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Chalmers-Wesley Classic Film Club: "The Bishop's Wife"

Description: If you love classic cinema and would like to experience a night at the movies as it was “back in the day,” Chalmers-Wesley United Church (78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec) has a new series for you and your friends!
Every month (usually the second-last Friday) at 7:30 p.m., the Chalmers-Wesley Classic Film Club will show a movie in the lower hall of the church as it would have been seen at the time – with newsreels, film shorts and cartoons before the main feature. The films will be chosen from different decades and different genres. Some will be well-known favourites; others will be lesser-known, for you to discover.
To make the experience more authentic, a “snack bar” in the “lobby” will feature candy and beverages available during the era. You won’t be able to buy a chocolate bar for five cents, but the prices will be low. Fresh popcorn with real melted butter will be on offer, of course.
Admission is $5 per adult for each of the series of ten films to be shown between September and June. FREE PARKING is available in the church lot.
Here is a list of upcoming dates and movies:

Friday, Dec 13* – The Bishop’s Wife (1947) A pre-Christmas movie starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. Christmas is days away, but the Bishop only has his new cathedral on his mind. When Dudley the angel (Cary Grant) arrives as the Bishop’s new assistant, he is efficient and attentive – attentive to the Bishop’s wife, that is. But this divine intervention is necessary to save their marriage, and to remember the true meaning of Christmas. A refreshing change from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

*Note: This movie will be shown on the second Friday of December in order to avoid the pre-Christmas rush.

Here is the schedule for 2020.
Friday, Jan 24 – People’s Choice Musical. The audience will vote to choose which musical it would like to see – South Pacific (1958) or Fiddler on the Roof (1971). These are two of the most well-known musicals of all time, and all are free to sing along!

Friday, Feb 21 – Inherit the Wind (1960). A drama starring Spencer Tracy, Frederick March, Gene Kelly and Dick York. In 1925 Tennessee, a high school teacher dared to break the law by doing the unthinkable – he discussed the theory of evolution with his students. Thus began the so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial,” which is well dramatized in this film directed by Stanley Kramer.

Friday, Mar 20 – The Quiet Man (1952). A comedy for St. Patrick’s Day starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. No, John Wayne didn’t only do Westerns! This film, shot in Ireland, tells the story of an American former boxer whose marriage to a lovely Irish girl is nearly destroyed before it’s even begun for the sake of Irish tradition. It includes one of the best fight scenes the Duke ever played!

Friday, Apr 17 – A Patch of Blue (1965). A drama starring Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman, and Shelley Winters. A chance encounter in the park leads to a very special friendship between a blind girl from the slums and an African American man. He wants to help her out of her poverty and desperate home life, but somehow there is also something more. Though not a particularly well-known movie, you won’t forget this poignant story of love and hope. (Some mature themes)

Friday, May 22 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1965). A Western starring James Stewart, John Wayne and Lee Marvin. “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Jimmy Stewart, an eastern lawyer, decides to take a chance in the West, but is shocked and appalled by the gun violence that IS the law. Although he doesn’t want to, Stewart eventually has to abandon his ideals in order to protect the town (and himself) from the town bully, Liberty Valance. But the question remains, who shot Liberty Valance?

Friday, June 26 – The Long, Long Trailer (1954). A comedy starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. When Desi is offered a job in California, he and his newly wed wife go cross country with their brand new “house on wheels.” It’s not as simple as modern RVing we enjoy today, though, and with Lucy in the trailer while Desi is driving down the road, any crazy thing can happen (and usually does!). As we get ready for summer, and perhaps our own road trips, we might take this as a cautionary tale… or just a great laugh to send us on our way.

For further information, please contact Eline Brock at 418-951-7379.
Location: Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Québec
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm EST
Duration: 2 hours
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Organization Member
Updated: Monday, November 11, 2019 4:47pm GMT