Alamo's Cinema Club, the series that brings film historians to the Alamo for a night of classic film discussion, is proud to bring Dr. Charles Ramirez Berg back, to present the Howard Hawks picture ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS. A stark and tough drama starring wise-guy Cary Grant, daffodil Jean Arthur, and the smoky Rita Hayworth, this film is not to be missed by anyone.
Have you ever seen Ritz Hayworth? She's the kind of woman that makes your eyes bulge and your tongue roll out of your mouth and hit the floor and keep rolling and rolling while your eyes keep bulging and start flashing yellow and black and red and your body starts to levitate and your arms are stretched out and all you can hear is ding ding ding ding ding!
But I think I'm getting distracted. My partner in the Cinema Club, Lars Nilsen, has written the program notes this month. He focuses on director Howard Hawks: There has never been another American filmmaker whose peculiar style of work has harmonized so well with the popular tastes of so many divergent types of people as Howard Hawks. If the mention of his name calls to mind the tortuous arguments of auteurists and other intellectual contortionists we must also remember that his films were big hits with the public at large. Hawks' films are about people. They are dioramas where fascinating personalities roam freely, doing their jobs with spectacular competence and honor as they live by a code - the Hawksian code if you will - bred in the bone, a secret democratic chivalry, a communality of the self reliant.
Sounds good, right? If you want to see more, you've got to come Sunday to see ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS with the Cinema Club. 6:30, at the Ritz.