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Vincentennial Winds Down With Outdoor Screening Of Edward Scissorhands, Price's Last Film

Vincentennial, St. Louis’ celebration of 100th anniversary of actor Vincent Price’s birth, ends tonight with an outdoor screening of the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands at the Muny‘s Bank of America Pavilion in Forest Park. The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
This is what the Cinema St. Louis website has to say about the film:

“A sensitive young man (Johnny Depp), who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful teenage girl (Winona Ryder) in this dark fairytale, which contains the final screen performance of Vincent Price – a role that director Tim Burton wrote specifically for the actor. In his first collaboration with Burton, Johnny Depp stars as Edward, who was created by an elderly inventor (Price) who was almost finished with his task when he died, leaving Edward with scissors in place of real hands. Entertainment Weekly wrote: “Edward is, of course, Burton’s surreal portrait of himself as an artist: a wounded child converting his private darkness into outlandish pop visions. Like Edward, he finds the light.” Watch for Victoria Price, Vincentennial guest of honor, in a small role as a TV reporter.

With an introduction by Victoria Price and the promise of a surprise (or two).”

The Muny’s Bank of America Pavilion is open air on all four sides but is covered by a roof; attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and refreshments.

Edward Scissorhands will be show with a six-minute 1982 film called “Vincent.”

Cinema St. Louis has this to say about the short:

“In this delightfully macabre stop-motion animation, young Vincent Malloy imagines himself as a tormented conflation of Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe. Narrated by Price, Burton’s first directorial effort was described by the actor as ‘the most gratifying thing that ever happened. It was immortality – better than a star on Hollywood Boulevard.’”

Vincentennial, a weeklong celebration, is sponsored by MICDS (Price was a 1928 graduate of St. Louis Country Day School) and Cinema St. Louis.

Vincentennial: Vincent's Daughter Victoria Price Speaks Tonight--On His Birthday

As Vincentennial, St. Louis’ tribute to the 100th birthday of former resident horror great Vincent Price comes to a close, perhaps the highlight of the event happens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Here’s what the Vincentennial website says about tonight’s talk:

“Exactly 100 years to the day after Vincent Price was born here in St. Louis, daughter Victoria Price offers an intimate remembrance of her famous father. Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, “Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography.” In this special multimedia presentation, Victoria not only shares her insider’s view of Vincent Price’s extraordinary work in film, television, and theater but also offers fascinating detail on his early life in St. Louis, his world travels, and his abiding love for both art and cooking. Although Vincent Price remains a familiar movie icon, Victoria will give fresh insight into his life, sharing her unique daughter’s perspective.”

Also tonight: a performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” by John Contini as Vincent Price.

Vincentennial has been a week-long celebration of the actor’s birthday, his life and his works sponsored by MICDS (he was a 1929 graduate of St. Louis Country Day School) and Cinema St. Louis.

'Vincentennial' Continues Tonight With Double Feature At Washington University

Vincentennial,” St. Louis tribute to the centennial birthday of former local boy Vincent Price continues with a double feature tonight at Washington University‘s Brown Hall Auditorium.

Tonight it’s Champagne for Caesar at 7 p.m. and The Baron of Arizona at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free.

Washington University film and media lecturer Hunter Vaughan will introduce the films and and do  a post-film discussion of Champagne for Caesar.

Here’s what Cinema St. Louis’s website says about Champagne For Caesar:

“In this delightful satire, Ronald Colman stars as human encyclopedia Beauregard Bottomley, who becomes a contestant on a TV quiz show sponsored by the Milady Soap Company. After winning the show’s top prize, he challenges the producers to let him go on, and Beauregard is soon accumulating cash. Vincent Price plays Milady’s distressed chief executive, Burnbridge Waters, who fears company bankruptcy and frantically devises strategies to trip up the know-it-all. Deftly using slow burns and double takes, Price proves absolutely hysterical, making it a pity that his obvious comic talents weren’t showcased more often. Art Linkletter plays the show’s dim host, Happy Hogan, and Warner Bros. cartoon talent Mel Blanc voices the Caesar of the title, an inebriated parrot. Celeste Holm co-stars in this rarely screened gem, which is presented in a dazzling 35mm print.”

And about The Baron of Arizona, it says:

“The second film written and directed by auteurist favorite Samuel Fuller (Pickup on South Street, The Naked Kiss, Shock Corridor), The Baron of Arizona is based on the true-life adventures of James Addison Reavis (1843-1914), one of the most ambitious swindlers of the 19th century. In the 1870s, ace conman Reavis (Vincent Price) spent years carefully forging documents and land grants intended to make him and his wife (Ellen Drew) the undisputed owners of the entire state of Arizona. A captivating, offbeat Western, “The Baron of Arizona” features impressive B&W cinematography by two-time Oscar® winner James Wong Howe, and Price’s role as a likeable schemer was one of his personal favorites. Praising the film on its 1950 release, the Los Angeles Times wrote: ‘Sam Fuller and star Vincent Price make the Baron a brilliantly resourceful, fascinating fellow, and his adventures absorbing.’”

“Vincentennial,” a week-long tribute to movie great Vincent Price, is sponsored by MICDS (Mary Institute Country Day School) and Cinema St. Louis.

A highlight of  ”Vincentennial” will be an appearance by Victoria Price, Vincent Price’s daughter, at the Missouri History Museum at 7 p.m., Friday. Her talk, “The Vincent Price Legacy: Reflections From A Daughter,” is free and open to the public.

'Vincentennial' Continues With Free Double Feature At Washington University Tonight

Vincentennial,” St. Louis’ tribute celebrating the 100th anniverary of the birth of former resident Vincent Price, continues tonight with a double bill–Laura and Dragonwyck–at Washington University‘s Brown Hall Auditorium.

