Lee Marvin stars in "The Iceman Cometh," screening April 30 as part of a Honolulu Academy of Arts film series.

Festival showcases
8 American treasures



In 1973, producer Ely Landau developed a once-a-month subscription film series, combining the talents of great directors and actors to bring exceptional 20th century drama to the screen.

Now, 30 years later, eight films from "Treasures from the American Film Theatre" are being re-released and will screen at The Doris Duke at the Academy, Honolulu Academy of Arts, starting Thursday, with two showings per film, at 1 and 7:30 p.m.

Faculty from the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University will present brief introductions for each of the evening screenings only. (Film notes will be provided, however, for all of the screenings.)

Katharine Hepburn and Paul Schofield star in "A Delicate Balance," screening April 24.



"The Man in the Glass Booth" (1975, directed by Arthur Hiller): A Jewish, New York-based real estate tycoon is suddenly accused of being a Nazi war criminal. Based on actor Robert Shaw's book and play and featuring Maximillian Schell in an Oscar-nominated performance. Screens Thursday, with comments by Phyllis Frus, HPU.

"Luther" (1974, directed by Guy Green): Stacy Keach gives a sensational performance as Martin Luther, the 16th-century Augustinian monk who played a central role in the birth of Protestantism and the revolt against the Roman Catholic Church. Based on John Osborne's play. March 19; comments by Glenn Cannon, UH.

"Galileo" (1975, directed by Joseph Losey): Bertolt Brecht's complex examination of the social responsibility of scientists. Stars Topol in the titular role, with Edward Fox as the Inquisitor, John Gielgud as the Cardinal, Tom Conti as Galileo's erstwhile ally and Margaret Leighton as a lady of the court. March 27; comments by Craig Howes, UH.

"The Maids" (1974, directed by Christopher Miles): Two maids (Susannah York and Glenda Jackson), in a dark method of role-playing, take turns acting out an abusive employer-servant relationship. Adapted from Jean Genet's absurdist play, which was itself inspired by a real case. April 3; comments by Marie-Christine Garneau, UH.

"Butley" (1973, directed by Harold Pinter): Alan Bates turns his Tony-winning role (from Simon Gray's play) into one of his greatest film performances as a witty and sardonic London university lecturer who is losing control of both his personal life and his work. Co-stars Jessica Tandy. April 9; comments by Frank Ardolino, UH.

"The Homecoming" (1973, directed by Peter Hall): Ian Holm and Vivien Merchant star in the Harold Pinter adaptation of his challenging theatrical work about a cultured academic who returns from the U.S. to his uncouth, working-class London family with his beautiful, civilized wife in tow. April 17; comments by Glenn Man, UH.

"A Delicate Balance" (1973, directed by Tony Richardson): An invasion of friends and family pushes the repressed problems of a complacent marriage to the fore in this adaptation of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Paul Scofield and Katharine Hepburn (nominated for an Oscar for her role) work miracles together. April 24; comments by Glenn Man, UH.

"The Iceman Cometh" (1973, directed by John Frankenheimer, with intermission): The definitive film version of Eugene O'Neill's great tragedy that starts as a simple tale of a 1912 birthday celebration at a New York saloon becomes a devastating look at disillusionment and dashed hopes. Stars Lee Marvin, Bradford Dillman and, in his last performance, Frederic March. April 30; comments by Joseph O'Mealy, UH.

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