Mal Vincent Presents...
Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen
MON, MAR 20 | MON, MAR 27 | MON, APR 3
Doors open 6:30pm
MOCA Members $5 | Non-members $10
MOCA is honored to welcome back celebrated film critic Mal Vincent for the fourth year of our three-part classic film series presented by Atlantic Shores. Mal has selected three old Hollywood classics featuring four of the most famous glamour girls of the silver screen. Mal will introduce each film, then share personal stories and the inside scoop on featured actors. Come to the museum early to view current exhibitions and enjoy a beverage. Door, cash bar, concessions open at 6:30pm. Film will be introduced at 7:15pm.
MON, MAR 20: Mogambo (1953) directed by John Ford, starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and Grace Kelly
Filmed on location in Africa, the film stars Ava Gardner in her Academy Award-nominated performance as Honey Bear Kelly who travels to Africa and finds Clark Gabel. The film also stars Princess Grace Kelly in the role that made her a Hollywood sensation and also got her an Oscar nomination. Mogambo is as heavy on comedy as well as suspense and Gable hasn’t had a leading lady like Ava since Scarlett. This is the first time the MGM, film has been screened in Hampton Roads in 12 years. The film was last shown at the Naro Theater to a sold-out crowd, so get your tickets early.
MON, MAR 27: The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) directed by Vincente Minnelli, staring Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas
One of the best movies ever made about old Hollywood and the film industry - and it has connections to Virginia. For years, the toughest question in the Virginian-Pilot’s Oscar Trivia Quiz was: Who won the Academy Award for playing a modern Southern belle from Richmond, Virginia? The correct answer is: Gloria Grahame in The Bad and the Beautiful. Kirk Douglas received an Oscar nomination for playing a ruthless producer who uses actors and writers to make his way to the top of the Hollywood jungle. Lana Turner is the young actress he makes into a star and Dick Powell is the screenwriter from Richmond who is imported to Hollywood and brings his sassy Southern wife along. The Bad and the Beautiful won a total of 5 Oscars and for years held the record for the film that won the most Oscars while not winning the Best Picture Award.
MON, APR 3: The Seven Year Itch (1955) directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell stars as a middle-aged, married man whose wife and son are away for the summer and Marilyn Monroe moves into the apartment upstairs. The film claims that for every marriage, there is the “seven-year itch” an increased temptation to stray. Marilyn Monroe plays a character very close to her public persona and has never been filmed more breathtakingly. And, if you want to get arty about it, look out for the tribute to Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. According to Marilyn “Rachmaninoff! He shakes me! He quakes me! He sends goose pimples up my spine!”.
For questions or to make reservations and ticket purchases by phone, please call 757-425-0000x310 to reach Visitor Services.