One of Hollywood's most enduring leading men will be the centerpiece of four film screenings and a lecture this weekend at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The Cary Grant Film Festival begins on Friday evening, April 23, and will be highlighted by the Nancy Nelson Masterpiece Lecture at 6 p.m. Saturday. Film historian and Grant biographer Nelson holds forth on "The Cary Grant Few People Knew," chronicling the life of an impoverished former song-and-dance man and sometime juggler named Archie Leach, who in time reinvented himself as the ultimate debonair man about town in scores of Hollywood hits. Nelson's lecture will also address Grant's four failed marriages, his troubled relationship with his mother and his startling 1960s experiments with LSD.
The Grant films to be shown are among the romantic icon's best work: Alfred Hitchcock's great 1959 thriller North by Northwest(7:30 p.m. Friday), the sparkling comedy of manners The Philadelphia Story (8 p.m. Saturday), Howard Hawks's delightful screwball farce Bringing Up Baby (10 a.m. Sunday), and another Hitchcock classic, Notorious (1 p.m. Sunday). It's worth noting that Grant, who died in 1986, would have turned 100 on January 18 this year.