By Jim Reed/SMN
on Oct. 26, the Tybee Post Theater will present director Billy Wilder’s adorable 1954 romantic love-triangle comedy “Sabrina,” starring Audrey Hepburn and the great Francis X. Bushman, as part of that historic venue’s Girls’ Night Out series of romantic tearjerkers from days gone by.
The tale of a shy and awkward daughter (Hepburn) of a wealthy society family’s chauffer who finds herself attracting the amorous attention of said family’s two handsome sons (played by Humphrey Bogart and William Holden) was nominated for a whopping six Academy Awards, winning one. If you’ve never seen it before, catch it like this — on the big screen. It holds up amazingly well, even after more than 60 years. 7 p.m. showtime, with admission price including a glass of wine or beer (if you’re old enough).
By Jim Reed/SMN
On Feb. 23, the Tybee Post Theater presents a “Girls Night Out,” by showing controversial director Elia Kazan’s masterful 1951 silver screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Set in a rundown New Orleans tenement building, it focuses on the emotionally scarred former public school teacher Blanche DuBois and her relationships with family members and acquaintances after transplanting herself to the French Quarter.
The film is uncommonly close to its original stage production, owing to the fact that Kazan also directed the play on Broadway, and several key cast members (including Karl Malden, Kim Hunter and Marlon Brando) reprise their roles from that very same production. “Streetcar” resulted in Brando’s first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. In fact, the film set a record by becoming the very first motion picture to ever win an Academy Award in three distinct acting categories: Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role.
A triumphant showcase for charismatic personalities, “A Streetcar Named Desire” is surely one of the most mesmerizing motion pictures of its era, and one that still resonates strongly today, more than six decades later. Showtime is 7 p.m., with $10 admission (includes a glass of wine and a package of tissues in case you are overcome with emotion).
Until next week, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don’t forget to turn off that cell phone.