Late Sunday afternoon the kickoff event for the 7th Annual Film Festival is the classic 1947 film, Lady from Shanghai, starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.
The movie is of a Film Noir genré and thus is paired with a Pinot Noir for a pre-screening wine tasting event.
Following the showing of Lady from Shanghai, Beatrice Welles, the daughter of Orson Welles, will be the special guest for a Q&A.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) explains, "According to Orson Welles, the idea for The Lady from Shanghai came purely by accident: 'I was working on Around the World in 80 Days [a stage musical of the Jules Verne novel, produced by Michael Todd] and we found ourselves in Boston on the day of the premiere, unable to get the costumes from the station because $50,000 was due and our producer, Mr. Todd, had gone broke. Without that money we couldn't open. I called Harry Cohn [head of Columbia Studios] in Hollywood and I said, 'I have a great story for you if you could send me $50,000 by telegram in one hour. I'll sign a contract to make it.' 'What story?' Cohn said. I was calling from a pay phone, and next to it was a display of paperbacks and I gave him the title of one of them, Lady from Shanghai. I said, 'Buy the novel and I'll make the film.' An hour later, we got the money.’"
The film will be accompanied by a short, The Bloody Olive.
The wine tasting takes place from 3-4:30 PM, and the film screening will start at 4:30.
Tickets are $35 for the combined wine tasting and film screening. Attendees must be at least 21 years old for the full Wine Tasting event.
If you go:
What: Prescott Film Festival’s Film Noir & Pinot Noir
Where: Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
When: Sunday, July 17
Time: 3-4:30 Pinot Noir Wine Tasting; 4:30-6:30 Film Screening
Who: Beatrice Welles, daughter of Orson Welles, guest speaker
Cost: $35 for combined wine & film