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35mm THE QUIET MAN St. Patrick's Weekend Matinee at the Vista, Los Feliz

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SAT, MAR 16, 2019 10am: Special St. Patrick’s Weekend Screening The Quiet Man (1952, Paramount, dir by John Ford starring John Wayne & Maureen O Hara, 129mns, 35mm) VISTA

We are showing John Ford’s classic ode to romance and an Irish sensibility that may only exist in the hearts of Irish-Americans, The Quiet Man to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2019. All Irish, Irish-Americans, and peoples of all backgrounds who want to be honorary Irish for a day are invited to watch one of Hollywood’s greatest movies.

In March, we have two days where the matinees have special relevance to the evening movie. This is the first of those days.

John Ford also happens to be one of the key influences on our evening moviemaker, Akira Kurosawa, who was so enraptured by Ford and Ford’s filmmaking that he took to wearing dark sunglasses in honor of the American filmmaker he so revered. There’s a true story of Ford and Kurosawa meeting in the aftermath of World War II and Ford helping Kurosawa at a particular moment in Kurosawa’s career, almost mystically passing the baton to the Japanese moviemaker, but that’s a story for another time!

For now, let’s just celebrate the small miracle that is The Quiet Man. Ford, already feted with three Oscars for Best Director (and still the most honored American director by the Academy), won his fourth and final Oscar for this movie. And Ford directs like a person who feels he has got to sum it all up. Here we get the entire Ford repertory of actors-John Wayne, Maureen O Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen-teaming up for the story of conflicted American boxer, Sean Thornton, played by a surprisingly lovable John Wayne, returning to his ancestral homeland in Ireland to escape his violent past. There he falls in love with Mary Kate, the spirited and willful Maureen O Hara. But when Sean and Mary Kate marry and marry Kate’s brother, Will (played with drunken stubbornness by McLaglen) refuses to pay her dowry, storm clouds form on the horizon of the marriage.

Sean has sworn off violence but Will refuses to give up Mary Kate’s dowry without a fight. The whole dilemma leads to one of the great third acts of all time but to say more is to ruin the surprise of a climax that is still a comedic high light in all of cinema.

Ford inspired almost every great director that came after him. Directors like Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Satyajit Ray all acknowledge their debt to Ford. And American moviemakers like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese repeatedly acknowledge they would not exist without the inspiration of Ford’s filmmaking genius. In fact, Spielberg famously quoted The Quiet Man in E.T.!

John Ford was a famously complicated man. A riddle no one completely could figure out. A filmmaker capable of horrible cruelty to his cast and crew and acts of tremendous charity and humanity. Some say Ford was a mess of contradictions because of his life long struggle with his bi-sexuality and alcoholism.

Ford also famously never lost his Catholic faith. To the end, he prayed on his rosary at the same time he made tolerant, accepting, humanist masterpieces.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. God bless everyone. God bless John Ford.

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm/. Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 movies 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 WINTER SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all 32 movies we’re showing from January 5th 2019 @ 11:59pm-March 2019), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout our Winter 2019 Season (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). This is our best deal at $192.00 (or $6 per movie). This offer is available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:

If you decide to buy the 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 before the all-access pass.

The All-Access Pass is available for purchase until January 5th, 2019 @ 11:59p which is the evening of PAN’S LABYRINTH, our first movie of the Winter 2019 season. After that, series passes and individual tickets will remain available.

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 after the Season All-Access pass. If you know you can make a series in January but not a series in March, 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 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (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 (as of late November 2018): While we do accept and want you to use your MoviePass, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current MoviePass rules and regulations to make sure they can still use their MoviePass 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 MoviePass 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 midnight or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.

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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