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THE 2nd ANNUAL CAN FILM FESTIVAL AT CINEMA PARADISO, DECEMBER 9-11 - CinemaDave

Dec. 4th, 2005 12:41 pm THE 2nd ANNUAL CAN FILM FESTIVAL AT CINEMA PARADISO, DECEMBER 9-11

THE FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,
CAY CLUB RESORTS & MARINAS, AND TARGET
Present THE 2nd ANNUAL CAN FILM FESTIVAL AT CINEMA PARADISO, DECEMBER 9-11


Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Cay Club Resorts & Marinas, and Target kick-off the spirit of giving with ten holiday film favorites December 9-11, at Cinema Paradiso. Admission is just two canned food items or one new, unwrapped, toy per person. Items will benefit Broward Partnership for the Homeless, and Childnet.

Below is the event schedule.

Friday, December 9th
** 7pm CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945)...Elizabeth is a most famous food writer, who describes herself as a hard working farm woman, mom and an excellent cook. All lies. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on *her* farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do? Barbara Stanwyck.

**An Opening Night Celebration with Egg Nog , Hot Cider & Cookies follows the film.

9pm DIE HARD (1988)
Christmas Eve: Tough New York cop John McClane finds himself in a tight situation when an office building in Los Angeles is taken over by terrorists. Apart from himself, everyone else in the building - including his wife - is held at gunpoint while their captors spell out their demands. Bruce Willis & Alan Rickman.

Saturday, December 10th
1pm THE BELLS OF ST MARY’S (1945)
At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building. Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman.

3pm OLIVE: THE OTHER RAINDEER (1999) and vintage cartoons
After mis-hearing a radio broadcast about Santa canceling his Christmas trip due to an injured reindeer, Olive the dog decides to travel to the North Pole and volunteer to be a replacement. Unfortunately, Olive must deal with an evil postman who's tired of handling all the extra Christmas mail. Will Martini the penguin be able to help Olive realize her dream? From the mind and pen of Matt Groening (THE SIMPSONS) with voices by Drew Barrymore, Joe Pantilin, Jay Mohr, Peter MacNichol, Ed Asner, Michael Stipe and others.

5pm THE LEMON DROP KID (1951)
When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it's Christmas, a time when people can be persuaded to part with money for the right cause. Bob Hope, Marilyn Baxter, Lloyd Nolan.

7pm NATIONAL LAMPOON CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, EG Marshall, Doris Roberts, Randy Quaid.

9pm SCROOGED (1988)
Frank Cross runs a TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realizes he must change. Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Carol Kane, Bobcat Goldwaite, Robert Mitchum, John Glover.

Sunday, December 11TH
** 1pm HOME ALONE (1990)
An eight year-old, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars. MaCaulley Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern.

3pm MEET JOHN DOE (1941)
As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it's worth, until the made-up "John Doe" philosophy starts a whole political movement. At last everyone, even Ann, takes her creation seriously...but publisher D.B. Norton has a secret plan. Frank Capra directs Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, Walter Brennan.

5pm A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (1992)
Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend Christmas together before the surrender plan turns bad and both sides are forced to fight the other. Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinese, Frank Whaley, Peter Berg, Kevin Dillion, John McGinley.

** The 2nd Annual Can Film Festival is co-sponsored by: Heidi Boehrenger, Author of Jason Jordan;
Pat & Sandy McCallum; Tom & Ginny Miller, The Dub House

For more information: www.fliff.com or 954-525-FILM (3456)

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 21st, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)

Movie Priests

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The Bells of Saint Mary's showing with Bing Crosby as a Catholic priest reminded me of stories I've heard over the years about some of the stars who often played priests in that era.

Pat O'Brien was another famous movie priest, but when I think of movie priests the most effective one for me was Spencer Tracy.

Some Tracy biographers have written that Tracy's father wanted Spencer to become a Catholic priest. Tracy was a Catholic altar boy and had a Catholic school education but of course never became a priest.

Tracy somewhere along the line is supposed to have said he always felt something come over him whenever he donned the dog collar and played a priest in the movies, and perhaps it was the memory of his father's wish that made Tracy such a convincing priest.

Tracy's own life included struggles with alcohol and a famous extra marital affair which had to be factors in his approach to playing priests, especially when he so authentically played a failed alcoholic priest in "The Devil at 4 O'Clock".
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 21st, 2005 10:31 am (UTC)

Movie Priests

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The Bells of Saint Mary's showing with Bing Crosby as a Catholic priest reminded me of stories I've heard over the years about some of the stars who often played priests in that era.

Pat O'Brien was another famous movie priest, but when I think of movie priests the most effective one for me was Spencer Tracy.

Some Tracy biographers have written that Tracy's father wanted Spencer to become a Catholic priest. Tracy was a Catholic altar boy and had a Catholic school education but of course never became a priest.

Tracy somewhere along the line is supposed to have said he always felt something come over him whenever he donned the dog collar and played a priest in the movies, and perhaps it was the memory of his father's wish that made Tracy such a convincing priest.

Tracy's own life included struggles with alcohol and a famous extra marital affair which had to be factors in his approach to playing priests, especially when he so authentically played a failed alcoholic priest in "The Devil at 4 O'Clock".

North Star
From:cinemadave
Date:December 21st, 2005 11:42 am (UTC)

Re: Movie Priests

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Tracy did get the Oscar for "Boys Town,"
sos did Bing Crosby for "Going My Way." I wonder who got the last Oscar as a Priest in the movies? It may have been Crosby, since that time, priests went from saintly figures to flawed characters to eventually pariah ("Mystic River."




From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 22nd, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)

Re: Movie Priests

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Crosby does come to mind when the last Oscar for playing a priest was awarded to an actor. It was an important evolution when priestly roles began to depict flawed priests. Richard Chamberlain's performance in the Thorn Birds as a conflicted priest is another excellent example.

Most actors appear to be inspired when they have a major role in a film as a priest. I suppose it has something to do with the weight and majesty of a 2000 year old tradition.

North Star
From:cinemadave
Date:December 22nd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Movie Priests

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That is a fascinating historical perspective. I actually wrote a paper my senior year at Florida State about this. The stereotype of the priest really changed since the sixties and really become demonfied in "Frank Miller's Sin City."