12 ANGRY MEN & MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Saturday, October 28
12 ANGRY MEN
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb
7:30 screening introduced by Scott Eyman, author of Hank and Jim: the Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart, with book signing following the screening.
(1957) Open and shut case, right? But Juror #8 Henry Fonda just isn’t convinced, in the ultimate jury room drama. Adapting from a TV play, Lumet eschewed “opening out” while making the stifling jury room progressively even more claustrophobic via lighting and lens changes. Golden Bear Berlin Film Festival, Oscar nominations for Screenplay, Film, and Director. 35mm. Approx. 95 min.
“Generates more suspense than most thrillers. Lumet’s direction is so sure-fire that the movie has the crackle of a hit.”
– Pauline Kael
“Lumet shows himself a director of more than ordinary gifts... We must take this director seriously.”
– François Truffaut
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Directed by Frank Capra
Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, and Claude Rains
4:55 screening introduced by Scott Eyman, author of Hank and Jim: the Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart, with book signing following the screening.
(1939) Naïve scout leader James Stewart, with tart-tongued reporter Jean Arthur in tow, finds Washington ain’t all monuments, while Senator Claude Rains and Boss Edward Arnold provide the requisite dishonor to the American way of life. The D.C. premiere occasioned massive congressional backlash. DCP. Approx. 129 min.
“QUINTESSENTIAL CAPRA - popular wish-fulfilment served up with such fast-talking comic panache that you don't have time to question its cornball idealism.”
– Nigel Floyd, Time Out (London)