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This Strange Passion: Arturo de Córdova-Frenchman's Creek & Adventures of Casanova

Frenchman's Creek directed by Mitchell Leisen and Adventures of Casanova directed by Roberto Galvaldon.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum)
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Frenchman's Creek (1944)

Directed by Mitchell Leisen

When an English noblewoman (Joan Fontaine) seeking escape from her loveless marriage falls for a dashing French pirate (Arturo de Córdova) and joins him for adventure raiding the Cornish coast, she must choose between following her heart on the high seas, or resuming her responsibilities as a wife and mother.  A swashbuckling 17th-century romance filmed in lavish Technicolor, the film is possibly de Córdova’s most satisfying American outing.

Paramount Pictures, Inc. Producer: B.G. DeSylva. Screenwriter: Talbot Jennings, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Cinematographer: George Barnes. Editor: Alma Macrorie. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Córdova, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Cecil Kellaway.

110 min

Adventures of Casanova (Mexico/USA, 1948)

Directed by Roberto Gavaldón 

This curious international co-production taps actor Arturo de Córdova’s suavity as a “Latin lover,” a type that he would later buck despite his facility for this sort of assignment.  Here, he mixes business with pleasure as exploited landowner Jacques Casanova, determined to expel invading Austrian forces from Sicily, between amorous liaisons with beautiful women (chiefly Lucille Bremer as the spirited daughter of the local governor).

Eagle-Lion Films, Inc. Producer: Leonard S. Picker. Screenwriter: Crane Wilbur, Walter Bullock, Karen DeWolf, based on a story by Crane Wilbur. Cinematographer: John Greenhalgh. Editor: Louis H. Sackin.  Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Lucille Bremer, Turhan Bey, John Sutton, George Tobias.

83 min


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Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3. Mon-Fri: After 6 p.m.: $3.00 flat rate. Mon-Fri: Before 6 p.m.: $3.00 for first 3 hours with Museum validation and $1.50 per 15 minutes thereafter. Sat-Sun: $3.00 flat rate. To obtain validation stamp show your ticket stub at the security desk in the Wilshire Lobby.

Cost : $10


Download file: 01-11-14-Arturo-de-Cordova-in-yq-yr0.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Film and Television Archive, Center for Mexican Studies, Morelia International Film Festival, Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de México, Filmoteca de la UNAM, Cineteca Nacional de Mexico.

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