Bell Book and Candle / The Cassandra Cat

Fri 3/15/2024 • 7:30PM PDT

Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.

Slow Shift
India/U.S., 2023

Lemurs, rocks and the mysterious pulse together amid the ruins of the 14th-century city of Hampi in southwestern India — fabled site of the ancient Monkey Kingdom.

DCP, color, 9 min. Director: Shambhavi Kaul.

Bell Book and Candle
U.S., 1958

Sorceress Gillian Holroyd and her mind-reading cat Pyewacket are up to no good, in this bewitching love story that features James Stewart and Kim Novak. When new neighbor Shep Henderson (Stewart) moves into the building, he catches the attention of Gillian (Novak), the only problem is he is set to be married to her old college nemesis. Meddling with a little bit of magic and the help of her cat, Gillian puts him under a spell, that is until true love gets in the way. Buoyed by an amazing supporting cast including Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs and Elsa Lanchester, this delightful love story is wickedly fun.

DCP, color, 106 min. Director: Richard Quine. Writer: Daniel Taradash. With: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester.

The Cassandra Cat
Czechoslovakia, 1963

A cat with glasses brings magic and chaos to a small town, in this newly restored film that is part of the Czech New Wave. A mysterious feline arrives with a traveling circus and it has a special power: it can reveal people's hidden secrets by casting a color onto them that others can see. When the entire town is exposed at a circus performance, the community’s dishonesty is revealed and a riot ensues. Whimsical, satirical and filled with fantasy and magical realism, The Cassandra Cat is part fairy tale, part political satire that took home the Jury Prize at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.

DCP, color, 105 min. Director: Vojtech Jasný. Writer: Jirí Brdecka, Vojtech Jasný. With: Emília Vásáryová, Jan Werich, Vlastimil Brodský.

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