Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The International Friendship Club (IFC) continues its Monday Night Movies this season with an exciting "Hollywood Classics" movie series. All of these blockbuster films, stretching back to 1940, won "Best Picture" Oscars the year they were released.
The movies are only $40 pesos (with proceeds going to charity) and that includes free popcorn! The cash bar opens at 6:30 and the movies begin at 7:00 pm at the IFC Clubhouse (directions below).
The Series kicked off January 12 with the 1940 Academy Award winner Rebecca. Alfred Hitchcock's first American film, this romantic thriller starring no less than Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine is based on the timeless novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Mysterious widower Maxim de Winter brings his shy young bride home to his imposing estate Manderley where his bride finds her life dominated by the sinister, spectral influence of Maxim's late wife, who still rules Manderley and Maxim from beyond the grave.
All About Eve follows on January 19. Named the Best Picture of 1950 and one of the most acclaimed films in academy history with 14 nominations, this classic features the legendary Bette Davis playing stage legend Margo Channing. As Margo's star is dimming, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), young, ambitious ingénue, becomes her all-too willing protégé and slowly this dreamy-eyed kid spins a cunning web that eventually destroys Margo. George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Barbara Bates, Gary Merrill, and Thelma Ritter also appear, and the film provided one of Marilyn Monroe's earliest important roles.
On February 2nd, you won't want to miss the 1956 Oscar winner Around the World in 80 Days. Mexico's beloved Cantinflas stars opposite David Niven in a role for which Cantinflas won the Golden Globe Award for best actor in a comedy. Robert Newton and Shirley MacLaine round out the great cast in this lovable adventure about trying to traverse the globe in record speed in a balloon and getting into deep trouble wherever it lands.
Look for a future article with details of later films in the series, and see the full listing below. There are no advance ticket sales, doors open at 6:30 some come then and get your seat and your popcorn! We'll see you at the Classics Monday nights!
Full Series Listing:
January 19th - All About Eve (1950), Joseph Mankiewicz Dir, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Marilyn Monroe
Jan 26 - On The Waterfront (1954), Elia Kazan Dir, Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb
February 2nd - Around The World in 80 Days (1956), Michael Todd Dir, David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, Shirley McClain
Feb 9 - Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), David Lean Dir, Alec Guinness, William Holden
February 16th - West Side Story (1961), Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins Dir, Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer
Feb 23 - The French Connection (1971), William Friedkin Dir, Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider
March 2nd - The Sting (1973), George Roy Hill Dir, Paul Newman, Robert Redford
March 9 - Chariots of Fire (1981), Hugh Hudson Dir, Ben Cross, Ian Charleson
March 16th - Out of Africa (1985), Sydney Pollack Dir, Meryl Streep, Robert RedfordThe International Friendship Club is a registered charitable organization in Mexico listed as Club Internacional de la Amistad de Puerto Vallarta A.C. It is located at the northeast corner of the Rio Cuale Bridge above the HSBC Bank, Colonia El Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, 48300. Phone: 322-222-5466. Website: ifcvallarta.com Email: ifcvallarta(at)gmail.com