Gilpin Library film series features pre-color ‘classics’

Every Saturday in November, the Gilpin Library presents a different classic, black and white film.

“I Walked with a Zombie” (1943), kicks off the series Nov. 1. Despite the lurid title, the movie is a classy, brilliantly shot, meditative take on “Jane Eyre.” It was directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars Frances Dee, Tom Conway, and James Ellison. In the film, a young Canadian nurse goes to the West Indies to care for the wife of a plantation manager with mental paralysis.

“Orpheus” (1949) follows on Nov. 8. The film, directed by Jean Cocteau, revisits the Orpheus legend. Updates to reconstruction Paris, the story concerns a sensitive young poet named Orpheus (Jean Marais), who is married to the lovely Eurydice (Marie Dea). True to the legend, Orpheus must travel to the underworld and back for the sake of love.

On Nov. 15, “Yojimbo” (1961), directed by Akira Kurosawa, will be screened. Sanjuro, a wandering samurai, arrives in a small village in nineteenth century Japan, which is divided between two gangsters, and he plays each side against the other to free the village.

“Vivre Sa Vie” (1963), directed by Jean-Luc Godard, is next on Nov. 22 The film consists of 12 episodic tales of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. It stars Anna Karina, who is magic in the lead role and is not well-known and “criminally under seen.”

The final film, “Paper Moon” (1973) will be shone Nov. 29. It was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and stars Ryan O’Neal and Tatum O’Neal. During the Great Depression a con man find himself saddled with a young girl, who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

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