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Enjoy lunch, movie, side of history

SUBMTTED PHOTO  - Frank Woodward will present First Friday Flicks beginning May 6 with. He honors the great movies of yesteryear. Gentlemen wearing hats they tip to the ladies, ladies in dresses and heels with perfectly coiffed hair, witty humor and rich language — these are just some of the images and the dialogue old movies conjure.

Watching old movies is like watching history come to life. The fashion, the political banter, the humor of the day, all help tell the history of America and cinema. Not only is it entertaining to reminisce about the history of the time periods, but it is fun to see how cinematography has changed.

Actors back in the day spoke in accents without the dialect coaches modern-day actors employ. The writers used vocabulary that would make any simpleton sound intelligent and cultured. If you haven’t seen an old movie in a while, treat yourself to a screening of Frank Woodman’s First Friday Flicks at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

You might pick up some new quotes that will make you sound clever and refined. Woodman likes to honor the greats, such as “Kiss Me Kate,” “Dial M for Murder” and “The Man who Came to Dinner,” to name a few. His theme for the May 6 screening is “Stop the Presses,” and he will be showing “Citizen Kane,” circa 1941, which Orson Welles wrote, directed and starred in.

According to biography.com, “Citizen Kane” was modeled after the life and work of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, and told the story of newspaperman Charles Foster Kane (played by Welles), tracing his rise to power and his eventual corruption from that power. The film outraged Hearst, who refused to allow mention of the movie in any of his newspapers, and helped drive down the film’s disappointing box-office numbers.

But “Citizen Kane” was a revolutionary work of art. In the film, which was nominated for a total of nine Academy Awards (earning a win for best screenplay), Welles deployed a number of pioneering techniques, including the use of deep-focus cinematography to present all objects in a shot in sharp detail. Welles also anchored the film’s look with low-angle shots and told its story with multiple points of view.

It was only a matter of time before the genius of Citizen Kane would be lauded. It’s now considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Every old movie has a bit of history and an interesting cinematic past. The movies are shown right after lunch at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the month.

Make an afternoon of it; come for lunch, watch a great movie and take in the history of it all.

The lunch menu this week features tilapia on Friday, April 8; chicken shawarma on Monday, April 11; and beef cabbage rolls on Wednesday, April 13. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, under the calendar banner. Click on “View the Adult Community Center Calendar” and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

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