The Bachelors' Brunch took place at P.
J. Clarke's, 205 East 55th St. These
handsome young men will escort the
debutantes at The 64th Annual Debutantes
Ball at The Pierre Hotel on December
29. Margaret Hedberg (photo below
with Julia Kaufman), who is in
charge, had the escorts form a line, as
attending debutantes formed another line to
greet each one and chat for a few minutes
with them. Among the debutantes were Adelaide
Matilde Escavage, Catherine Fields Coselli and Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell (photo
below). Everyone then sat down to enjoy
a delicious brunch. The press agent for this
event was my dear friend Christine Biddle.
It was a delightful afternoon.
Film Forum presented a press screening of The
Denmark/Sweden, 2017. It is an adult film
about an immigrant from Iran (a superb Ardalan
living in Denmark, who will be deported back
to his country unless he can find a Danish
woman to support him by living with him or
marrying him. At night he drinks in
fashionable night spots and meets various
sexually promiscuous women, who will sleep
with him for their own enjoyment. He
finally meets a Danish born Persian lady
(a very attractive Soho
and she introduces him into a Persian high
class society. The dialogue is intelligent
and realistic. It reveals the problems of
immigrants trying to adapt to a different
culture. I enjoyed every minute of this
excellent film. It will be shown at Film
Forum, 209 West Houston St, for two weeks
from December 5-18.
I attended a meet and greet the cast and creative team of Christmas
in Hell at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's Church at Citicorp on
East 54th St. They presented a few scenes from the musical, book/lyrics/music
Apple, directed and choreographed by Bill
Castellino. Artistic director James
Morgan introduced the program, after serving delicious refreshments and fine
wine. It was a most enjoyable evening. It opens on December 13 and I plan to be
MoMA is presenting Modern Matinees: Douglas
Fairbanks Jr. November 1-December 28. I saw The Prisoner of Zenda,
by John Cromwell, USA, 1937. It is a costume drama of high adventure
with a terrific cast, headed by Ronald Colman, who looks like the
king who is about to be crowned, and is forced to substitute for him when he
is kidnapped. Raymond Massey and Douglas Fairbanks Jr are the
villains. Madeleine Carroll is the king's bride-to-be, and C.
Aubrey Smith and David Niven are the King's loyal subjects. It is
a splendid film.
MoMA is presenting Modern
Matinees: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. November 1-December 28.
I saw State
Secret (aka The
Great Britain, 1950. Douglas
Fairbanks Jr is
a surgeon, who receives as award in a country ruled by a dictator.
Fairbanks is persuaded to perform an operation on him, but he dies.
Fairbanks then is hunted by his soldiers. It is a far-fetched story, but