FROM “AUNTIE MAME” TO “THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT,” IMPROBABLE RELATIONSHIPS DOMINATE AUGUST’S “REEL 13”ON THIRTEEN
Four acclaimed films air during shortened-by-Pledge schedule
A bohemian aunt and her impressionable nephew in New York society, a Montana preacher and a young drifter involved in a robbery heist, an orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman, and a dying man and his ex-wife make up August’s four Reel 13 offerings, each of which explores an unlikely relationship.
The latter opened at New York’s Broadhurst Theater in 1956 and ran for 639 performances, with Russell, as well as Yuki Shimoda, Jan Handzlik, and Tony Award-winning Peggy Cass all of whom reprised their parts on the big screen.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña.
The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
“Auntie Mame” (1958) Dir: Morton DaCosta
A bohemian socialite (Rosalind Russell) teaches her nephew how to live. Broadway lyricists, book writers and performers Betty Comden and Adolph Green adapted the Broadway play taken from Patrick Dennis’ novel. With Forrest Tucker, Peggy Cass, Coral Browne, and Roger Smith.
The friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who teach at a Brooklyn school grows when they learn they both going through arranged marriages. With Zoe Lister Jones, Francis Benhamou and Mimi Lieber.
“Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974) Dir: Michael Cimino (also screenplay)
A young drifter (Jeff Bridges) joins a Montana preacher (Clint Eastwood) in a repeat of an earlier robbery. With Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach, Gary Busey.
“Barking Water” (2008) Dir: Sterlin Harjo (also screenplay)
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