Ava at the Egyptian w/ authors Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 ( 6:30 pm/ movies at 7 :30 pm) EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Ava at the Egyptian! Ava Gardner double bill w/ authors Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski!

Hard to believe it has been almost 4 years since author Kendra Bean put out, “Vivien Leigh-An Intimate Portrait”, one of the most beautiful looks at the actress in recent year. She was a guest of ours at the Egyptian for a screening of “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Now, she visits us from the U.K. with her latest, (& co-author Anthony Uzarowski) , to a subject I will not complain about, “Ava-A Life In the Movies”.  Join us this Sunday, September 10 at the Egyptian for a great double bill featuring our girl of the evening Ava Gardner!

Kendra & Anthony will sign, “Ava-A Life In the Movies” in the lobby at 6:30 pm, then introduce the double bill of, “The Barefoot Contessa” & “The Killers”.

Bogart, Burt & the amazing Ava Gardner! If you can’t make it, you can order a copy of this beautifully illustrated look at one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen. Renowned for her screen performances, down-to-earth personality, and love affair with Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner left an indelible mark on Hollywood history. Her adventurous life story is told through authoritative text and hundreds of photos in Ava: A Life in Movies. Ava is an illustrated tribute to a legendary life. Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski take a closer look at the Academy Award-nominated actress’s life and famous screen roles. They also shed new light on the creation and maintenance of her glamorous image, her marriages, and friendships with famous figures such as Ernest Hemingway, John Huston, and Tennessee Williams. From the backwoods of Grabtown, North Carolina to the bullfighting rings of Spain, from the MGM backlot to the Rome of La Dolce Vita, this lavishly illustrated biography takes readers on the exciting journey of a life lived to the fullest and through four decades of film history with an iconic star.

ABOUT KENDRA BEAN AND ANTHONY UZAROWSKI- Kendra Bean is a historian and curator. She is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers’ Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London.

Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library.

About the movies:

Ava Gardner Double Feature!  35 mm!

THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA 1954, Park Circus , 128 min, United States

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz returns to the show business milieu of ALL ABOUT EVE for this story of a filmmaker (Humphrey Bogart, playing a slightly modified version of Mankiewicz himself) who discovers a peasant girl (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub and transforms her into a star. Before long Bogart falls in love with his creation, but his possessiveness and the pressures of stardom send her frantically looking for an escape.

THE KILLERS (1946) 1946, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

The CITIZEN KANE of film noir that begins with the ending – “I did something wrong … once” – and moves backward through interweaving flashbacks to reveal the layer of double crosses that led to the opening scene. The script by Anthony Veiller (with an uncredited assist from John Huston) takes the first 10 minutes from Hemingway’s short story and then spirals into the noir netherworld that Robert Siodmak depicted better than any other director. The smoldering sexuality between Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner catapulted both to super-stardom. With Edmond O’Brien and Jeff Corey.

 

 

 

 

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