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Screening of John Ford's STAGECOACH

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Screening of John Ford's STAGECOACH

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Part of our THE GOLDEN YEAR (1939) series. Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 10:30a, The Vista: STAGECOACH (1939, AFGA, directed by John Ford, 99mns)

SPECIAL NOTE: This series was the idea of Secret Movie Clubber, Michael Beckstrom! Thanks to Michael for the great idea.

For anyone who thinks that Westerns can’t be masterpieces of intimate observations of human behavior, we submit John Ford’s eternal classic Stagecoach.

This is the movie Orson Welles watched every night for a month before making Citizen Kane asking everyone how scenes were approached, shots made, performances captured, sequences edited.

This is the movie that launched an already considered “has been” John Wayne out of the purgatory of B movie westerns into super stardom.

This is the movie that had the audacity to adapt a French short story by Guy De Mappaussant into an American western.

Filmmaker John Ford is a complex person whose personal autobiography and intentionally mysterious persona can sometimes obscure (at least in this current moment) the fact that he remains one of Hollywood’s absolute greatest, most humanistic, talented moviemakers.

A John Ford movie is almost always filled with tremendous humanity, sensitivity, tolerance, and brilliant filmmaking. Nowhere is this more evident than in his 1939 masterpiece, Stagecoach.

A group of very disparate travelers, including a prostitute, a pregnant soldier’s wife, a gambler, an alcoholic doctor, a corrupt banker, and a young outlaw (Wayne) hell bent on revenge for the death of his brother, travel together in a Stagecoach across three action-packed days through the dangerous terrain of the American west.

Along the way, babies are born, folks fall in love, secrets are revealed, prejudices are tested and destroyed, as the Stagecoach makes its way to Lordesburg and Wayne’s date with destiny in a shoot out with three monstrous outlaws.

Ford finds a way in Stagecoach’s surprisingly fleet 99 minutes to stage some of the most exciting action sequences ever filmed (many inspirations for Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark), create scenes of such atmospheric and emotional beauty as to bring tears to your eyes, and sardonically and comedically comment on the hypocrisies of supposedly “civilized” society.

Join us for hands down one of the greatest American westerns ever. And one of this programmer’s personal favorite top 30 movies of all time.

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Founder.Programmer

SECRET MOVIE CLUB 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/.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

Important Warning: Never buy tickets from anyone you do not know personally. We have noticed a rise in fraudulent scalpers on our social media and elsewhere. It’s always better to just write us directly at:

secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com to inquire about tickets.

OUR 35MM POLICY: We strive to show as many movies as possible on film. This means that we work to screen the majority of our movies on 35mm prints. Though we do occasionally screen movies on 16mm prints when we do special pop-up events at non-theatrical locations or a 35mm print is not available.

We will screen a movie digitally if its original medium was digital. This usually means that we screen what’s called a DCP or Digital Cinema Print. Almost all movies shot in recent years are digital and screen on DCPs.

In some rare instances, a film print will arrive to us in such poor condition that we deem it will be more distracting than entertaining or a last minute consideration will arise unexpectedly that we have to reserve the right to screen a DCP in an emergency. However, we will make all best efforts to alert the audience immediately if we have to screen a DCP alternate when a 35mm print was advertised.

Situations where we have had to substitute a DCP for an advertised 35mm print have thankfully only occurred a handful of times in our history. But we do need to reserve this right to insure the best possible presentation of a movie for our audience.

ORIGINAL POSTERS: We do limited edition 100 original poster runs for almost all of our movies. We sell these posters at the events and do our best to let our audience see the design at least 1-2 weeks ahead of a screening via our email and social media.

We are currently working to launch our website and online movie store in the Fall of 2019 so you can peruse our entire backlog and get posters of your favorite movies and/or by your favorite designers. Stay tuned!

SCREENING LOCATION(S): The majority of our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We screen 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027, 8 blocks from the Vista.

We also do occasional pop-up screenings at fun historic spaces around Los Angeles. So please double check the address to make sure you’re heading to the right location!

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests made through Eventbrite 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB SEASON PASS WORK: If you buy a Secret Movie Club All-Access Season Pass (access to all movies we’re showing within one season), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any screenings or special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!).

This is our best deal at $6.50/per movie if you know you’re going to see the majority of movies in a season.

These passes are available up to the start time of the first screening of a season at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com

If you decide to buy the SEASON PASS and have already bought an individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual ticket(s) you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

With the All-Access Season 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. You’re a VIP now and never have to worry about a movie selling out. We always save you a seat.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: 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 and is our next best deal (at $9/per movie) after the Season Pass.

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 a Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series.

We generate a special list with your name on it for that series. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

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

PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: 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 early so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get a seat.

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.

There are many great public transportation options near the Vista including a Metro subway stop at the Vermont/Sunset station which is about 4 blocks from the Vista Theater.

SHOWTIMES: We screen most of our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or on weekend mornings.

Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket to make sure you can make that showtime.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April 2016. In respect to our origins (and because the programmer is superstitious), we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers via the email list first before posting to any other social media. 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 or send a message through our Facebook page: @secretmovieclub35mm

We work to respond asap within receipt of your email or message.

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