Friday, September 15, 2023

September's Conclusion of FILM NOIR STYLE Series at the American Cinematheque

 

Thanks to all who came to the final event in my Film Noir Style series for the American Cinematheque! It was such a pleasure meeting so many new people and spending time with good friends through the series - and all of it because of our shared love of film noir. Much love to Jeff Mantor and Sean Hathwell of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop for all their support through my events. And thanks to Ryan Marker, manager of the Aero Theatre, for being such an incredible host. I can't wait to return.

And a BIG thanks to Theresa Brown who flew all the way across the country from NYC just to see my closing event and Jane Greer in Out of the Past (1947) on the big screen. These events just reminded me yet again what makes our film family so special. I love you all.


For my "Post-War Years" event, I chose a white DKNY dress with blue polkadots and a sweetheart neckline in honor of Rita Hayworth's opening costume from Jean Louis in The Lady from Shanghai (1948). I paired my dress with raspberry patent pumps and a white patent purse.


On screen as the audience entered the theatre


The beginning of my presentation and the
six films noir I covered in the "Post-War Years" event



A couple pics from the audience courtesy of attendee Scott Plissken



With my partner in crime Jeff Mantor of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop (above)
and Aero Theatre manager Ryan Marker (below)



Theresa Brown flew all the way from NYC just to attend my event (above)
and the wonderful Monica Banken (below) attends so many of my events



I was so thrilled that Kevin was able to attend my events this year
and meet so many members of my film family


Theresa stayed and played around Santa Monica for two days, visiting many of the historic places I recommended to her. After my event, we just had to take her to Guido's restaurant in West LA since it was a favorite haunt of Hollywood luminaries like director Michael Cimino (The Deerhunter).


Until next time!

Monday, August 21, 2023

You're Invited! FILM NOIR STYLE Concludes 9/10 with "Post-War Years" and OUT OF THE PAST


On Sunday, September 10, my 4-part Film Noir Style series at the American Cinematheque comes to a conclusion with The Post-War Years 1947-1950. After my presentation, we will screen Out of the Past (1947) starring the mysterious Jane Greer and featuring costumes by Edward Stevenson.
 

Sunday, September 10
The Post-War Years and Out of the Past (1947)

2 pm presentation and screening

Aero Theatre
Santa Monica, CA

Click here to purchase tickets

In the fourth and final event of the Film Noir Style series, I will discuss and present the historical context of the time, dramatic changes that happened in both fashion and film after World War II, and the backstories of 6 films noir from the era - Dead Reckoning (1947), Lady in the Lake (1947), Out of the Past (1947), The Lady from Shanghai (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and Sunset Boulevard (1950).

You can see photos from the first two events in the series Before the WarThe War Years, and the Year of Transition 1946 on the site.


See you soon!

Saturday, August 19, 2023

July was a Celebration of 1946 FILM NOIR STYLE at the Aero

 

Thanks to all who came to my third Film Noir Style event for the American Cinematheque - "The Year of Transition 1946"! Everyone said they had a wonderful time and it was such fun celebrating the peak year of film noir style. Gilda, The Killers, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and The Big Sleep are all among the iconic film noir that premiered that year and continue to be highly influential on fashion.

Seeing Ava Gardner in The Killers on the big screen was extraordinary. Every actor is pure perfection in it and you can't get much better than its cinematographer Woody Bredell.

As always, much love to Jeff Mantor of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop for supporting me and another book signing.

See you Sunday, September 10 for the final event in the Film Noir Style series - "The Post-War Years 1947-1950" with a screening of Out of the Past (1947)!


I wore a red Dress the Population sheath with a sweetheart neckline, 
a signature 1940s design detail that Vera West incorporated into one of Ava's costumes in The Killers.
 And I paired it with leopard Sam Edelman pumps and a red patent vintage purse.




Starting by sharing the five film noir that I would discuss at the event


Signing books once again with Jeff Mantor of the historic Larry Edmunds Bookshop



See you September 10 for "The Post-War Years" and a screening of Out of the Past (1947)!

Saturday, July 8, 2023

You're Invited! FILM NOIR STYLE Continues with "Year of Transition 1946" and THE KILLERS

 

On Saturday, July 29, my 4-part Film Noir Style series continues at the Aero Theatre with The Year of Transition 1946. After my presentation, we will screen The Killers (1946) starring the sensual Ava Gardner and featuring costumes by Vera West.
 

Saturday, July 29
The Year of Transition 1946 and The Killers (1946)

2 pm presentation and screening

Aero Theatre
Santa Monica, CA

Click here to purchase tickets

In the third event of the Film Noir Style series, I will present and discuss the impact of the end of World War II on the home front along with the backstories and iconic style of five film noir from 1946 - The Killers, Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Big Sleep, and Notorious.

You can see photos from the first two events in the series Before the War and The War Years on the site.


See you soon!

