Moon Over Panama Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama Canal
Friday, August 15, 2014
Linda Hall Library Courtyard
Dr. Enrique and Vilma Chaves
Linda Hall Library Board of Trustees & President Lisa Browar
Spend an evening in the tropics in your floral prints, white linen, and best straw hats while sipping a cool beverage as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal's official opening
Authentic Panamanian Food
Beer & Festive Drinks
Live Music and Dancers
Archival film footage of the Panama Canal's opening available for viewing in the Deramus Cosmology Theater
Followed by a free film screening at 7:30 p.m. of Arsenic and Old Lace
Ticket Price: $15 per person (includes buffet for one, two drink tickets)
This event is sold out. However, we welcome you to visit the Panama Canal Centennial Exhibition at the Library through December 31 or consider making reservations for one of our Fall Lectures.
Name the movie featuring two spinster aunts who murder lonely gentleman callers with homemade arsenic-laced elderberry wine; a nephew who looks like Boris Karloff; and a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs lock for the Panama Canal? It's Arsenic and Old Lace - of course!
Arsenic and Old Lace is the 1944 classic directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play of the same name. Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein, the twin brothers behind Casablanca, wrote the screenplay. A dark comedy revolving around the Brewster family whose members were descended from the Mayflower but now consists of insane homicidal maniacs. In the midst of this chaos, Cary Grant deals with his crazy relatives, fends off the Brooklyn police, and debates marriage to the woman he loves. The New York Times called Arsenic and Old Lace "good macabre fun." Variety declared, "Capra's production captures the color and spirit of the play." Also starring Raymond Massey, Priscilla Lane, and Peter Lorre.