Act One Film Society

The Act One Film Society launched in January 2016 as a spin-off subgroup of Chapter One, in order to allow interested group members to enjoy and discuss great cinema.  The group focuses primarily on classic or influential films, or movies with a cult following. 

Each month, Act One watches two films selected by group members, and discussion takes place online.  The films currently scheduled are noted below.


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October 16 - 31, 2018

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Directed by Frank Capra

Film #68

Based on Joseph Kesselring’s play of the same name, Arsenic and Old Lace follows recently-wed Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) as he unwitting discovers that the women who raised him, Aunt Abby (Josephine Hill) and Aunt Martha (Jean Adair), are actually prolific serial killers. Once Mortimer learns of his aunts’ dark secret his perception of his family begins to crumble and he’s confronted with everything from a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt to a brother on the run from the law because he’s a serial killer, too. Praised as good, macabre fun, Arsenic and Old Lace was well-received upon its release and is still a favorite for fans of classic cinema.

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November 1 - 15, 2018

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Directed by John Hughes

Film #69

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November 16 - 30, 2018

From Russia with Love (1963)

Directed by Terence Young

Film #70