This week's revival: A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951) directed by George Stevens.
Showtimes: Saturday, August 22 at Noon Monday, August 24 at 7 PM Thursday, August 27 at 9 PM
A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951 George Stevens) Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Raymond Burr. 122m.
Academy Awards for Best Director, Screenplay, Cinematography (William C. Mellor), Editing (William Hornbeck), Score (Franz Waxman), Costume Design (Edith Head).
Previously filmed in 1931 under its original title, Theodore Dreiser's bulky but brilliant novel An American Tragedy was remade in 1951 by George Stevens as A Place in the Sun. Montgomery Clift stars as George Eastman, a handsome and charming but basically aimless young man who goes to work in a factory run by a distant, wealthy relative. Feeling lonely one evening, he has a brief rendezvous with assembly-line worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters), but he forgets all about her when he falls for dazzling socialite Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor). Alice can't forget about him, though: she is pregnant with his child. Just when George's personal and professional futures seem assured, Alice demands that he marry her or she'll expose him to his society friends. This predicament sets in motion a chain of events that will ultimately include George's arrest and numerous other tragedies, including a vicious cross-examination by a D.A. played by future Perry Mason Raymond Burr. A huge improvement over the 1931 An American Tragedy, directed by Josef von Sternberg, A Place in the Sun softens some of the rough edges of Dreiser's naturalism, most notably in the passages pertaining to George's and Angela's romance. Even those 1951 bobbysoxers who wouldn't have been caught dead poring through the Dreiser original were mesmerized by the loving, near-erotic full facial closeups of Clift and Taylor as they pledge eternal devotion. ~ Hal Erickson
Melissa Webb's solo show of costumes, characters and installations brought a crowd out to Imperato, many for the first (and maybe only) time. Enlisting dozens of friends to wear the artist's costumes and accessories, gnomes passed around platters of food, ballerinas bartended and the uppity ladies on stilts towered over the gallery-goers. While the opening was the main event, the costume installations and photographs of Melissa's costumes, taken by Uli Loskot, will be on display through September 12. For more information, visit Imperato's website
In a Material World... An exhibition of costumes by Melissa Webb August 14 - September 12, 2009 Opening Reception: August 14, 7-10pm
For four weeks Gallery Imperato will be transformed into a mystical dreamland, a haunted forest, a magical storybook, a warehouse of the imagination. Elaborate hand-made costumes by fiber artist Melissa Webb will be on display from August 14 through September 12, 2009. A selection of related photographs by Uli Loskot, Lisa Dietrich, and aminibigcircus will accompany the wears.
Please join us at the opening reception this Friday, August 14th from 7-10pm. Guests can expect to be served by garden gnomes and mingle among hi-society stilt walkers!
(Gnomes and "Uppity Ladies" are a collaboration with M. Jane Taylor and company.)
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