SPECAIL X-MAS NOIR SCREENING
Who says that Christmas movies have to be completely upbeat, snowy, and full of smiles? The Heights Theater and Trylon Roadshow present X-MAS NOIR, a celebration of the darker side of the holiday season. For X-MAS NOIR, we have MEET JOHN DOE, a beautifully bleak, yet hopeful, "holiday (not holiday)" classic from director Frank Capra. Barbara Stanwyck plays Ann Mitchell, a crack reporter laid off suddenly and ordered to write one last column. So she makes up a story about a fictional "John Doe" who threatens to kill himself on Christmas Eve if America doesn't improve. When the story becomes a massive hit, Ann is kept on, but now people want to see the real guy! Enter Long John Willoughby (Gary Cooper) a struggling, almost homeless ballplayer who will act as "John Doe"... for a price. As with the best Capra, this one is heartbreaking, harrowing, sexy, and a heck of a lot of fun. The perfect bittersweet confection for your holiday enjoyment!
Presented by the Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema
35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress