January 26, 2013

M at the Detroit Film Theatre, Jan. 26

As part of their DFT 101 classic film series, the Detroit Film Theatre will screen M (1931) on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

The program begins at 4 pm.

Admission is $5 for all seats, and free for members of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets may be purchased on-line through the DIA website. Pick up tickets at the Will Call office at the DIA.

The Detroit Film Theatre is located within the Detroit Institute of Arts at 5200 Woodward Avenue, in Detroit, Michigan. Directions to the DIA are available on the museum’s website.

Parking is available in a number of locations near the DIA. The Cultural Center Lot offers secure self-parking on John R. Street, directly behind the museum, for a cost of $5 daily. Other self-parking locations at Wayne State University include the Welcome Center, Structure #8, Visitor Lot #59, and Lot #35. Valet parking is available at the Farnsworth Street entrance during museum hours. More information about parking may be found on the DIA website.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Lorre biographer Stephen Youngkin details the making of M, including the remembrances of people who worked on the film or visited the set, such as Peter’s brother Andrew. A remastered version of M is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Criterion, including the French-language version and the long-lost English-language version.

January 24, 2013

Film Noir Series Includes 2 Lorre Films

The Providence Public Library’s Film Noir Series “Crime: Pulp, Art and Hollywood” will include two Peter Lorre movies this season – M (1931) and The Maltese Falcon (1941).

On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, M will be shown. On Thursday, Mar. 14, The Maltese Falcon is the feature.

Movies will be shown in the Auditorium, located on the third floor of the library. The program begins at 6 pm. All movies are free and open to the public. Sign-up for the series on-line through the library’s website.

Film writer and director Ron Hagell will lead a discussion on each movie in the series. Mr. Hagell, who holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts, has taught screenwriting around the world, including such institutions as University of London and Frankfurt University.

The Providence Public Library is located at 150 Empire Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Directions may be found on the library’s website.

Parking is available close to the library along Washington Street in the following locations: Hilton Providence Garage, adjacent to the Dunkin’ Donut Center; Intown Parking, 131 Washington Street; and Dunkin Donut Center Parking, 165 Washington Street. Discount parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage – $3 for 3 hours for most programs; bring your ticket with you for validation at the library.

January 16, 2013

Northbrook Public Library Screens 3 Lorre Films

As part of their Wednesday classic film series, the Movie Club of the Northbrook Public Library will present three movies co-starring Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart in January:
  • Jan. 16 – Passage to Marseille (1944), 1 and 7:30 pm
  • Jan. 23 – The Maltese Falcon (1941), 1 and 7:30 pm
  • Jan. 30 – Beat the Devil (1953), 1 and 7:30 pm, but not yet confirmed
The Movie Club program begins at 12:30 pm each Wednesday in the library’s Auditorium with premiums and trivia. The movie follows at 1 pm. Refreshments are provided by Starbucks and Sunset Foods. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

An additional screening is presented at 7:30 pm each Wednesday evening.

The Northbrook Public Library is located at 1201 Cedar Lane, in Northbrook, Illinois. Parking is available on the library grounds. For more information, please call the library at (847) 272-6224.

Although all three of these movies are available on DVD, the Movie Club plans to show Passage to Marseille on 16mm and The Maltese Falcon and Beat the Devil on 35mm.

In the authorized Lorre biography The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin details the making of these films, as well as the on- and off-screen friendship of Peter and Bogie, through interviews with many of the directors and actors who worked with both men at the Warner Brothers studio.

January 11, 2013

Lorre on TV This Spring

2013 begins with several Peter Lorre movies on Turner Classic Movies during January, February, and March. All times shown are Eastern Standard.

Peter Lorre's page on the TV Guide Channel website lists the Lorre films scheduled on various television channels over a 2-week period.

January, 2013

Jan. 5 (Sat.), 3 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – M (1931).

Jan. 11 (Fri.), 12:30 pm, TCM – Background to Danger (1943).

Jan. 11 (Fri.), 2 am, Antenna TV – The Jack Benny Show, originally broadcast Jan. 22, 1963.

Jan. 14 (Mon.), 2:45 pm, TCM – The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942).

Jan. 19 (Sat.), 9 am, TCM – They Met in Bombay (1941).

February, 2013

February brings TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar” festival, with each day devoted to a different movie star.

Feb. 2 (Sat.), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). A weekend of Oscar nominees and winners from the Warner Bros. studio brings Casablanca, which took the award “Best Picture of 1943”.

Feb. 2 (Sat.), 10 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Had his part been larger, Peter Lorre might have been nominated “Best Supporting Actor” in his first film at Warners. However, his co-star Sydney Greenstreet, with whom Peter would make another 8 movies, did receive the nomination in that category – but lost to Donald Crisp in How Green Was My Valley.

March, 2013

Mar. 2 (Sat.), 8 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). “31 Days of Oscar” concludes with a weekend of United Artists movies, including this all-star extravaganza, winner of “Best Picture of 1956”.

Mar. 25 (Mon.), 4 pm, TCM – The Big Circus (1959).

Many of these and other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and VHS – some remastered and packaged with extra features. For more information on the films of Peter Lorre released to home video, head on over to the DVD — VHS section of The Lost One website.

Happy viewing!