The 7 p.m. film is Otto Preminger‘s Laura.

According to the Cinema St. Louis website:

“Vincent Price often said this was his favorite of the films in which he appeared, and movie fans who don’t like horror generally agree. A somber Clifton Webb intones the memorable first line – ‘I shall never forget the weekend Laura died’ – in Otto Preminger’s glossy, gripping story of murder among the elite. Although frequently cited as a key film noir, Laura proves less a crime drama than most, relying more on a mood of doomed romance and head-spinning plot twists. Nominated for a quintet of Oscars, including screenplay and direction, Laurastars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews but features especially memorable supporting performances by Webb, Judith Anderson, and an oily Price. Roger Ebert says of Laura that ‘the whole film is of a piece: contrived, artificial, mannered, and yet achieving a kind of perfection in its balance between low motives and high style.’”

Dragonwyck will be shown at 9:15 p.m.

Of this film, the website says:

An eerie gothic thriller, Dragonwyck is based on the bestselling novel by Anya Seton. Innocent Miranda (Gene Tierney) leaves her rural farm to live with her wealthy and sophisticated cousin (Vincent Price) at Dragonwyck Manor only to discover that he’s a brutish and gloomy tyrant who mistreats his workers and has a sinister skeleton in his closet. Tierney is appealing, Price looks naturally evil and frightening, and Jessica Tandy and Walter Huston offer able support. With outstanding period atmosphere and gorgeous black-and-white photography, Dragonwyck was the directorial debut of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, most famous for his multiple-Oscar®-winning All About Eve. The New York Times wrote of the star: ‘Clean shaven and elegantly tailored, Vincent Price still makes a formidable Bluebeard, and his moments of suave diabolism are about the best in the film.’”

Washington University film and media professor Gaylyn Studlar, David May Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and director of the Film and Media Studies program will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.

“Vincentennial,” a week-long tribute to movie great Vincent Price, is sponsored by MICDS (Mary Institute Country Day School) and Cinema St. Louis.

A highlight of  “Vincentennial” will be an appearance by Victoria Price, Vincent Price’s daughter, at the Missouri History Museum at 7 p.m., Friday. Her talk, “The Vincent Price Legacy: Reflections From A Daughter,” is free and open to the public.

Vincentennial Continues Tonight With Two Films At Hi-Pointe Theatre

Vincentmania continues with two films tonight at the Hi-Pointe Theatre as part of the Vicentennial, a week-long celebration of horror great Vincent Price. The first is The Last Man On Earth, presented at 7 p.m. (running time: 86 minutes).

According to the website:

In a post-epidemic nightmare world, scientist Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is the only man immune to a plague that has transformed the entire population of the Earth into vampire-like creatures. This black-and-white classic was the first of the three adaptations of Richard Matheson’s novel “I Am Legend,” and it remains the scariest. The nightly invasion of slow-moving zombies who lay siege to Morgan’s house – with the creatures shrieking “Morgan, come out!” as they try to break down doors and pry open windows – is an eerie precursor to (and obvious inspiration) for George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead.” Price delivers a relatively subdued performance and adroitly handles a script that makes abundant use of voice-over. Italian locations stand in for the San Francisco area in this shocker.

Also to be shown: an introduction and post-film discussion by Richard Squires, creator of the Web site the Vincent Price Exhibit.

Tickets are $12, general admission; $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with current and valid IDs.

Then at 9:30 p.m. and repeated tomorrow at noon, also at the Hi-Pointe: The Tingler.

According to the website:

The poster for “The Tingler” issued an ominous warning: “When the screen screams you’ll scream too … if you value your life!” The film’s plot is just as ingeniously ridiculous: A doctor (Vincent Price) discovers that fear generates the Tingler, a centipede-like parasite that quickly grows in the base of the human spine. The organism can kill its host if its grip is not released, which only a loud scream can accomplish. “The Tingler” manages to provide campy fun and macabre horror in equal measure, offering an unexpected LSD-trip scene, a memorable shock color sequence, a disgusting monster, and a gleeful streak of ghoulishness. Famed for his outlandish theatrical tricks, Castle created Percepto to accompany the original screenings of “The Tingler,” and this presentation will feature a version of the gimmick perfected by Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein. So be forewarned: The Tingler will be loose in the darkened Hi-Pointe Theatre, and you’ll be required to scream for your lives!

The introduction and post-film discussion will be by Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein.

Tickets are $12, general admission; $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with current and valid IDs.

Vincentennial is sponsored by MICDS (Mary Institute Country Day School) and Cinema St. Louis

For all Vincentennial events, click here.

'Vincentennial' Celebrates Vincent Price's 100th Birthday 5/19/ to 5/28/11; Some Events Are Free

Mary Institute and  Country Day School (MICDS) and Cinema St. Louis present Vincentennial, a week-long celebration of  the life of horror great Vincent Price. The event kicks off tonight with a free showing of “The Fly” at 8:30 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum’s MacDermott Grand Hall.

Why, you might think is MICDS, doing this? The answer: Vincent Price is a Country Day alum, class of 1928.

The week-long event includes the screenings of nearly 20 of Price’s major works and interviews, lectures and special events by filmmakers/actor, critics and academics at Washington University, Missouri History Museum and the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Price-related artifacts, artwork, and memorabilia will also be on display at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries and Price-related comic art  will be exhibited at Star Clipper.

Victoria Price, Vincent Price’s daughter and biographer (“Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography”), and will speak on “The Vincent Price Legacy: Reflections From a Daughter” at 7 p.m., May 27 at the Missouri History Museum. The talk is free.

For all of the events in Vincentennial, click here.