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April 8, 2010
April 10, 2010
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“Hollywood and the Great Depression: 10 cent Entertainment During Difficult Times”

The 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival will showcase the films the nation watched during Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s. It was an era of big budget musicals, outsize actors and actresses, crime and gangsters, and many films that are today’s classics!

Our weekend lineup includes cinematic favorites starring Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, and Claudette Colbert, as well as a special screening of the Disney favorite:
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

The Lowell Film Festival is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


April 8, 2010

Jezebel (1938, 1 hr 44 min)
Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street

Join us for Opening Night of the Lowell Film Festival with this Academy Award-winning classic! Enchanting and feisty, Lowell’s own Bette Davis portrays Jezebel, an arrogant, head strong southern belle in antebellum Louisiana who loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, but vows to get him back.

Friday, April 9

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, 2 hr 9 min)
Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street
Our Friday Night Headline Film features the incomparable Jimmy Stewart as the naïve and idealistic Jefferson Smith who is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. Unfortunately, Smith’s plans promptly collide with political corruption.

Frankenstein (1931, 70 min)
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street

Stay up late with the Lowell Film Festival for this fantastic screening at Lowell’s renowned 119 Gallery! Dr. Henry Frankenstein, an ardent young scientist, unleashes horror when he pieces together a human from secretly collected body parts, then gives the creature life. Boris Karloff (the Monster) and director James Whale brought chills to 1930s movie-goers with this marvelous, timeless thriller!

Saturday, April 10
The Grapes of Wrath (1940, 2hr 8 min)
12 Noon: Panel Discussion
1PM: Film Screening
Boott Cotton Mills Museum Events Center, 115 John Street

Hear fascinating historical information on the effects of the Great Depression on the City of Lowell at a pre-film panel discussion. How were local mill workers affected? What role, if any, did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA (Works Projects Administration) play in the City’s recovery?

Immediately following will be a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film that garnered Oscars for John Ford (Best Director) and Jane Darwell (Best Actress). After serving four years in prison for killing a man, Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) heads back to his Oklahoma family farm only to find it has been foreclosed on. Together, the displaced family begins their journey west for a new life.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, 83 min)
Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street

The Lowell Film Festival brings family-friendly fare to the Pollard Library! Disney’s animated classic tells the tale of a beautiful young maiden who escapes from her wicked stepmother, only to find a peaceful life in the shelter of the woods in the home of seven welcoming faces! But Snow White’s life is turned upside down as her stepmother continues to seeks vengeance.

Modern Times (1936, 86 min)
Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street
Guest Speaker: Professor Todd Avery, University of Massachusetts/Lowell

“The Tramp” struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Don’t miss this marvelous, subtle exploration of TODAY’S worker and his role in our current industrialized nation. The film’s hauntingly modern themes and Chaplin’s ingenuity will be brilliantly discussed by UMass Lowell Professor Todd Avery.

It Happened One Night (1934, 1 hr 45 min)
UMass Lowell O’Leary Library (Room 222), 61 Wilder Street

Saturday’s Headline Film, directed by the legendary Frank Capra, swept the 1935 Academy Awards by winning a total of 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), and Best Director! Follow the zany, romantic adventures of a spoiled heiress (Colbert) who while fleeing from her family is helped by a charming man who’s actually a reporter looking for a story (Gable). Playful and flirty, Colbert and Gable were the perfect Hollywood match!

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, 75 min)
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street

The Lowell Film Festival comes to an official close with this fabulous late-night film event! The Monster is in need of a bride and Dr. Henry Frankenstein is all to willing to accommodate! See director James Whale’s unforgettable sequel to his 1931 chiller, with Boris Karloff reprising his role as The Monster and the beautiful, mysterious Elsa Lanchester as his worthy mate …. it’s match-making on a whole other level.

For more information, please visit the Lowell Film Festival website.

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