The Capitol Theater Classics At The Capitol series celebrates March by bringing one of most celebrated films of the 1940s to their big screen, 1946’s drama of World War II Veterans returning home “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Winner of seven Academy Awards “The Best Years of Our Lives” stars: Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. The film will be shown at The Capitol on March 10th at 7:00 PM. Admission will be only $5.00, and can be purchased at the box office or online at www.capitolgreeneville.org.
Directed by William Wyler, a veteran of the Army Air Force, “The Best Years of Our Lives” focuses on Homer, Fred, and Al–played by Russell, Andrews, and March, respectively. The war has ended and the three men return to their Midwestern hometown, each of them finding difficulty in adjusting to civilian life and returning to their families. One of the most well received and successful films of its era, “The Best Years of Our Lives” remains, adjusted for inflation, one of the top 100 grossing films in U.S. history.
This screening also marks the first time a guest will be introducing a movie at The Capitol. “After having introduced films for almost a year, I’m excited to invite a very dear friend to take the stage” says Andy Ross, local film writer and Capitol board member. “My dear friend and colleague Jill Blake will introduce this film. I’m so excited to have her as our first guest introduction at our Classics at The Capitol film series!”
Jill Blake is a professional writer and the co-founder of The Retro Set. Currently, she writes for Streamline, the official blog of FilmStruck, a streaming service offered by Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection. She is also a freelance script writer for Turner Classic Movies, providing content for their on-air hosts. Ms. Blake is also currently researching the careers of “Best Years of Our Lives” star Fredric March and his wife, Florence Eldridge, both distinguished actors of the stage and screen, for an upcoming project. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Thomas, daughter Ellie, and their dog, Sugar.