Invasion of the Sci-Fi Movies – Part Two!

Planet of the Vampires

Sci-Fi fans – Keep watching the skies! It’s back from the outer reaches of cinematic space! By popular request from our wonderful Cupertino audience, the Cupertino Library Foundation and the Cupertino Senior Center are bringing back a brand new series of classic Science-Fiction films! Join your host filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for a wild six week series delving into the mysteries of intergalactic motion picture mayhem! A lively audience discussion follows every film!

All events will be held at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

October 15, 2019:  1. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) One beautiful California day, a man encounters a radioactive cloud and before you know it, he is on a trip into the infinite! Grant Williams gives an outstanding performance as the man with a new atomic destiny in director Jack Arnold’s 1957 masterpiece!
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*October 22nd: No programming.

October 29, 2019:  2. Planet of the Vampires (1965) An intergalactic distress call from a distant planet brings a space crew face to face with horror! This classic 1965 film by the great filmmaker Mario Bava has inspired hordes of imitators and this is a rare chance to see this stylish masterpiece on the big screen as it was meant to be seen!
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November 5, 2019: 3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) The most requested film in our series! A flying saucer lands in the middle of Washington D.C., the saucer door side open and out comes an alien with an urgent message for all mankind! We join up with Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Gort the giant robot in director Robert Wise’s memorable story of the search for planetary peace!
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November 12, 2019: 4. These are the Damned (1963) An extraordinary film, ripe for rediscovery; this Cold War tale of government scientists conducting bizarre human experiments is one of director Joseph Losey’s masterworks. Starring McDonald Carey, Oliver Reed and Viveca Lindfors as the bystanders caught in a world spinning out of control!
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November 19, 2019:    5. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) Wedding nights are a time for couples to learn all about each other, but on this special night Gloria Talbot discovers her new husband has a doozy of a secret! This wonderful film is a joy to rediscover and enjoy for its surprising wit in telling a tale of cosmic love gone wrong!
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November 26, 2019:    6. Matinee (1993) During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963, a boy escapes the fear of possible apocalypse by going to monster movies! Director Joe Dante’s great and thoughtful comedy saluting the power of Science Fiction B-Movies and the men and women who made them. A superb ensemble cast featuring John Goodman in the performance of a lifetime as a William Castle- inspired showman grace this gem of a film!
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Cupertino Library Foundation Fall Film Series 2019 Sci-Fi


LAFF RIOT! A Celebration of Motion Picture Comedies!

By audience request, this special edition of the Cupertino Library Film Series focuses on that most demanding and exacting form of film making: just getting a laugh! From side-splitting silent films to a fresh look at overlooked and hilarious classics, we’ll be exploring the precision mechanics of mirth-making. Please join filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for this rowdy cinematic journey! A spirited group discussion follows every film.

All events will be held at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

March 12, 2019:  1. Pillow Talk (1959) Doris Day and Rock Hudson share a Technicolor telephone line where romance and laughs combine, building to a wild Cinemascope climax of mirth! And Tony Randell comes along for the ride to deliver a legendary comic performance in this mid-century modern masterpiece!

March 19, 2019:   2. Shorts from Mabel and Fatty and Buster Too! (1917) There’s knockabout slapstick galore as we share this rambunctious cinematic treat – a special showing of short films from three early masters of early comedy – Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and the unsung heroine of silent-comedy filmmakers – Mabel Normand!

March 26, 2019:   3. A New Leaf (1971) Water Matthau gives a one-of-a-kind inspired performance as a rich man needing lots of money and who will do anything to get it! From the brilliant actor and writer and director Elaine May come this darkly tinged comic masterpiece of greed, murder, and love!

April 2, 2019:     4. Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas star in one of the funniest and most beautiful films ever made about Communism and Capitalism! When two ideologies meet sparks of romance and laughter fly in this beautifulfilm from the master himself – Ernst Lubitsch!

April 9, 2019:     5. The Nutty Professor (1963) When a professor’s mad experiments go terribly wrong – madcap antics explode across the screen! The one and only genius Jerry Lewis leads into a crazy world of dual personalities and wild nightclubs and talking birds and Stella Stevens!

April 16, 2019:    6. Victor/Victoria (1982)  In 1930’s Paris, a down and out singer goes on a wild journey of nightclubs, gangsters and ever changeable personas! Julie Andrews, James Garner, and Robert Preston give the performances of their lives in Blake Edwards’ comic musical extravaganza.

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2019 Winter Film Series Announced!

Murder, Mischief and Mayhem!  Six Classic Mystery Films!

