Tonight Monday Movies is showing two great vintage films about city life:
The Will And The Way, (1959, Goodwill Industries, B&W, 20 minutes)
If you like thriftstore shopping, this is a must-see movie produced by Goodwill about the various programs it had at the time. Shot in 1950s Baltimore, Maryland, when John Waters was just a pup, we follow the life cycle of donated items as they make their way from donation to repair to retail. There are several vignettes of Goodwill employees, with varying degrees of disability, talking about the specific departments and skills they use to refurbish some of the best vintage furniture and appliances this side of Hawthorne. Good shots of 1959 downtown Baltimore, which was just as, uh, lovely then as it is now.
Lewis Mumford on the City: City As Man’s Home, (1963, National Film Board of Canada, B&W, 60 minutes)
This is part 5 in the series Mumford hosted about the troubles of urban growth affecting 1960s Canadian cities. The film covers the range of urban residences, from slums to luxury apartments, and asks the questions how did this happen and now what can we do? Several thought-provoking points are raised, including the fact that the communal standard of living was falling, even as personal living standards continued to rise.
Lewis Mumford (1895 –1990) was an American historian of technology and science. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a tremendously broad career as a writer that also included a period as an influential literary critic.
Show starts at 8pm in the upstairs loft. Admission is free. All ages welcome.
Old Town Pizza
5201 NE MLK (in Vanport Square Center)
Between Alberta and Killingsworth
#6 and #72 bus, ample free parking for bikes and cars