But will it make a good movie? Well, you be the judge. Get out your calendars and mark down these dates.
This August is “Great Books, Great Movies” month for the Williamsburg Regional Library’s Thursday Afternoon Film Series, with films based on famous works of literature. Also, their 70th anniversary tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Year of 1939 continues with this month’s selection, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The movies will be shown in the Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street each Thursday at 2 p.m. They are free of charge and tickets or reservations are not required. Call the Adult Services Department at (757) 259-4050 or visit the WRL website for more information.
August 6 – Camille (1936)
Greta Garbo shines in one of her best roles as a courtesan who sacrifices her own happiness to assure the well being of her one true love (Robert Taylor). George Cukor directed this top notch MGM production, which also features notable work by Cedric Gibbons who designed the ornate sets and Adrian who created the gorgeous 1840s era gowns. The story is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas Fils.
August 13 – Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
In 15th century France, a beautiful Gypsy girl (Maureen O’Hara) rejects the advances of a powerful suitor, who then frames her for murder. The injustice spurs the deformed cathedral bellringer, Quasimodo, (Charles Laughton) to come to her rescue. This superb version of Victor Hugo’s classic book, another jewel from Hollywood’s golden year of 1939, features remarkably lavish sets and the proverbial cast of thousands.
August 20 – King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
A big game hunter (Stewart Granger) heads into an unmapped area of Africa at the behest of a woman (Deborah Kerr) searching for her husband who disappeared while looking for the legendary diamond mines of King Solomon. This scenic film, based on H. Rider Haggard’s rousing Victorian adventure tale, was filmed on location in the African Congo and won an Oscar for its vibrant cinematography.
August 27 – From Here to Eternity (1953)
This fine film is a harsh look at military life on an Army base in Hawaii on the eve of WWII. Montgomery Clift plays a newly assigned private who antagonizes his commander by refusing to join the company boxing team. Meanwhile, the company sergeant (Burt Lancaster) is having a steamy affair with the commander’s wife (Deborah Kerr). Based on James Jones’ bestselling novel, the movie won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, best director and best supporting actor and actress.
Victoria Racimo digs arts and culture. She should. She’s producing artistic director for Palomino Entertainment Group.