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The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival

Updated: February 18, 2024

The Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival Returns in March 2024  – The Genre for this series is “Movies which are much better than their remakes

In the Spring of 2014 the Davis Odd Fellows offered the 1st series of the Classic Film Festival, offering three classic films for public viewing in the Upper Hall of the Lodge. Except for a pandemic hiatus, we have been showing these classic films for the past nine years.  The films are presented on the big screen in the Upper Hall. Odd Fellows, Pledges, friends, family and the general public are welcome, and there is no admission charge (although donations in support of classic films are accepted at the door).

Doors open at 6:29 p.m. and the program begins at 7:01 p.m.

“A special feature of the Classic Film Festival, since the inception, has been our honored guest, Derrick Bang, the talented and respected film reviewer for the Davis Enterprise,” said Dave Rosenberg, Former Chair of the Classic Film Committee. “No one in Northern California knows more about classic cinema, and Derrick will be at each showing giving the backstory of the film, the actors, and the director. These are details about the film and the actors that are generally unknown to the public. It’s entertaining and fascinating stuff from the Golden Age of Hollywood.”

In each series, the Classic Film Festival Committee, working with Derrick Bang, picks the genre for the three films. Past series have featured an eclectic number of genre including romantic comedy, science fiction, courtroom dramas, classic spy thrillers, and more. “The genre for the upcoming series is called ‘British Films’. Here is the line-up, with Derrick Bang’s comments as to each film:

March 31: The Lady Killers (1955) — Tonight’s feature is The Ladykillers” (1955). How can you top Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in this Ealing Studios classic? You can’t, and Tom Hanks shouldn’t have tried in 2004. A rare Coen Brothers flop.

April 7: The Time Machine (1960) — Tonight’s feature is The Time Machine” (1960). This film holds up impressively well thanks to a smart script, Rod Taylor’s all-in performance, and very clever special effects. The2002 remake is just a dumb adventure, and deservedly bombed.

April 14: Alfie (1966) — Tonight’s feature is Alfie (1966). This film made Michael Caine a star, and it holds up remarkably well. The 2004 remake simply doesn’t work, despite Jude Law’s presence, because the story is “locked in time” in the mid-1960s. It can’t be made in today’s more permissive climate..

The Odd Fellows bar, with wine, beer, mixed drinks and soft drinks is always open before and during the film. Popcorn is always free.

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