Not that there’s anything wrong with well-made, powerful films that address the serious social issues of our time, films that make us think, discuss, and maybe even open up our minds about things; but this isn’t one of them. This one is pure fun entertainment in every frame, a reminder of why we fell in love with movies in the first place.
Coronado Island Film Festival will bring “High Society” (1956) to the big screen as part of its monthly Classic Film Series on Wednesday, September 28 in Coronado’s Village Theatre, 820 Orange Ave. Tickets, which include complimentary adult beverages and other refreshments, are $15 and may be purchased in advance at coronadofilmfest.com (preferred), or at the CIFF table at the door beginning at 4:45 p.m. on the night of the screening (cash or credit card). Theatre doors will open at 5 p.m. for a “Meet and Greet” in the auditorium, followed by a vintage classic cartoon and feature presentation at 5:30 p.m.
A musical remake of the 1940 film “The Philadelphia Story” with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart, “High Society” stars an impossibly beautiful 26-year-old Grace Kelly as Newport socialite Tracy Lord, who’s preparing for her upcoming society wedding while living in a gorgeous Newport mansion, wearing gorgeous Helen Rose clothes, and being simultaneously wooed by her ex-husband (Bing Crosby), who wants her back, and a wise-cracking, quite-smitten magazine reporter (Frank Sinatra), who has been sent, along with a fellow reporter, played by Celeste Holm, to cover the wedding. John Lund is featured as George Kittredge, Tracy’s rigidly snobbish fiancé, as is Louis Armstrong, in a wonderful role as himself. The original musical score by Cole Porter, his first in eight years, was nominated for an Academy Award. Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly’s charming duet, “True Love,” written by Porter, was a million seller and won platinum records for both Crosby and Kelly.
Next month, as you gaze out your window at the alarming number of big ugly black crows in town, prepare yourself for some classic Alfred Hitchcock. CIFF will creep you out in time for Halloween with “The Birds” on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Tickets are already selling.
And – before you know it – CIFF 2022 will be here! Nov. 9-13! Amazing things are in store for you as plans are shaping up for our seventh, best-ever year! Visit CoronadoFilmFest.com to purchase your festival passes, and for the latest news and updates on films and festival events.
VOL. 112, NO. 38 – Sept. 21, 2022