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A WOMAN’S SECRET / ALICE IN THE CITIES

Synopsis:

Thursday, January 7th @ 8:00 PM


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy presents "Ladies' Night":
A Woman's Secret

shown with
Alice In The Cities

Folk troubador Bonnie 'Prince' Billy will be here in-person at the Cinefamily to present a hand-picked double feature of films that explore the wonder and the mystery of the fairer sex. Even diehard music fans out there might not be aware of Billy's intense love of cinema, and we welcome the opportunity to let the man give us two of his favorites! NOTE: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy will not be performing a live set during the evening's show.

The evening opens with Nicholas Ray's soapy noir A Woman's Secret (1949), starring the ravishing Maureen O'Hara as a singing teacher blamed for the shooting of her smarmy protégé (Gloria Grahame), "a trollop-minded chirp she has coached into the bigtime." (Variety) Scripted by Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane), the film is a chance for Ray to take what could have been an average "woman's picture" and tweak it to suit his slightly perverse sensibilities. Next, Wim Wenders' Alice In The Cities (1974). This German New Wave gem finds a roving reporter who reluctantly takes on the guardianship of Alice, a little girl who needs to be delivered to her grandmother -- a woman whose name and address she doesn't remember, and whose house can only be identified by a single photo of an unmarked front door. Yella Röttlander's stellar performance as the young girl whose journey's end is always one more step away is framed terrifically by Robby Mueller's B&W cinematography, and a moody score by Irmin Schmidt and Michael Karoli (half of Krautrock legends Can).

A Woman's Secret Dir. Nicholas Ray, 1949, 35mm, 84 min.
Alice In The Cities Dir. Wim Wenders, 1974, digital presentation, 110 min.

Tickets - $12/free for members

 

Genre:

Drama