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Mal Vincent Presents

Mondays: April 29, May 6, May 13

MOCA Members $6 per film | Non-members $10 per film
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ticket for the price of two films and see the third for free!

MOCA is delighted to partner with film critic Mal Vincent for the sixth year of our classic film series, presented by Atlantic Shores. Each film will be introduced by Mal who will share personal stories and the inside scoop on the film and actors featured. Come to the museum early to see the current exhibitions and enjoy a drink and conversation. Tickets include admission to MOCA’s galleries.

Ticket sales, galleries, bar, and concessions open at 5:30pm
Film and introduction starts at 6:30pm
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No Time for Sergeants, 1958
Monday, April 29                                                                                 
About the film: By way of the Broadway stage, this hilarious comedy made Andy Griffith an international star and ranks on everyone’s list as one of the funniest movies ever made. Griffith received a Tony nomination on for his portrayal of Will Stockdale, an Air Force recruit who drives the Air Force crazy. The late Andy Griffith was a resident of Manteo, North Carolina until his death and often telephoned Mal to compare notes on the writer’s latest review in the Virginian-Pilot. Both Andy and Mal are graduates of the University of North Carolina. No Time for Sergeants is based on a best-selling novel by Mac Hymans, the film is directed by Mervyn Leroy.
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The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952
Monday, May 6           
About the film: Adapted from the short story by Ernest Hemingway the film hops from the night life of Paris to safari in Tanzania to bullfights in Madrid and takes from other Hemingway works, such as The Sun Also Rises. It was a major box office hit in its initial release, nominated for Oscars for its photography and sets. The film was a major step for turning former Hampton Roads high school student and North Carolina beauty Ava Gardner into a film legend. The film co-stars Gregory Peck and fiery redhead Susan Hayward and directed by Henry Hathaway.
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Mrs. Miniver, 1942
Monday, May 13
About the film: The winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Greer Garson and Best Supporting Actress for Teresa Wright this film heralds the very best of what many now call “the greatest generation”. Mrs. Miniver depicts a typical family on the British home front who face Nazi bombs nightly and fight in daylight in their own way. The film was also a major cultural force in urging the United States to join the allies during World War II. Greer Garson as Mrs. Miniver is the epitome of the perfect lady and a woman with a mission. As funny as it is serious, the film surprisingly avoids sentimentality and keeps a level head about its family. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “Mrs. Miniver was worth a dozen tank brigades in the war effort.” Directed by William Wyler.  
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About Mal Vincent:

Mal Vincent is the longest tenured daily arts critic remaining in the U. S, according to the American Theater Critics Association. He wrote his first film review for the Virginian-Pilot in 1965 and has since become a tradition, and a relentless champion for the arts – participating, as Virginian-Pilot Entertainment Editor, in the formative years of the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera and Virginia Stage Company. Vincent’s crusading articles were a major force in the establishment of the Virginia Film Commission. He has won an Associated Press award for feature writing as well as varied awards for critical writing from the Virginia Press Association.

Mal Vincent won the Lifetime Achievement Award four years ago from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads and is founder and host of the Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival at the Naro Cinema which is entering its 16th sell-out season in the summer of 2019. Currently, he is host of “This Week in Mal’s World” on WHRV 89.5 which goes to a syndicated group of radio stations in North Carolina and Virginia. His biographical article on actress Ava Gardner was published by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures in New York. His reviews and articles have been syndicated in both the United States and South America.