We turn off the lights and revel in what dastardly deeds the darkness brings in this thrilling film history series devoted to American mystery motion pictures! In this special session, we look at the Golden Age of American mystery films – the 1940’s! Please join filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for a personal tour of the most blood curdling cinematic adventures you will ever see! A spirited group discussion follows every film.

All events will be held at the Cupertino Senior Center from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

1. The Ghost Ship (1943)   January 22nd, 2019
A young sailor boards a ship bound for murder! This little known masterpiece by groundbreaking horror producer Val Lewton must be seen to be believed! Starring Richard Dix as a ship’s captain with an alarming view of life – and death!

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2. The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (1942)  January 29th, 2019
From the fabulous Mike Shane mystery series from 20th Century Fox, starring Lloyd Nolan as the fast on his feet and fast with his mouth private eye, comes this wild and funny horror-whodone-
it! The wonderful Marjorie Weaver backs Mike’s play at every turn!

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*** No Film Series on February 5th, 2019 because room not available.


3. Road House (1948)  February 12th, 2019
What could go wrong when Richard Widmark and Cornel Wilde fall in love with Ida Lupino in a bowling alley? Nothing but trouble, and some classic songs sung by Lupino, follows this doom laden trio in a beautiful operatic film noir from director Jean Negulesco.

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4. The Scarlet Claw (1944)  February 19th, 2019
Bodies are found when the church bells toll in an isolated French Canadian village! Only one man has the power to find the murderer! The one and only Basil Rathbone is Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in this fabulous and legendary entry in the popular detective series.

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5. The Locket (1946)   February 26th, 2019
Lorraine Day has one heck of a trauma on her mind and she brings Bob Mitchum along for the ride – to danger! An unforgettable and spooky journey through time, this one of a kind film noir
classic helmed by director John Brahm has to be seen to be believed!

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6. Dark Passage (1947)   March 5th 2019

A man with a voice like Humphrey Bogart’s escapes from prison with the help of a woman who looks like Lauren Bacall and they both walk the mean streets of San Francisco in search of a killer! This legendary adaptation of the David.

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2018 Summer Film Series – The Best of the Western Part II

Saddle Up and Mov’em Out! The Best of the Western Part II

You asked for it and we heard the coyote’s call! Another round-up of the driest and dustiest Western Motion Picture Masterpieces ever made – courtesy of the Cupertino Library Foundation and Blue Light Cinema! For this thrilling six week festival, filmmaker and educator Mark Larson has chosen only the toughest and most beautiful Western films ever made! Please join us on this one of a kind round-up! As always, a spirited group discussion follows every film!

All screenings are Tuesday night’s starting at 5pm at the Cupertino Senior Center.

Week One     August 7th 2018 [Register for free tickets]

Public Cowboy No. 1 (1937)  We ride off with Gene Autry and fight unscrupulous cattle rustlers with flying fists while singing terrific songs! This is one of Gene’s best and a great example of 1930’s New Deal/Singing Cowboy filmmaking! The great Smiley Burnette comes along for the ride!

Week Two      August 14th 2018 [Register for free tickets]
Westward the Women (1951) Men working the land in California need women! And the women of Chicago are more than up for the challenge of a dirty and dangerous journey! Robert Taylor and Denise Darcel lead the caravan in this amazing Western epic from director William Wellman.

Week Three   August 21st 2018 [Register for free tickets]
No Name on the Bullet (1959) A small Western town explodes into violence when hired killer Audie Murphy rides into town! This jaw dropper, directed by the great Jack Arnold, is Audie’s very best film – a brilliant psychological portrait of hidden crimes and divine retribution!

Week Four      September 4th 2018 [Register for free tickets]
Way of a Gaucho (1952) This little seen gem, shot on location in Argentina, stars Rory Calhoun as the good gaucho gone bad, with the Gene Tierney, in all her Technicolor glory, as the woman who loves him. Director Jacques Tourneur weaves his incomparable magic to this waiting-to-be-discovered ride across the pampas.

Week Five       September 11th 2018  [Register for free tickets]
Day of Anger (1967) It’s Spaghetti Western time! We learn the mysterious and lethal ways of the gunfighter when Giuliano Gemma takes lessons from the master, the one and only Lee Van Cleef! This cult classic from director Tonino Valerii comes with a fabulous soundtrack from Riz Ortolani that you’ll be humming for weeks!

Week Six         September 18th 2018 [Register for free tickets]
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) In a snowbound mountain town, a gambler and a prostitute meet, go into business, fall in love and find out what Capitalism can wreak on lovers. One of the most beautiful and haunting of all Westerns, this masterpiece from director Robert Altman is a fresh and critical look at the myths of the West.