True Brits: The British Film Series

The Kansas City Public Library presents True Brits: the British Film Series throughout the fall 2008 with a three-month long stretch of free film screenings in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Oliver Twist

True Brits features Sir Alec Guinness in the lead role followed by a cast of films by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, as well as a special guest appearance by David Thomson - "the greatest living film critic and historian."

All screenings take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and are co-sponsored by KCPT and its BritCom Club.

Pop culture exalted him as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Sir Alec Guinness had already earned international acclaim through memorable roles - as a one-man ensemble cast in the top-notch Ealing Studios comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets and later as the leader of The Unholy Five in The Ladykillers. Against Type: the Eclectic Alec Guinness looks back on the man in all his dramatic versatility on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. throughout September 2008 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library.

This first installment of True Brits features: Oliver Twist (1948) on September 8; Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) on September 15; The Ladykillers (1955) on September 22; and Damn the Defiant (1962) on September 29.

Damn the Defiant

Known collectively as “the Archers,” director Michael Powell and screenwriter Emeric Pressburger produced a series of cinematic masterpieces “demonstrated by innovative Oscar-winning special effects in Thief of Bagdad, storm-swept cinematography in I Know Where I’m Going and the film-school essential Peeping Tom. Their collaborative genius has influenced prominent American directors including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Wes Anderson. Bullseyes: A Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger Retrospective hits the target every Monday at 6:30 p.m. throughout October and November 2008 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library.

This installment of True Brits features: Contraband (1940) on October 6; The Thief of Bagdad(1940) on October 13; A Canterbury Tale (1944) on October 20; I Know Where I'm Going (1945) on October 27; Black Narcissus (1947) on November 3; The Red Shoes (1948) on November 10; The Small Back Room (1949) on November 17; and Peeping Tom (1960) on November 24.