Archive for April, 2013


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The only film maker to win Oscars for both direction and writing two years in a row – an achievement that remains unmatched, 63 years later – Joseph L. Mankiewicz created some of the screen’s most memorable stories, characters, and dialogue. His range of subjects was vast, and this highly entertaining course covers it all.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir: A young English widow develops a relationship with the ghost of a crusty sea captain whose seaside cottage she has leased, in this most tender of romantic fantasies. Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison head the cast.
A Letter to Three Wives: Three friends are left wondering which one of their husbands has run off with the town flirt, in this delightful satire of small-town American values starring Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern, Linda Darnell, and Kirk Douglas. It won Oscars for direction and screenplay, and was nominated for best picture.
All About Eve: Mankiewicz’s best-known film is a deliciously acid-tongued look at the theatre and those who live in, on, and for it. Bette Davis gave one of her greatest performances, as a legendary actress nearing the twilight of her career. The film, which co-stars Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, and Marilyn Monroe, earned a still-unsurpassed 14 Oscar nominations. It won six, including best picture, director, screenplay, and supporting actor (George Sanders). “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
People Will Talk: An unconventional doctor defends his practices and finds love within the walls of his own clinic, in this touching humanist comedy/drama anchored by Cary Grant’s stellar performance.
Sleuth: Mankiewicz crowned his career with this diabolically entertaining game of cat-and-mouse between an aristocratic mystery writer and a middle-class rival. Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine were Oscar-nominated as best actor, and Mankiewicz for the fourth and final time as best director.

Don Anderson will introduce the films with extensive background information and trivia, and lead an informal group discussion after you’ve watched each one in its entirety. Bonus documentaries and interviews will further enrich your enjoyment.

Five Thursdays, October 17 to November 14
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fee: $75

The course is held in the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. To register, please call 204 475 0483, drop by the store, or log on to: