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AIFF Films at the Liberty

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - Liberty Theater

AIFF Winter Film Series Noises Off!

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
104 minutes - March 20, 1992

The comedy where everyone gets caught in the act!

Hired to helm an Americanized take on a British play, director Lloyd Fellowes (Michael Caine) does his best to control an eccentric group of stage actors. During practice sessions, things run smoothly. However, when Lloyd and his actors begin a series of performances leading up to a Broadway premiere, chaos ensues. Star actress Dotty (Carol Burnett) is quickly passing her prime, male lead Frederick (Christopher Reeve) has no confidence, and bit actor Selsdon (Denholm Elliott) is rarely sober. Also stars: Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, Mark Linn-Baker, John Ritter and Nicollette Sheridan. Based on Noses Off by Michael Frayn.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - Liberty Theater

AIFF Winter Film Series Singin' In The Rain

Directed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
103 minutes - April 11, 1952

One of the best musicals ever made!

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late '20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies."

The film was only a modest hit when first released, with only O'Connor's Best Comedy for Musical Lead Actor win at the Golden Globes, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's win for their screenplay at the Writers Guild of America Awards, and the best supporting actress Oscar nomination for Jean Hagen being the major recognitions. However, it was accorded its legendary status by contemporary critics. It is now frequently regarded as one of the best musicals ever made, and the best film ever made in the "Arthur Freed Unit" at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It topped the AFI's 100 Years of Musicals list, and is ranked as the fifth greatest American motion picture of all time in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007.

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Ron Craig, Executive Director

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