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Around Town: Classic films from Capra, Hawks and Ford

September 15, 2011 |  6:00 am

 

Jimmy Stewart
 
Several classic films starring luminaries of the golden age of cinema, including Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lon Chaney, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Jean Harlow and John Garfield will be unspooling this week.

Two of Frank Capra’s Depression-era classics screen Thursday evening at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre. In 1939’s "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,"  Stewart stars as an idealistic young congressman, and in 1936’s "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," for which Capra won the directing Oscar, Cooper plays a naive small-town poet who inherits a fortune and moves to New York. Both films also star Arthur.

The Aero screens another Depression-era hit, the 1936 best picture Oscar-winner "The Great Ziegfeld," Saturday evening. Powell plays the famed showman Florenz Ziegfeld in this lavish musical-drama that also stars Myrna Loy as his second wife, Billie Burke, and Luise Rainer in her first lead actress Oscar-winning role, as his first wife, actress Anna Held.

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