The South Florida Museum celebrates its 65th anniversary with a look back at the blockbusters filling Bradenton movie houses the year it opened.
Future classics directed by the likes of John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder were all popular in 1948 and featured prime performances by such stars as Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich.
Each movie will be screened in the museum's all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater as part of the museum's Spring Film Series.
"Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Jan. 11): John Huston directs Humphrey Bogart and his dad, Walter Huston, in this timelessly compelling gold and greed adventure that won both Hustons Oscars.
"Rope" (Jan. 18): Highly entertaining Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart is most notable, at least to film buffs, for taking place in real time and being edited to appear as if it were one continuous shot.
"Hamlet" (Jan. 25): Sir Laurence Olivier stars in and directed this definitive film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy that won four Academy Award including Best Picture.
"The Red Shoes" (Feb. 1): British film about a ballet dancer, played by Moira Shearer, was the year's highest grossing with a gross of $5 million, according to the Wikipedia article "1948 in film."
"I Remember Mama" (Feb. 8): George Stevens ("Giant, "Shane") directed this drama about the turn-of-the-century struggles of a Norwegian immigrant family.
"A Foreign Affair" (Feb. 15): Billy Wilder, the brilliant filmmaker who would go on to make "Some Like it Hot," "The Seven Year Itch," "Sunset Blvd." and "The Apartment," delivers a pitch perfect satire featuring Jean Arthur as a congresswoman looking to eradicate the "moral malaria" caused by cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich).
"Force of Evil" (Feb. 22): "The Postman Always Rings Twice" star John Garfield plays an unethical lawyer who partners with a client in the numbers racket in this film noir championed by Martin Scorsese.
"The Lady From Shanghai" (March 8): Seven years after creating the ultimate film masterwork "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles wrote, directed and starred in this noir chestnut featuring a tour de force performance by his wife, Rita Hayworth.
"Oliver Twist" (March 15): David Lean and actor Alec Guinness most famously collaborated on the epic masterpieces "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," but they also made this relatively small, outstanding picture based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name about the runaway orphan who gets mixed up with thug Fagin (Guinness in top form).
"Easter Parade" (March 22): Fred Astaire and Judy Garland star in this romantic musical about a pair of dancers climbing their way to stardom; Irving Berlin score includes such American song book favorites as "Steppin' Out With My Baby."
Details: 6 p.m. (most) Fridays, Jan. 11 - March 22, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $5 (nonmembers); $3 (museum members). Information: 941-746-4131 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.
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