursday, August 29th, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Henry Koster
Starring:
James Stewart, Josephine Hull
Release Date: October 13, 1950
Running Time:
104 mins.

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This whimsical fantasy from Henry Koster (The Bishop's Wife, My Man Godfrey) stars James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, a wealthy tippler who's driven his snooty sister Veta (Josephine Hull) to distraction with his eccentric antics, and particularly with his constant imaginary companion, Harvey - a six foot rabbit with a heart of gold.

At her wit's end, Veta finally decides to commit Elwood to a sanitarium, but at this juncture things start to go amusingly awry. The film won Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for Hull in the role of Elwood's frustrated sister, and Stewart received Best Actor nominations from both awards organizations for his role as the sweet natured - if delusional - Dowd.












THE APARTMENT
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Thursday, September 5th, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Billy Wilder
Starring:
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
Release Date: June 15, 1960
Running Time:
125 minutes

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By loaning out his New York apartment to his superiors for their trysts, C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) rises rapidly up the corporate ladder. The arrangement turns sour when he discovers that the woman he pines for, elevator operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), is his boss Jeff Sheldrake's (Fred MacMurray) latest conquest.










YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
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Thursday, September 12th, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Mel Brooks
Starring:
Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle
Release Date: December 15, 1974
Running Time:
106 mins.

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Mel Brooks' pitch-perfect send-up of Universal Studios' monster movies of the 1930's features brilliant comedic turns from Gene Wilder (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Brooks), Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman, along with a monster (Peter Boyle) who manages to be horrifying and hilarious in equal measures.

The fun begins as the straight-laced grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) learns he's become the sole heir to his family's estate in Transylvania, and journeys back to the ancestral home to claim his inheritance.

Initially resisting any professional link to his grandfather's exploits, things begin to change when he discovers the previous Dr. Frankenstein's notes, and he soon finds himself falling under the spell of both his grandfather's experiments and the crew of zany characters who look after the estate.







RAISING ARIZONA
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Thursday, September 19th, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Joel Coen
Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter
Release Date: March 13, 1987

Running Time:
94 mins.

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The first mainstream hit from Oscar winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, True Grit), this wildly creative comedy features deliciously deranged performances from Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as a hopelessly naive young couple who decide that the solution to their childless marital state is to kidnap a baby from a local tycoon whose wife has given birth to quintuplets, setting in motion a series of events with hilariously unintended consequences.