Summer Classics 2022 (Tribute to Mal Vincent)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Monday, August 29th at 7pm and Tuesday, August 30th matinee, time to be announced.
Hosted by Danny Epperson and Page Laws (Monday screening only)

(Following written by Mal Vincent) Exquisite, elegant Audrey Hepburn shines as Holly Golightly in one of the most requested films. (The only other Hepburn film shown in Mal’s festival has been her greatest dramatic role, in The Nun’s Story). Based on the Truman Capote novella, the film features the memorable Henry Mancini score and the Oscar-winning song “Moon River.” The cast includes George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and a regrettably stereotyped outing by Mickey Rooney. (forgiveness is required) Blake Edwards directed. Mal confirms that Miss Hepburn in person was just as enchanting as on screen. He has requested that his obituary would include the fact that he once held hands with Audrey Hepburn.  (1961, 115 minutes)

Co-host Danny EppersonDanny Epperson is an Emmy award-winning producer, director, writer, editor, actor, and television host. His most recent hosting duties were with WHRO Public Media’s “Cinema 15” classic film series. At WHRO, Danny also produced “This Week in Mal’s World,” an award-winning podcast featuring legendary film critic, Mal Vincent. Danny also produced the daily talk radio program, “HearSay with Cathy Lewis” on WHRV-FM.

 

Page Laws, Ph.D. is Professor of English and Dean Emerita at Norfolk State University. She was a film colleague and close companion of Mal.

 

 

 

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Born Yesterday

Monday, August 22nd at 7pm and Tuesday, August 23rd matinee, time to be announced.
Hosted by Jim Newsom (Monday screening only)

Brassy blonde moll Billie Dawn hits Washington, D.C., with her unscrupulous millionaire sugar daddy, Harry Brock, and his sleazy lawyer, Jim Devery, who has been pressuring Harry to marry Billie by pointing out that a wife cannot be forced to testify against her husband. In an effort to make Billie more socially acceptable, Harry hires journalist Paul Verrall to smarten her up — and sparks soon fly between the pair. Starring Judy Holliday, William Holden, & Broderick Crawford. (1950, 103 minutes)

Jim Newsom is a long-time journalist, songwriter, and performing musician. He has frequently  been heard on local public radio and television working as an on-air host for many pledge drives over the years.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Monday, August 15th at 7pm and Tuesday, August 16th matinee, time to be announced.
Hosted by Chris Palestrant (Monday screening only)

Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond much to the disapproval of Gus’ rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw, Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone, a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, & Charles Coburn. (1953, 91 minutes)

Chris Palestrant is Professor of Music at Elizabeth City State University and a celebrated composer and lecturer.

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Sunset Boulevard

Monday, August 8th at 7pm and Tuesday, August 9th matinee, time to be announced.
Hosted by Dan Duke (Monday screening only)

(Following written by Mal Vincent) The ultimate inside-Hollywood drama with Norma Desmond (the former silent screen star played by Gloria Swanson) ready for her close-up. “I AM big,” she tells us. “It’s the pictures that got small.” Directed by Billy Wilder,the film is the ultimate classic about fame, the loss of fame and the loneliness that results. It features Academy Award-nominated performances from Gloria Swanson, William Holden, and Nancy Olson.  (1950, 110 minutes)

Dan Duke was the entertainment editor of The Virginian-Pilot for 10 years, up until 2021, where he had a close working relationship with Mal – editing his prolific newspaper writing.

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The Great Escape

Monday, August 1st at 6:30pm and Tuesday, August 2nd matinee, time to be announced.
Hosted by Joe Flannigan (Monday screening only)

Imprisoned during World War II in a German POW camp, a group of Allied soldiers are intent on breaking out, not only to escape, but also to draw Nazi forces away from battle to search for fugitives. Among the prisoners determined to escape are American Captain Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen) and British Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). Outwitting their captors by digging a tunnel out of the prison grounds, the soldiers find the stakes much higher when escape becomes a reality. Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, & Richard Attenborough (1963, 172 minutes)

Joe Flanagan has worked as a reporter and news anchor at WVEC 13 for over 30 years, including as long-time host of the popular Joe’s Jobs series.

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