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35mm Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's ON THE WATERFRONT at the Vista, Los Feli...

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4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Part of our THE INSPIRATION & THE INSPIRED series. Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 10:30a, The Vista: ON THE WATERFRONT (1954, Columbia, dir by Elia Kazan, 35mm)

In 1954, fresh from the pain and ostracization their testimony at the HUAC trials caused them (not to mention the even greater pain and suffering it caused those they named), filmmaker Elia Kazan and writer Budd Schulberg created this stunning movie starring Marlon Brando in one of his all-time greatest performances about dock worker Terry Malloy who must chose between his gangster brother and the Mafia he works for and the many Dock Workers who just want to be left alone by the corruption, go to work, and make an honest wage.

On The Waterfront is one of those thorny complicated movies with no easy answers. And that’s what makes it great. And that’s also what probably inspired Martin Scorsese to devote much of his filmmaking life to exploring the same morally ambiguous no man’s land between who we want to be and who we really are.

There would be no 1970’s American cinema without Elia Kazan. Kazan brought a level of acting brilliance, depth, and commitment to American cinema that before him had rarely been seen. Brando cited him, throughout all his decades of work, as one of the greatest directors he ever worked for.

What On The Waterfront really accomplishes is to show a far too little seen world in the 1950’s in which no one is completely innocent and no one can completely come clean. No one is completely bad but no one is completely good. We all strive, compromise, and fail day to day in our quest to keep our heads above water, to keep from getting pulled down by that vicious undertow always waiting to grab at the ankles of the weak, the helpless, the unconnected.

Brando gives a masterclass in this movie on committed empathetic performance. His Terry Malloy, the sad sack ex-boxer brother who now just wants to get clean, is as gentle and sweet and sensitive as his Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire was brutal, virile, primitive.

The movie is populated with career best performances from Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, among many others.

And its black and white commitment to the reality of the docks would pre-figure Scorsese’s own stylistic approach to the non-boxing ring sequences in RAGING BULL. And Brando’s all or nothing acting commitment would pre-figure the go for broke commitment of Robert De Niro’s.

On The Waterfront is a tough beautiful agonizing movie. America is better for it. It doesn’t offer easy answers or forgive itself. It just asks that when you make mistakes and take a beating, you find a way to get back up and return to work.

It was a message that would inspire Martin Scorsese to make one of his greatest masterpieces in. . .

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:


Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's afterwards a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 SINGLE SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all movies we’re showing within one season or multi-seasons as listed on the pass), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). We offer SPRING and SUMMER 2019 SEASON PASSES individually (for example, if you know you will be able to attend in Spring but not Summer; a great deal at $6 a ticket) and a MULTI-SEASON PASS (all 83 events in both Spring & Summer 2019, our best deal at $4.50 per ticket). These passes are available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:


If you decide to buy the SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

Each pass is available for purchase online until the start of the first event of the season that would be covered by that pass.

With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal at $9 a ticket after an All-Access pass at $4.50 or $6.00 a ticket. If you want to see all the movies in a particular series but not necessarily all the movies in a season this is the way to go.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 7 movies in the series, the pass would cost $63 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

MOVIEPASS AND OTHER PASSES LIKE IT (as of February 2019): While we do accept and want you to use your special passes, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current rules and regulations of their pass to make sure their pass is accepted for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of any outside vendor offering a pass to Los Angeles screenings or any similar service.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket as we do sometimes have to adjust the showtime to accommodate the running time of the movie.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.

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