The series is entitled THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM: Subversive Cinema for Subversive Times, and it features hard-hitting American films from the pre-Code days to the 60s.
Here is one of the teaser postcards we've assembled to give you a taste of just how hard-hitting this series is:
How many of you recognize the actress who's wielding that machine gun?
And what movie in which she's doing not just the wielding, but the shooting?
Answer: it's at the bottom of the series lineup.
I think it's safe to say that the monicker "12 ASTOUNDING FILMS" is, as Walter Brennan used to say on THE REAL McCOYS: "No brag, just fact." The mixture of the decades, and the juxtapoisiton of the well-known, the recently rediscovered, and the still-obscure but eminently worthy, is the DNA-like signature of an Elliot Lavine series. We've needed that element in the Roxie repertory program to complement all of the work being done with rare French and international noir, and it's great to have Elliot back where he belongs.
THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM series schedule
Friday March 23
TRY AND GET ME! (1951, Cy Endfield) 7:00/BLACK LEGION (1937, Archie Mayo) 9:00
Saturday March 24
THE LAWLESS (1950, Joseph Losey) 2:00/M (1951, Joseph Losey) 3:45
THE NAKED KISS (1964, Samuel Fuller) 7:00/MARKED WOMAN (1937, Lloyd Bacon) 9:00
Sunday March 25
HEROES FOR SALE (1933, William Wellman) 1:30/THEY WON'T FORGET (1937, Mervyn LeRoy) 3:15
A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957, Elia Kazan) 6:00/MEET JOHN DOE (1941, Frank Capra) 8:30
Monday March 26
BODY AND SOUL (1947, Robert Rossen) 7:00/WE WERE STRANGERS (1949, John Huston) 9:00
Our "machine gun mama" (should we be saying such a thing in the current #metoo climate?) in the postcard image above is none other than Jennifer Jones, who co-stars with John Garfield and Pedro Armendariz in Huston's criminally unknown and underplayed WE WERE STRANGERS.
Hoping that our SF contingent will come and join us for what will almost certainly be seen as the best and timeliest series of the year in Bay Area programming.