My favorite leading man: Archibald Leach

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August 17, 2009 by Sarojini Seupersad

CaryGrantAmateurs may know him as Cary Grant. He’s charming, good looking and well, perfect. He was also one of the most charismatic leading men Hollywood as ever seen. Unfortunately, some people have never even seen him on the big screen. What a shame.

I remember the first time I saw Cary Grant in a movie. I was just a kid, but I loved everything old. PBS (back then) always played old movies and that night’s choice was  “Houseboat.” Here was this poised, kind, funny gentleman who cared about everyone around him, yet still managed to come off like he got what he wanted. What a treat that was for a junior high student who could not understand the appeal of “Saved By the Bell.” I was trapped in a time-warp, sure,  but I understood elegance, character and presence. I never looked back.

Here’s your chance to experience Cary Grant on the big screen, how it was meant to be. BAM, known for their accessible, yet satisfying programs, is honoring his distinguished career with a film festival dedicated to everything Cary Grant. There’s only a few days left, so catch the last few flicks before it’s over. Don’t miss Tuesday night’s Only Angels Have Wings. You can thank me later.

This retrospective is Part I of a 2-part series. Stay tuned for the 2nd half starting in 2010.

Aug 3 – Aug 20
BAM Rose Cinemas
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