Funny film series starts Friday


Subtitled “Ten Weeks of Laughs for a Dollar Each Week,” a new film series starts at 1 p.m. Friday 9-20 in the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy auditorium. Everyone is welcome.

Several series focusing on various film genres have been held. This newest offering is billed as a “Comedy Film Discussion Series,” and 11 films will be screened during the 10-week class coordinated by Patricia O’Toole.

She offers a quote from American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you.”

“Now is your opportunity to come and laugh with fellow film lovers in a class sponsored by the county Department of Parks and Recreation-Kamana Center,” O’Toole said. “A wide variety of great comedies will be featured in this next session of the Friday Film Series.” Each session will be at 1 p.m. on a Friday at the institute at 640 North A‘ohoku Place, at the end of the street above ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.

The series opens with “The In- Laws,” starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk as the fathers of an engaged couple. One is an uptight dentist, the other a strange CIA type who get involved in a series of adventures.

A class leader will give information on each film’s cast, director, writer and other topics before the film is shown. Following the showing a directed discussion by class participants on the film just seen will be held.

For a complete list of films, e-mail patsy_otoole@hotmail.com or call 333-9850.

Others in the Friday comedy film series follow:

l Oct. 4: “Duck Soup “(1933), directed by Leo McCarey; starring all four Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern. Wealthy woman will fund small bankrupt nation if her choice is appointed leader; “Modern Times” (1936), directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulete Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin. Factory worker and street girl contend with unemployment and the cops.

l Oct. 11: “The Court Jester” (1956), directed by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama; starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick, John Carradine. Itinerant minstrel becomes involved in restoring the rightful heir to the throne of a medieval kingdom.

l Oct. 18: “All of Me” (1984), directed by Rob Reiner; starring Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin. Dying woman wants her soul transferred to a young woman, and to make her her heir. Her lawyer objects.

l Oct. 25: “My Man Godfrey” (1936), directed by Gregory La Cava; starring William Powell, Carole Lombard. Socialite hires down-and-out man as butler, but not is all as it seems.

l Nov. 1: “My Favorite Year” (1982), directed by Richard Benjamin; starring Peter O’Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna. Young man is assigned to babysit drunken has-been actor for a TV show.

l Nov. 8: “A Shot in the Dark” (1964), directed by Blake Edwards; starring Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom. Murder investigation is bungled by inept French police inspector.

l Nov. 15: “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris; starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin. Dysfunctional family travels to enter little girl in a beauty/talent contest.

l Nov. 22: “The Producers” (1968), directed by Mel Brooks; starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn. Broadway producers try to stage a flop, but it succeeds.

l Nov. 29: Thanksgiving; no film.

l Dec. 6: “The Full Monty” (1997), directed by Peter Cattaneo; starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison. Out-of-work British steelworkers decide to become male strippers.

 

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