GRAND HOTEL – MGM’s 1932 Classic, Thursday at the Legion of Honor’s Berliner Film Fest

Starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore,
Joan Crawford, and Wallace Beery

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

In celebration of the special exhibition, The State Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon, CINEMA SUPPER CLUB at the Legion of Honor continues its Berliner Film Fest, a series of films made or set in Berlin. This Thursday night’s feature is one of the great Hollywood Classics from MGM Studios, GRAND HOTEL.

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MGM’s GRAND HOTEL, 1932

It is Garbo at her finest. A major star among stars. Glorified. As ballet diva “Grusinskaya”, she is given the most golden of opportunities to display extravagant expressions of joy, despair, resignation, exuberance, and fear. It’s all in the close-ups. The moments are absolute and – under the watchful eye of director Edmund Goulding and cameraman William H. Daniels – represent the peak of cinema portraiture. Garbo is 27, she’s been on the screen for 12 years, it’s been three years since her last silent film. Her box office appeal has survived the transition into the talkies. Producer Irving Thalberg decides that GRAND HOTEL is going to be MGM’s blockbuster for 1932 – not just for Greta Garbo, but packed with “more stars than there are in the heavens”. It works. The film takes the Academy Award as “Best Picture”.

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GRETA GARBO and JOHN BARRYMORE – GRAND HOTEL, 1932

John Barrymore is perfect as the destitute Baron and part-time hotel thief. He is also smitten with the Leading Lady and Miss Garbo knows her arms around someone she can trust. The moods are intense and other-worldly – just like a Russian prima ballerina’s world ought to be. “Grusinskaya” knows she’s through. The Imperial Court is no more, her lovers and patrons gone. She’s appearing in some tour with creamy understudies anxious to replace her. “What will she do?” she asks herself from afar. “Grow orchids? Keep white peacocks?” Come find out. To purchase tickets on-line: GRAND HOTEL

COMING ATTRACTIONS:
Thursday, November 13th:
RUN LOLA RUN (1998, 81 mins). Fate controls the outcome in three different ways when a woman tries desperately to save her boyfriend, who has carelessly lost a great sum of money.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: RUN LOLA RUN

Thursday, November 20th:
WINGS OF DESIRE (1987, 127 mins). In a bleak but beautiful Berlin, two angels provide comfort to humans until one falls in love with a circus performer and wants to become human himself.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: WINGS OF DESIRE

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RUN LOLA RUN (1998) and WINGS OF DESIRE (1987)

The screenings begin at 8:00 pm; exhibition open until 9:00 pm. Tickets are $20 ($10 members) for the movie and special exhibition. For the special exhibition only, admission is $15 (members are free). Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis and do not include reservations or the price of dinner.

Visitors can enjoy a range of gourmet appetizers, entrees, and desserts in the Legion Café during Cinema Supper Club. The expanded CINEMA SUPPER CLUB menu is available in both the café bar and dining area. Reservations are recommended (first seating at 6:00 pm) by calling 415-750-7633.
Entrance note: The main entrance of the museum will be closed. Please enter through the North side of the building, Terrace Level, at the top of the ramp.

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GRAND HOTEL – Thursday night at the Legion of Honor

To purchase tickets on-line: GRAND HOTEL
To purchase tickets to the exhibit: THE STATE MUSEUMS OF BERLIN AND THE LEGACY OF JAMES SIMON

Add these great films to your Library. Click on the title to purchase on-line:
DVD – RUN LOLA RUN. Featuring Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu. Directed by Tom Tykwer.
DVD – WINGS OF DESIRE. Starring Curt Bois and Solveig Dommartin.
DVD – GRAND HOTEL. Starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, and Wallace Beery.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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