The public is invited to the third and final of three films in the inaugural Davis Classic Film Festival this Sunday, Feb. 16. The final film is “The Apartment” from 1960. This is an irrepressible comedy-drama starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray. Billy Wilder directed and produced this film, coming right after his critical success in directing “Some Like It Hot.”
The first featured film in the series was “You Can’t Take It With You,” followed by “All About Eve.”
“The Apartment” will be shown on the big screen of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second St., downtown Davis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the film will be preceded by a brief introduction presented by film historian and movie critic Derrick Bang. He will give the audience the story behind the story, and the insights and back-story to the film which makes the viewing even more memorable. Bang also writes a movie review column for The Davis Enterprise. After the screening, he will be available to answer questions and discuss the film with viewers who wish to stay for the discussion.
Admission is free, but the Odd Fellows suggest a donation of $5 per person. There will also be candy, popcorn and soft drinks available for purchase. All proceeds, after expenses, will be provided to benefit the film programs at Davis High School and Da Vinci High School. Tickets will not be sold in advance and are only available at the door on the evening of each performance.
Because of the popularity of this first festival, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge – a fixture in Davis since 1870 – is already planning the Second “Davis Classic Film Festival” in 2015.