The World of Film - Perfect Pix

Thursdays, April 4 - May 2
9:30 AM - Noon

Film Leader: Joe Fanning
Location: NEC Science Building, 58 Depot Street, Henniker

Over the years, many films have been considered ‘flawless.’ However, the films in this series have been described by countless people as perfect in at least one, if not many other additional aspects.

Color: Considered to have the most pristine Technicolor, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), a Swashbuckler epic, has never been equaled despite the numerous color movies made since. (Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland & Basil Rathbone)

Acting: Stagecoach (1939) has a perfect cast. As a result, this powerful Western is considered to be an ultimate example of a talented ensemble along with phenomenal scenery. (John Wayne et al.)

Style: While Sunrise (1927) may be silent and has a story line about a lurid love affair & murder plans, the superb images are so enchanting that anyone who ever sees this film cannot stop talking about it. (directed by FW Murnau & starring Janet Gaynor)

Editing: The crime packed Bonnie and Clyde (1968) has such exceptional cuts and angle concepts that almost every film made since has followed this specific film’s stylistic format. (Warren Beatty & Faye Dunway)

Dialogue: To Be or Not to Be (1942) has a 3rd rate traveling troupe needing to deal with the Nazi invasion of Poland which results in dynamic fine wit, doubletalk, and overall farce despite the excessive evils surrounding that main frame of the storyline. (Jack Benny & Carole Lombard – her last film)

Joe Fanning’s interest in and sharing of cinema and its history has extended over the decades. His early interest in Silents, beginning during his teen years, wound up with later interactions with numerous stars from that time period and beyond. Since then, he has organized different film festivals in various locations within the states of NJ, PA, and NY. He has, in addition to hosting those programs, also lectured at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art about Robert Harron, a Silent Star. Thus, this retired educational librarian greatly enjoys sharing movies with others and informing audiences about the background of, and stories behind, the entertainment presented on the big screen.