Akron’s Nightlight Cinema will show The Assassin, latest film of Hou Hsiao-hsien and his first in several years, from October 30 through November 5. Check the Nightlight’s website for times.
ReelMassillon will present Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole at the Massillon Museum on November 5 at 7:00. This is one of Wilder’s best and most incisive films. When I heard him speak at the UCLA film school, he talked about the controversial reception given the work at the time of its release — it was not a financial success — and revealed the the hurt of receiving comments about having his nerve, as an immigrant, to be criticizing America. Who understood America better than Billy Wilder?
If you don’t know Ace in the Hole, here is your opportunity.
Billy Wilder’s ten masterpieces:
1. Double Indemnity
2. The Lost Weekend
3. A Foreign Affair
4. Sunset Boulevard
5. Ace in the Hole
6. Love in the Afternoon
7. Some Like It Hot
8. The Apartment
9. Kiss Me, Stupid
10. The Fortune Cookie
Upon its release Kiss Me, Stupid, number 9 on my chronological list, was critically trounced. In recent years it has been gradually rehabilitated, and it deserves to be. The tone, especially the ending, is unusual and makes it one of the most European films made in Hollywood. (Acknowledgment to Ephraim Katz and Richard Giifford for facts and insight,)
ReelMassillon is sponsored by the Massillon Museum, the Lions Lincoln Theatre, Historic Massillon Main Street, ArtsinStark and KinoArts.
Next regular post FRIDAY October 30
See you at the movies,