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


Thursdays, September 20th, October 4 & 11 2012 at 6pm
Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

ADMISSION IS FREE - Click here to learn more about PSIFS membership

Please join us for three timeless screen gems inspired by
Mark Cousins' 15-hour film "The Story of Film: An Odyssey"

Note: the three films are free and open to the public and held in the Palm Springs Art Museum's downstairs Annenberg Theater on Thursday evenings at 6PM

The 15-hour film "The Story of Film" is being presented by the Palm Springs International Film Society in 8 seession from Sept. 9th - October 28th at 2PM in the Museum's 3rd Floor Lecture Hall. Pricing information for "The Story of Film" is available at

Click here for the series flyer.

(1931) - 87 minutes

Thursday, September 20th, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Several years into the talkie revolution that swept Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin chose to go against the grain by releasing CITY LIGHTS as a silent film, save for its musical score and a few sound effects. The result was one of his most popular and critically ac-claimed films. Once again cast as the Little Tramp, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), who through a series of coincidences, has gotten the impression that the shabby tramp is a millionaire. A beguiling blend of comedy and drama, CITY LIGHTS contains some of the funniest and most poignant scenes in movie history.

"If only one of Charles Chaplin's films could be preserved, CITY LIGHTS would come the closest to representing all the different notes of his genius." - Roger Ebert

(1937) - 113 minutes

Thursday, October 4th, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and his mechan-ic, Lieutenant Maréchal (Jean Gabin) are shot down by Captain von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim), who treats them with customary officers' hospitality. The two downed pilots are then sent to a German POW camp, where they quickly join a group of prisoners who have concocted an elaborate escape plan. The first foreign language film ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar® (1938), GRAND ILLUSION is regarded by critics and film historians as one of the masterpieces of French cinema and among the greatest films ever made. This screening of the beautifully restored, brand new Blu-Ray is the first on the West Coast.

"If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be GRAND ILLUSION." - Orson Welles

(1961) - 110 minutes

Thursday, October 11th, at 6:00 p.m.
Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic YOJIMBO, the most popular of Kurosawa's films in Japan. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. The film's look and themes were in part inspired by the Western and, in turn, Mifume's brilliant characterization of Sanjuro became the inspira-tion for Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name in A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. The beautiful cinematography is restored to its original splendor in this 2010 Criterion Collection Blu-Ray.

"Rousing, good story, told with vigor and visual excitement by Akira Kurosawa, and splendidly acted by Toshiro Mifune." - Variety