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The Albuquerque Film Club is open to everyone of any age who enjoys watching movies on a big screen in the company of other film lovers and then sharing observations about what they have seen. All that is needed is the interest and an email address for notifications. This is a social rather than scholarly group, although some members know a lot about motion pictures while others wish to expand their appreciation.
The AFC will host movies at the Guild Cinema one weekend every two months, Saturday and Sunday matinees. After the screening, we invite everyone to join us to gab about movies and meet fellow film fans. Ticket prices for the matinees will be $5 per person.
Our purpose is to revive interesting films from silent classics to productions of the big studio era to intimate independent films of more recent years—comedies, dramas, film noir, fantasy, adventure. While most of the movies we screen will be English language, we shall include intriguing films from abroad. The films you attend will help choose future programs in the AFC series.

To join Albuquerque Film Club send your name, address and phone number via email to:

You will be added to our email list and receive notifications of upcoming AFC monthly screenings and other events. AFC/AVM does not share mailing lists with anyone, ever.

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Albuquerque Film Club is sponsored by

Guild Cinema &

American Vaudeville Museum

All films subject to availability.

2017 Season


All screenings at the Guild Cinema, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1pm unless otherwise noted.


March 4 & 5

Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro (2006, Mexico)

Dark, powerful, layered drama and fantasy set in 1944 amid Spain’s brutal Civil War.


March 21-22-23

Sweet Charity at 1 pm & 8 pm

(1969, USA)

Bob Fosse, Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields & Shirley MacLaine


April 1 only: The Greatest of Fools:

two different shows 1 pm & 3 pm

Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy,

Shaw & Lee, Clark & McCullough,

Leon Errol, Trixie Friganza, W. C. Fields


May 13 & 14

It’s in the Bag! (1945, USA)

Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Robert Benchley, Don Ameche, Binnie Barnes, William Bendix, Rudy Vallee, Victor Moore, Jerry Colonna & John Carradine


June 10 & 11

Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh (1999, UK)

The Gilbert & Sullivan musical drama stars Jim Broadbent & Timothy Spall.


July 8 & 9

Gosford Park (2001, USA-UK)

Directed by Robert Altman, written by Julian Fellows with all-star cast:

Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Alan Bates, Michael Gambon, Kristen Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Richard E. Grant, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Sarah Flind, Tom Hollander, Claudie Blakely, Bob Balaban & Ryan Phillippe.


August 12 & 13

Animal Crackers (1930, USA)

Groucho, Harpo, Chico & Zeppo Marx with Margaret Dumont in one of the Marx Brothers’ three best movies.



September 9 & 10

Throne of Blood (1957, Japan)

Akira Kursosawa’s moodily stylized transposition of Shakespeare's Macbeth into feudal Japan stars Toshiro Mifune & Isuziu Yamada.


November 11 & 12

The Fairy

(2011, Belgium/French production)

Written, directed by & starring Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel & Bruno Romy.

“Deliriously droll confection of misfit charm”—Variety


December 9 & 10 * Double Feature!

The Cameraman

Buster Keaton (1928, USA)

Man with a Movie Camera

(1929, Soviet Union)

Text Box: The Greatest of Fools 1 pm Program

Leon Errol 
Trixie Friganza
Buster Keaton
Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy
Text Box: Some of the funniest movies were short ones: The silent era brought us Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle & Mabel Normand, Buster Keaton and a host of other clowns. When ‘talkies’ took over, the short comedy filmmakers simply added dialogue and sound effects, and silent clowns like Keaton, Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy proved that short movie comedies could be as funny as long ones—in many cases funnier. The core of feature-length comedies were still the ten- and fifteen-minute routines from vaudeville and revues that were extended with romantic subplots, songs and dances.
Many of the great laugh-makers from the Broadway stage like Leon Errol, W. C. Fields, Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough, Bert Lahr, Willie Howard and Joe Cook fitted a few filming two-reel comedies into their busy and profitable schedules headlining musical comedies and ‘gags-and-girls’ revues on the Broadway stage. Silent movie clowns like Buster Keaton and Harry Langdon who lost their independence as filmmakers, retreated into short films for studios like Hal Roach, RKO, Columbia and the low-rent Educational Films studios.
Comedian Leon Errol preferred the short film form and made nearly a hundred of them during twenty years. His experience as a stage producer, director, writer and actor provided him with the experience of authority to make his films efficiently and effectively. The majority of Errol’s films were marital mix-ups and mishaps. They provided the template for television situation comedies. Buster Keaton reworked some of his silent film material for the sound comedies he made until he regained his foothold as a star. Clark & McCullough made largely original shorts and short features that would’ve slotted nicely into their revues and musical comedies. W. C. Fields elaborated some of his stage routines into his talkie two-reelers.
There were comedians from vaudeville and Broadway that simply regarded moviemaking as an extra paycheck, or that movie studios couldn’t figure out how to use in standard films. So the studios simply filmed their vaudeville acts; this was true of Trixie Friganza and Al Shaw and Sammy Lee. That shortsightedness prevented some of those vaudevillians from making very funny shorts.
Now, not all sound shorts were funny or successful. Most were not. But despite low budgets and fast schedules, some very fine comedies were made. With The Greatest of Fools, Part One (1 pm) and Two (3 pm) the Albuquerque Film Club and the Guild Cinema offer discriminating comedy fans a fine sampling on April Fools’ Day, 2017.
Text Box: The Greatest of Fools 3 pm Program

Bobby Clark & Paul McCullough 
Al Shaw & Sam Lee 
W. C. Fields 
Buster Keaton