Holiday films at the Dryden Theatre in December
Titles in include It’s a Wonderful Life and Babes in Toyland
For Release 2009-11-17
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House is celebrating the holiday season with classic films and a series of “toy stories” in December (all for regular Dryden admission):
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Vincente Minnelli, US 1944, 113 min.). Judy Garland stars as Esther Smith, a daughter of a prominent St. Louis businessman around the time of the World’s Fair in 1903. Her world is turned upside down when she falls in love with the boy next door and her father informs the family that they are moving to New York. A holiday classic and one of Minnelli’s first musicals, it brought us some excellent tunes including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song.”
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, US 1946, 129 min., 35mm). Capra’s masterpiece is not only the quintessential Christmas movie, but one of the greatest films ever made. The simple story of George Bailey (James Stewart), a man who dreams big but ultimately decides to stay in his hometown of Bedford Falls, seems more profound with each successive viewing.
A SERIES OF “TOY STORIES”
As movie fans eagerly await the holidays and the return of Buzz and Woody to the big screen, the Dryden has assembled “toy stories” for the whole family as Sunday matinees:
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE. (Richard Williams, US 1977, 84 min.). Famed animator Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) directed this visually stunning and unjustly neglected widescreen family movie that brings the legendary toy characters of Johnny Gruelle’s stories to life. In a plot that bears a strong resemblance to Toy Story, the title characters set out beyond the playroom to rescue French doll Babette, with the help of the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees. The catchy songs are by Sesame Street’s Joe Raposo.
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
SMALL SOLDIERS (Joe Dante, US 1998, 99 min.). A malfunctioning batch of war-mongering G.I. Joe-like action figures fight very real and dangerous battles with their equally intelligent mutant nemeses, the Gorgonites. The live action cast of this witty action comedy and anti-war satire includes Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, and, in his final film, the late Phil Hartman. The toys’ voices are provided by Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Christopher Guest, Bruce Dern, Ernest Borgnine, and many more.
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20
BABES IN TOYLAND (Gus Meins & Charley Rogers, US 1934, 77 min.) Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star as Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum, two bumbling inhabitants of Toyland, in this unusual and memorable screen adaptation of Victor Herbert’s operetta. Preceded by a miniaturized Stan and Ollie in BRATS (James Parrott, US 1930, 20 min.).