Friday, June 30, 2023

Last Weekend was Filled with War Years' FILM NOIR STYLE at the American Cinematheque

 

Thanks to everyone who came to last Sunday's Film Noir Style "The War Years" event at the American Cinematheque! The Aero Theatre had a very full house - even more than the first event in the series - and the responses to both my talk and book have been wonderfully overwhelming.

I loved that fact that several people who saw my intro to The Philadelphia Story for Last Remaining Seats came to hear an even more extended version of my presentations! In addition, many new people came who had been following me for years and were finally able to attend an event. And seeing Laura on the big screen? Just WOW.

As always, a big thanks to Jeff Mantor of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop for being by my side and doing all the heavy lifting (literally).

Next up - "The Year of Transition 1946" with a screening of The Killers (1946) on Saturday, July 29. Visit the American Cinematheque's site for tickets.


For "The War Years," I chose a black Donna Morgan sheath dress 
that featured signature design elements from the 1940s, 
especially the keyhole and sleek minimal silhouette


I paired my dress with a black 1950s lizard embossed leather handbag 
and bright blue snake embossed d'orsay pumps


With my partner in crime Jeff Mantor of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop 
as the theatre opens its doors


The welcome screen for the event


Opening my talk
with the six films featured in the event



Celebrating the importance of the Aero Theatre during World War II


I was delighted that some friends were able to come to the event, 
including the warm and wonderful Monica Banken
and author Sloan De Forest



See you July 29 for "The Year of Transition 1946" and a screening of The Killers (1946)!

Thursday, June 15, 2023

You're Invited! FILM NOIR STYLE Continues 6/25 at Aero with "The War Years" and LAURA

 

On Sunday, June 25, my 4-part Film Noir Style series continues at the Aero Theatre with The War Years. After my presentation we will screen Laura (1944) with the luminous Gene Tierney and costumes by Bonnie Cashin.
 

Sunday, June 25
The War Years 1942-1945 and Laura (1944)

2 pm presentation and screening

Aero Theatre
Santa Monica, CA

Click here to purchase tickets

In the second event of the Film Noir Style series, I will present and discuss the impact of World War II on the home front and fashion along with six films from this period - This Gun for Hire (1942); Double Indemnity (1944); Laura (1944); To Have and Have Not (1944); Murder, My Sweet (1944); and Mildred Pierce (1945).

You can see photos from the first event Before the War on the site.


Next up - The Year of Transition 1946 with a screening of The Killers (1946) on Saturday, July 29

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Celebrating Katharine Hepburn at the LA Conservancy's LAST REMAINING SEATS

 

INCREDIBLE. That's the word that keeps coming to mind to describe my Saturday night. Last weekend I introduced The Philadelphia Story (1940) to a packed house of 1,000 people for the Los Angeles Conservancy's beloved Last Remaining Seats screening series. I have to thank everyone who came to the historic Los Angeles Theatre - you were such a passionate audience. I got multiple rounds of applause in the midst of a mere 15 minute intro in addition to another at the end. When my audio briefly went out, the audience was genuinely upset (god bless them). There were boos and hisses (at Katharine Hepburn being labeled "Box Office Poison) along with cheers and laughter throughout. And the response ever since has been nothing short of overwhelming in the best possible way.

My most heartfelt thanks goes to everyone with the Los Angeles Conservancy for the warmth and support you showed me throughout, especially Sarah Lann who is and was an absolute angel. I'm thrilled to say that I've already been invited back. Can't wait for next year!

Cover photo by Mike Hume


Arriving at the Los Angeles Theatre, a movie palace that opened in downtown LA in 1931


Entering the opulent theatre and seeing the start of my presentation projected on the screen



In the #1 dressing room underneath the theatre waiting to get called to the stage -
I was inspired by Katharine Hepburn's "goddess gown" from The Philadelphia Story
and chose a white sequin Calvin Klein dress, 1950s silver purse (seen in cover photo), 
1960s rhinestone drop earrings, and silver Sam Edelman pumps



Backstage with fashion designer Trina Turk, who is very involved with the Los Angeles Conservancy,
and the LAC's President and CEO Linda Dishman

Photo by Mike Hume


With Linda and the LAC's Director of Education Sarah Lann before my introduction


In the midst of my introduction for The Philadelphia Story


Always animated in my talks - 
this may be around the time my audio went out and the joy when it came back on

Photo by Mike Hume



Jack Fields shot my introduction, which is now posted on YouTube


Big thanks to Jeff Mantor of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 
the "patron saint of film historians" and a good friend


Kevin looked dashing - he chose a silver silk tie to coordinate with his black suit
in honor of The Philadelphia Story star Cary Grant


Friends Ruth (above) and Rachel (below) are truly beautiful inside and out, 
and each know and love their vintage fashion



A wonderful time was had by all -
many thanks to the Los Angeles Conservancy!


See you at the Aero Theatre June 25 where I'll present Film Noir Style The War Years
followed by a screening of Laura (1944)!

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