Vintage Films back at Sebastiani
SPENCER TRACY and Katherine Hepburn lead the cast of “Desk Set,” coming to the Sebastiani Theatre Jan. 21 and 23.
The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation will launch its Vintage Film Series #6 this winter, opening with “Desk Set” (1957) on Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m.
Written by Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron and William Marchant, and directed by Walter Lang, “Desk Set” tells the tale of two extremely strong personalities who clash over the computerization of a TV network’s research department. The film stars Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Gig Young.
The sixth series will also include:
• “An Affair to Remember” (1957) on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. Written by Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart and Leo McCarey (screenplay) and Leo McCarey and Mildred Cram (story), and directed by Leo McCarey, the classic film follows a couple who falls in love and agree to meet six months later on top of the Empire State Building. It stars Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Richard Denning.
• “On the Town” (1949) on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 13, 1 p.m. Written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden (screenplay, musical play and book), and Jerome Robbins (story idea), and directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, “On the Town” is the story of three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City who look for fun and romance during their 24 hour leave from the ship. It stars Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Betty Barrett.
• “Notorious” (1946) can only be seen Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Written by Ben Hecht with screenplay contributions by Alfred Hitchcock, John Taintor Foote and Clifford Odets, and directed by Hitchcock, it tells the suspenseful story of a woman who is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains lead the cast.
• “High Noon” (1952) plays Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 8, at 1 p.m. Directed by Fred Zinnemann, “High Noon” is the western tale of a marshal, who is personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, but finds that his own town refuses to help him. It stars Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly and Thomas Mitchell.
• “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944) screens Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. Written by Irving Brecher and Fred F. Finklehoffe (screenplay) and Sally Benson (book), and directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film takes place in the year before the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, when the four Smith Daughters learn lessons of life and love. Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien and Mary Astor lead the film.
Patrons are invited to “dress in the era” for the films. Wine by the glass will be offered for sale at Monday evening showings. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show.
Admission is $8 a film or $40 for the entire series if purchased in advance. To order tickets ahead for individual film screenings, call 996-9756.
The Sebastiani Theatre is located at 476 First St. E. in Sonoma.
The Vintage Film Series are presented by the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation as a fundraiser to preserve, enhance and maintain the Sebastiani Theatre. For more on the foundation or to donate, call 540-6119 or visit sebastianitheatrefoundation.org.