The East Village’s Den of Cin is set to host a free (well, a $5.00 one drink minimum) weekly film series on [ Mondays at 8PM ] downstairs inside Two Boots Video at [ 44 Avenue A ] . The venue can be contacted at [ (212) 254-1441 ] and reached by the F train to the Second Avenue subway station.
Programmed and hosted by Film Threat’s Phil Hall, The Den of Cin program will present either an independent film which has not been theatrically screened in New York or a cult classic which has not been seen in many years. Each month will revolve around a specific theme, and the inaugural March program celebrates “The Den of Divas”…paying tribute to grand ladies with an excess of attitude and talent. The March feature films are:
[ March 12th: ] “New Faces” (1954, directed by Harry Horner, 98 minutes). This film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical revue made an overnight sensation of Eartha Kitt, who broke racial barriers as the film’s unapologetic sex symbol. The film presents Eartha at her most dynamic, singing her classic tunes “C’est Si Bon,” “Santa Baby,” “Uska Dara” and “Monotonous.” Paul Lynde, Robert Clary, Alice Ghostley and Carol Lawrence co-star in this rarely-seen delight.
[ March 19th: ] “Rain” (1932, directed by Lewis Milestone, 93 minutes). The diva here is Joan Crawford in her too-hot-to-handle role as the good-time harlot Sadie Thompson. It looks like Joan’s prayers have been answered: she is stranded on a tropical island with a battalion of h***y Marines…but a humorless Bible-thumping preacher (wonderfully hammed by Walter Huston) is out to spoil her fun!
[ March 26th: ] “Edith Piaf: No, I Have No Regrets” (1970, directed by Michael Houldy, 75 minutes). A very rare screening of the acclaimed documentary which charts the extraordinary life of the legendary French singer. The film is rich with rare concert footage and archival recordings of Piaf’s timeless music, including he signature “La Vie in Rose” and the haunting title song “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.”
For more information on the weekly film show at The Den of Cin, call [ (212) 714-3575 ] .