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Member Picks: It Happened one Night (1934)

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Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
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Feb 2nd: It Happened one Night (1934)
picked by Michelle Drye
"I first saw this film while in high school in the mid-1970's. I had no idea at the time that it had swept the five major categories of the Academy Awards for 1934. I wish I could put my finger on it but something about the film made me fall in love and want to explore and see more films from the 1930's and 1940's. At that time my only real options for viewing similar movies were when they were shown on network television. The real game-changer for me was my access to the Turner Classic Movies channel through my cable provider beginning in 1994 when my film horizons were greatly expanded. I grew to love film noir and romantic comedies. "It Happened One Night" remains one of my favorites. I love the road trip theme, the chemistry between Gable and Colbert, the clever dialogue, the risque nature for its time (this film was released just before the Motion Picture Association started enforcing guidelines and content that were developed in 1930), and the screwball comedy that was popular at the time."


February's pick: It Happened one Night (1934)

Moxie Member Q&A with Michelle Drye

What do you love about this particular film, and why do you want to share it with others?

I first saw this film while in high school in the mid-1970's. I had no idea at the time that it had swept the five major categories of the Academy Awards for 1934. I wish I could put my finger on it but something about the film made me fall in love and want to explore and see more films from the 1930's and 1940's. At that time my only real options for viewing similar movies were when they were shown on network television. The real game-changer for me was my access to the Turner Classic Movies channel through my cable provider beginning in 1994 when my film horizons were greatly expanded. I grew to love film noir and romantic comedies. "It Happened One Night" remains one of my favorites. I love the road trip theme, the chemistry between Gable and Colbert, the clever dialogue, the risque nature for its time (this film was released just before the Motion Picture Association started enforcing guidelines and content that were developed in 1930), and the screwball comedy that was popular at the time.


Why movies? Meaning there is a lot to do with your time....what is it about movies (or moviegoing) that you find essential/useful/beneficial?
Movies allow us to experience other cultures, voices, feelings, adventures, landscapes, and broaden our horizons. While I may not always understand the "art" of a film, I love a wide-range of genres. Other than a pure enjoyment factor, movies sometimes inspire feelings we were not expecting, give us perspective and can help us be better human beings.


What's the thing you like best about being a member?
I have been a Moxie member for many years and love that we have such a gem in Springfield, Missouri. It's pretty much the only movie theater I attend. While occasionally films are also shown in other theaters in Springfield, it's important to me to support the Moxie first. I love meeting family and friends (many of whom are also members) at the Moxie to enjoy an independent film together. And then there's the popcorn - best movie popcorn ever!



What are the "three benefits" of coming to the Moxie?
The benefits to being a member are many. One, I really like the "intimacy" of the theater. Most of the films shown are not blockbusters but are best enjoyed by an appreciative audience. Two, the diversity of films shown at the Moxie is unique. I have friends in Kansas City who have never heard of some of the films I have enjoyed at the Moxie. Three, I feel it's vitally important to support the arts in one's community. While you don't have to be a member to watch a film, Moxie membership is essential to enabling special events and programs to continue.

Anything else you would like to add?

I am excited to see "It Happened One Night" on the big screen and hope others will not only enjoy the story but perhaps have a renewed interest in classic film. Streaming movies in the comfort of your living room is great, but watching movies in a theater provides the shared experience of audience reactions.