We are delighted to confirm that Peter William Evans, Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will be giving a short introduction to The Cobweb on 26th January. Evans’ research interests include Hollywood, Spanish cinema, and British cinema. His publications include Written on the Wind (2013), Top Hat (2010), Carol Reed (2005), and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1996).
We are delighted to announce that our next event will be a 35mm presentation of Vincente Minnelli’s lavish melodrama, The Cobweb (1955). At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, headed by Dr Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark), residents and staff are thrown into turmoil by the decision to replace the library curtains. Everyone has an opinion: from McIver’s frustrated wife (Gloria Grahame) to thorny administrator Victoria Inch (Lillian Gish) to artistic patient Steven Holte (John Kerr). As the debate rages on and the tension ratchets up, the characters slowly unravel. With a touching turn from Lauren Bacall as the widowed art teacher, and a dazzling ensemble cast including Oscar Levant, Fay Wray and Charles Boyer, The Cobweb is a fascinating spectacle realised with Minnelli’s typical eye for extravagant set design.
A 35mm presentation at the wonderful Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel 26th January 2017. Tickets to be released November 2016. We’ll update with further details here, on Twitter and on our Facebook page.