Merrill Film Society is an informal gathering of community members to view great works of cinema with one another. Everyone is invited. The films are free and popcorn is served! Showtime is 7 pm.
Films in June are canceled while our projection equipment is in repair. We will let you know if and when we reschedule this event.
In June we look back 80 and 20 years at 1939 and 1999, the two years that many people consider to be the greatest years for film.
There are eighteen films from 1939 on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry of historically, culturally, or aesthetically significant films, and Destry Rides Again is one of them. Jimmy Stewart’s first western (and only western until the 1950s) and the first film of the second upswing of Marlene Dietrich’s career, it is about a pacifist sheriff’s attempt to clean up a corrupt town run by the saloon owner boss. June 12, 7 pm.
The one film from 1999 that has held up best over the years is possibly Boys Don’t Cry. It is based on the true story of a young trans man in Nebraska whose secret is revealed after a night in jail; his life ends tragically after that. Hilary Swank won awards everywhere for her performance as the lead character, including the first of her Best Actress Oscars, beating Annette Bening for American Beauty and proving that a young actress not well known at the time can win in an indie pic. Chloe Sevigny as Swank’s love interest and Peter Sarsgaard as the killer also earned critical praise. June 26, 7 pm.