Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday Night at the Movies

It's unexpectedly chilly and rainy tonight, after reaching near-record highs a few days ago. At least the rain is washing away the pollen, and some in our little group are thankful to be rid of the sneezing and sniffling for a bit. We're digesting our dinner as we walk down the street, huddled under umbrellas and in our raincoats.

Tonight is a double feature, as always. First up is a bit of fun from George Melies, with his 1906 short Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship.

And then our feature presentation: Paul Leni's 1925 classic The Cat and the Canary!

Cat was such an influential picture at the time; it codified the old-dark-house elements that became such mainstays of the 20s and 30s, and influenced modern works like Scooby-Doo and others. It may seem creaky and cliched now, but imagine how fresh this all seemed back then...

Anyway, once the show's over, we retire as usual to our favorite cafe down the street, as lively discussion follows...

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