THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL Film series
is brought to you by the Capitol Arts Complex in conjunction with Jervis Library and Keaton & Lloyd Bookstore.
More details are coming soon!
Great American Novels Made Into Great American Movies
Watch these classic films in new digital restorations on a 20 ft. high screen in the restored Capitol Theatre!
The series begins September 24 with the The John Ford directed movie THE GRAPES OF WRATH (20th Century Fox, 1940),
novel by John Steinbeck.
Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine star in the film adaptation of the controversial John Steinbeck best-seller that looks at a family of displaced “Oakies” who are forced to relocate from the “Dust Bowl” to California during the Great Depression. Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide says the story is, “Lovingly brought to the screen. Fonda, as ex-con, is unforgettable in role of his life.” Oscars included Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Darwell). (Screened by arrangement of Walt Disney Studios.) TICKETS
Adults $7, seniors/students/military $6, Capitol Friends $5, children (12 & under) $3.
Here is the series lineup:
Saturday, November 19, 1:30 & 6:30: Giant (Warner Bros., 1956; Technicolor; 201 minutes; digital [DCP] presentation) Directed by George Stevens, Edna Ferber’s epic 1952 novel covering two generations of Texas oil families was brought to the screen four years later; the resulting movie was Warner Bros. biggest grossing production to date, and would be nominated for 10 Oscars. Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean (in his last screen role) star. “An excellent film which registers strongly on all levels, whether it’s in its breathtaking panoramic shots of the dusty Texas plains; the personal, dramatic impact of the story itself, or the resounding message it has to impart.” –Variety. (Screened by arrangement of Warner Bros.)
Adults $7, seniors/students/military $6, Capitol Friends $5, children (12 & under $3). TICKETS
Friday, February 10 at 7:00; Saturday, February 11 at 2:30 & 7:00:In the Heat of the Night(Mirisch/United Artists, 1967; color; 110 minutes) John Ball’s groundbreaking novel, translated to the screen, chronicles the explosive case of a black police inspector (Sidney Poitier) from Philadelphia who, while traveling in the deep south, becomes a suspect in a brutal murder simply because of the color of his skin. After he is assigned to assist in the case he butts heads with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger) and the locals who resent a black man in a position of authority. “A film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth.” –New York Times TICKETS
Saturday, May 6, 2023 2:30 & 7:00:The Magnificent Ambersons(RKO, 1942; B&W, 88 minutes; digital presentation [DCP])
Orson Welles’ adapted, directed, and narrates this screen adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s Pulizer Prize-winning novel of a wealthy Indiana family at the turn-of-the-Century whose lives are sent into a turmoil by changing times. Welles’ movie version is often considered one of the most faithful and affectionate silver screen incarnations of a work of literature ever made. The stars include Joseph Cotton, Tim Holt, Anne Baxter, Dolor6oand Agnes Moorehead. Nominated for four Oscars, in recent years the movie’s reputation has increased in some quarters to the extent that it is considered on a par with Welles’ famed Citizen Kane. “…amazing and memorable.” –Pauline Kael, The New Yorker. (Screened by arrangement with Warner Bros.) Adults $7, seniors/students/military $6, Capitol Friends $5, children (12 & under) $3. TICKETS
(RKO, 1942; Directed by Orson Welles)
Saturday, July 1, 2:30 & 7:00: Drums Along the Mohawk (20 th Century Fox, 1939; color, 103 minutes) Boonville, N.Y.-born author, Walter D. Edmonds’ best-selling novel was colorfully brought to the screen by the legendary Hollywood director John Ford. The story of life in Upstate New York (set
primarily in Deerfield, near present-day Utica) during the American Revolution stars Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver, Ward Bond, and John Carradine. “Action, drama, sentiment, humor deftly interwoven in beautiful Technicolor production.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide. TICKETS
Thursday, August 10, 2023 7:00:The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., 1941; B&W, 100 minutes; digital presentation [DCP]) Considered by many film historians to be the quintessential “film noir,” the 1941 film version of Dashiell Hammett’s novel about hard-boiled detective Sam Spade. Humphrey Bogart was elevated to full-star-status with his performance of Spade, and others in the cast include Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Ward Bond. The movie was nominated for three Oscars and, in 1989, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” “This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.” –Variety. (Screened by arrangement with Warner Bros.) Adults $7, seniors/students/military $6, Capitol Friends $5, children (12 & under) $3.