Junes 7th - June16th
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During the Three Rivers Arts Festival we explore our fantastic film past by presenting a combo of three foreign arthouse classics that played the Harris when it was The Art Cinema PLUS six independent films from Poverty Row studios - films that tackled controversial subject matter that the majors would never have touched.
ALL SCREENINGS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Vampire Bat
Friday June 7th 8pm and Tuesday June 11th 6pm
Everybody loves Dr. von Niemann (Lionel Atwill), clueless that he is using a cover story of medieval vampirism to murder the proletariat of Kleines Schloss and gleefully feed their blood to the artificial being he has created (it looks suspiciously like a loofa sponge oxygenating in an aquarium). With this traveling circus of horrors traipsing through cast-off sets from The Old Dark House and Frankenstein, plus a day trip to Bronson Canyon, The Vampire Bat plays like a midnight matinee from the old Shock Theater TV package. It's foolish fun, mercifully brief and probably the best-remembered film from the prolific Frank Strayer, auteur of umpteen “Blondie” movies for Columbia. UCLA's restoration recreates the sensational Gustav Brock color sequence, unacknowledged and unseen since first run.
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 4, No. 250 (1933) 9 min.
Jack Frost (1934) Director: Ib Iwerks. Cartoon, made after the animator left Disney. 9 min.
63 minutes / Starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas / Mystery Directed By Frank R. Strayer / USA 1933
Sin of Nora Moran
Saturday June 8th 8pm and Wednesday June 12th 6pm
The Sin of Nora Moran is neither classic, nor camp, but a unique mélange of both. Its standard pre-Code plot (victimized woman descends into a life of degradation) and extremely low budget were common to B-pictures of the period. The film’s promotional materials tend to exploit the salacious angle. But it’s the telling of the story that elevates Nora Moran into a class all its own. This it accomplishes through a series of flashbacks, flash-forwards and flashbacks-within-flashbacks so complex that the entire narrative structure quickly ceases to make sense, assuming a free-form, dream-like quality that enhances rather than detracts from it.
It played at the Art Cinema/Harris Theater in January of 1944!
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 4, No. 269 (1933) 9 min.
Balloon Land (1935) Director: Ib Iwerks. Cartoon, 7 min.
65 minutes / Starring Zita Johann, John Miljan, Alan Dinehart / Drama directed by Phil Goldstone / USA 1933
Sunday June 9 8pm and Thursday June 13th 6pm
The loathsome career of Henry Schireson, the self-styled “King of Quacks” famous for bobbing Fanny Brice's nose and infamous for a botched surgery that necessitated the amputation of a young woman’s legs, is celebrated in Lowell Sherman's False Faces, a delirious film à clef worthy to be spoken of in the same breath with the best of Warren William's pre-Code muckrakers like Bedside (1934), Skyscraper Souls (1932) and The Mouthpiece (1932).
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 4, No. 226 (1932) 9 min.
Snow White (1933). Director: Dave Fleischer. Betty Boop cartoon, 7 min.
81 min. / Starring Lowell Sherman, Peggy Shannon, Lila Lee / Drama Directed by Lowell Sherman / USA 1932
Friday June 14th 8pm and Tuesday June 18th 6pm
Young shipping tycoon David Bradley (played by Lyman Williams) contracts an infectious disease and unknowingly transmits it to his wife. Diane Sinclair plays the traumatized spouse. The Canadian Social Hygiene Council (CSHC) was the sponsor of Damaged Lives, a feature film about venereal disease. Ulmer's first American film as director after starting his career in Germany, the film was completed in three weeks and opened May 1933 in Toronto. The CSHC boasted that Damaged Lives was the first Canadian picture to be produced in Hollywood and the first Hollywood picture to premiere in Canada. Intended as sexual education, not exploitation, Damaged Lives avoids harsh physiological depictions. It concentrates optimistically on hope provided by knowledge and discretion.
It played at the Art Cinema/Harris Theater in July of 1939!
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 4, No. 252 (1933) 9 min.
Dancing on the Moon (1935). Director: Dave Fleischer. Cartoon, 8 min.
61 min. / Starring Diane Sinclair, Lyman Williams, George Irving / Drama Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer / USA 1933
Saturday June 15th 8pm and Wednesday June 19th 6pm
Starring Jean Hersholt, Mamba takes place in 1913 in German East Africa, now Tanzania. August Bolte is a thoroughly disgusting plantation owner, who violently mistreats his African workers, sexually abuses native women, and is shunned by both the British and German military officers garrisoned in the border area between British and German colonies. He buys himself an impoverished countess as a wife and brings her back to Africa where she soon is terrorized by the alien environment.
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 1, No. 269 (1930) 9 min.
Me and the Boys (1929) Director: Victor Saville. Musical short with Estelle Brody and Ben Pollack’s jazz band. 9 min.
78 min. / Starring Jean Hersholt, Eleanor Boardman, Ralph Forbes / Drama Directed by Albert S. Rogell / USA 1930
Sunday June 16th 8pm and Thursday June 20th 6pm
A young man has a recurring dream in which an uncanny gentleman attempts to woo his mother, after seeing his dad die mysteriously in a car accident in the same dream. His father had indeed investigated the man before his death. Paul Cartwright consults a psychiatrist, who is also a friend, and realizes that his dream is coming true, especially after receiving a posthumous letter from his father about his mother’s suitor. Brett Curtis is actually a homicidal maniac who is a clinical patient in the sanitarium of Dr. Muhlbach, a doctor with an underdeveloped sense of ethics. The film is filled with twists and turns, and it seems Curtis is interested in Mrs. Cartwright’s money, but also casts a lecherous eye on Paul’s sister, Dorothy. When Curtis tries to marry Paul's mother, Paul tries to stop the relationship, and eventually learns the truth about his dreams.
News of the Day, Vol. 17, No. 288 (1945) 8 min.
Grampy’s Indoor Outing (1936) Director: Dave Fleischer. Betty Boop cartoon, 7 min.
87 min. / Starring Jimmy Lydon, Warren William, Sally Eilers / Director: Edgar G. Ulmer / USA 1945