The Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration
Vexingly – but perhaps appropriately for a celebration of horror icon Vincent Price – malicious spirits created mischief at last night’s Vincentennial program at Washington University’s Brown Hall. A technical malfunction deprived the auditorium of sound, and we were forced to cancel the screenings of “Champagne for Caesar” and “The Baron of Arizona.”
The good news is that sound has now been restored, so there should be no further issues for the remaining programs.
And all is not lost for those who were excited to see last night’s double bill. We’ve rescheduled “Champagne for Caesar” for a 9:15 p.m. screening on Thursday, May 26, at Washington U. The program remains free. Regrettably, we don’t have an available slot for “The Baron of Arizona” during the remaining days of Vincentennial, but we promise to offer a free screening – as part of a continuing homage to Price’s 100th birthday – during the Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival, held Nov. 10-20.
Iconic actor Vincent Price’s long career stretched over 55 years, beginning in 1938 at the height of classical Hollywood cinema, reaching its apex with his legendary horror films of the 1960s and ’70s, and concluding in his later years with abundant voice work and fine performances in “The Whales of August” and “Edward Scissorhands.” Although sometimes regarded as a figure of camp – which he playfully encouraged in some contexts – Price was nonetheless an actor of real substance and range, and Vincentennial will provide a thorough exploration his life and film legacy.
Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, Price retained a fondness for his place of origin, and that love will be reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown. Scheduled for May 19-28, 2011, at multiple venues (Washington University, Missouri History Museum, Hi-Pointe Theatre, the Muny in Forest Park, Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, and Star Clipper), Vincentennial will include the following components:
1. Screenings of nearly 20 of Price’s major works.
2. Participation by filmmakers/actors, critics, and academics, who will conduct interviews, introduce and discuss films, and present lectures and special events. Participants include Victoria Price, his daughter and biographer (“Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography), and Roger Corman, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
3. Exhibits of Price-related artifacts, artwork, and memorabilia at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries and of Price-related comic art at Star Clipper.
Click here to download a PDF of the official Vincentennial program.