Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland Ohio, and inspired many as a humanitarian through seven decades of service in the world of entertainment and social activism.
Ruby Dee was often seen alongside her husband Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. Her career began in theater and she was famous for her supportive role in "A Raisin in the Sun" a play written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1957 which starred Sidney Poitier.
Despite his untimely death in February of this year, Philip Seymour Hoffman left a legacy of superlative screen credits. While his acting is often discussed in relation to his roles in big box office films like Along Came Polly and Capote, he created a truly diverse oeuvre during his brief life. This Tuesday, our Denver Public Library film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Men in Drag, continues with Flawless -- one of Hoffman's most eccentric and flawless performances on screen.
Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman.
See the film that resurrected the career of the Swedish Sphinx -- Greta Garbo. One of the great comedies of 1939, it is an important film in the oeuvre of the woman who has often been called the 'face of the century.'
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Wednesday, May 14th marks day one of the most important annual event on the art-film calendar: the Cannes Film Festival. Now in its 67th incarnation, it is almost impossible to overstate the importance of a showcase that has debuted more great films, especially in recent years, than any other festival.
Dave Chappelle has been in town performing his hilarious stand-up comedy at The Comedy Works since Tuesday, April 29 and will be here through Tuesday, May 6. I had the pleasure of seeing him last night at Comedy Works South. What was scheduled to be a two hour show turned into a four hour marathon lasting roughly from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.! Mr. Chappelle delighted his audiences and kept the crowd in stitches long past last call.
Film and stage actress Rutanya Alda has a great memory about her work in film. Her Mommie Dearest Diaries, a diary of her work in and recollections of making the movie, Mommie Dearest, is currently awaiting its publishing home. In tribute to her eclectic career in film and honoring her upcoming visit to Denver, Fresh City Life is showing two of her other well-known movies -- The Deer Hunter and When a Stranger Calls.