Marc Eliot's Art of Film Festival | John Ford & Billy Wilder Weekend


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MARC ELIOT'S ART OF FILM FESTIVAL

JOHN FORD & BILLY WILDER

Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater

Featuring Marc Eliot in person!

See the Greatest Films on Illinois' Largest Screen, the way they were meant to be seen! Join MARC ELIOT, New York Times best-selling author & resident film curator, for live pre- and post-film talks, Q&As and book signings.


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John Ford's 1939 

Young Mr. Lincoln

A film that foreshadows the greatness to come as Abraham Lincoln establishes his great character and walks into his future. Beautifully acted by Henry Fonda, at the time Ford’s favorite leading man.


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Billy Wilder's 1960

The Apartment

Wilder’s follow-up to Some Like it Hot is the best meditation on the difference between love and sex that has ever been filmed. Jack Lemmon stands out as a character looking for one and finding the other; Shirley MacLaine lights up the screen as both the subject and object of his love, or is it sex? And Fred MacMurray plays against type as a rat. Not to be missed!


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John Ford's 1941

How Green Was My Valley

John Ford’s memorable 1941 masterpiece of melancholia, starring a young Roddy McDowell, Maureen O’Hara and Walter Pidgeon, but the film is stolen by the wonderful performance of Donald Crisp. Bring tissues! Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of the year; Best Director (Ford); Best Supporting Actor, Donald Crisp; and two technical awards.


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Billy Wilder's 1957 

Love in the Afternoon

Billy Wilder’s 1957 May-December romantic comedy, Love in the Afternoon stars a young Audrey Hepburn, an aging Gary Cooper and an old Maurice Chevalier (in his first non-singing role in a decade) as the unholiest of threesomes. Chevalier plays the father of Hepburn who falls in love with Gary Cooper who is twice her age to say the least. Unusual, with the brilliance of Billy Wilder gleaming off every page. Wilder was nominated for Best Director by the DGA (Directors Guild of America).


Marc Eliot

MARC ELIOT

Renowned classical film scholar Marc Eliot is the New York Times bestselling author of 26 books including definitive biographies on Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Charlton Heston, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, The Eagles, and his latest work, The Hag, on Merle Haggard. A New York City native, Eliot began his career as a child actor and student at the High School of Performing Arts and has worked as a musician, television producer and writer for national magazines. He holds an advanced degree from Columbia University, where he was a protégé of film critic, scholar and founder of “auteurism,” Andrew Sarris.

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Marc Eliot's Art of Film Festival is sponsored by Drs. Jane & Darrel Gumm, Kathy & Harry Puterbaugh and Film Society.