Stanley Donen retrospective continues at the Nick

08/04/2014 10:35 PM

08/04/2014 10:36 PM

For fans of classic movies and local trivia, The Nickelodeon Theatre has plenty of both this month.

“A Lotta Talent and A Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen” is a month-long movie festival celebrating the 90th birthday of the last living notable director from Hollywood’s golden age.

Donen directed such classic films as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “On the Town,” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” He received an honorary Academy Award in 1998.

The theater is showing a series of classic Donen films on Mondays and Tuesdays through the end of August. Pre-film discussions are led by local film experts.

This week, “Charade” is the featured film, starring Audrey Hepburn as the wife of a murdered man and Cary Grant as the gentleman who offers to help her. It’s a comedy-thriller, with a Hitchcock flair.

Other films in the series include:

•  “The Little Prince” –Aug. 9. A Saturday morning screening of the musical fantasy based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
• “Royal Wedding” – Aug. 11 and 12. Two real-life weddings inspired this story. First, the marriage of Adele Astaire (Fred Astaire’s sister) to a British nobleman, and the wedding of England’s Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip.
• “Funny Face” – Aug. 18 and 19. Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire star in this story about a store clerk who is discovered as a model during an impromptu fashion shoot at a bookstore.
• “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” – Aug. 25 and 26. When a backwoodsman brings a bride home to his Oregon farm, his six brothers decide they want to find wives for themselves.

“The Little Prince” will be shown at 10 a.m. on Aug. 9.

All other movies will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at nickelodeon.org.

Bridget Winston, Special to The State

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