British Film Rarities at the Stanford
For hardcore film buffs willing to take a chance on a number of lesser-known British films from the 30s, 40s, and 50s – the Golden Age – there are multiple delights to be found in the new program, Rare Treasures of British Cinema, opening tonight and running through October 31st at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto.
Even the best-known titles of the two dozen – The Wicked Lady (1945), starring British beauty Margaret Lockwood and the euphonious James Mason, and Madonna of the Seven Moons, (1945), starring Phyllis Calvert and Stewart Granger – are rarely if ever shown in any format.
The program, which changes twice a week, includes wacky comedies (Gasbags and It’s that Man Again, on September 25th and 26th), costume melodramas (The Man in Grey, starring Lockwood, Mason, Calvert, AND Granger!, on October 2nd and 3rd ), war thrillers (They Met in the Dark, starring James Mason, double-billed with The Man in Grey on October 2nd and 3rd), and musicals (Sailing Along, starring the perky buck-toothed tapper Jessie Matthews, a favorite of Fred Astaire’s.) Something for everyone! --Meredith Brody