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thumbnail Huckleberry Finn (1974, USA)

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July 6, 2014
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Matinee Session

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Starring: Jeff East, Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman, David Wayne, Arthur O’Connell

Genre: Adventure, Musical

Duration: 118 mins

Huckleberry Finn, a half-literate outcast white boy chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Huck subscribes to many of the prevailing racist views, but he has never really thought about them, and during the long days and nights on the river Jim reeducates him. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures.

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thumbnail Playtime (1967, France)

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June 1, 2014
7:30 pm

Director: Jacques Tati

Starring: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly, France Delahalle

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 115 mins

Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with “Playtime”. For this monumental achievement (a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production) Tati again thrust the endearingly clumsy, resolutely old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a bafflingly modernist Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to a modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.


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thumbnail Age of Consent (1969, Australia)

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April 7, 2013
7:30 pm

Director: Michael Powell

Starring: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran, Neva Carr-Glynn, Andonia Katsaros

Genre: Drama

Duration: 98 mins

Screening: April 7, 2013 at 7:30

Based on a story by Norman Lindsay, disillusioned artist Brad Morahan (James Mason) escapes New York for his Australian homeland seeking solitude and inspiration. On an idyllic offshore island he rediscovers his muse in the form of a young girl (Helen Mirren). Directed by Michael Powell, the movie portrays a relationship between an older man and a young girl which leads to a mutually liberating experience for both parties.

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thumbnail The Philadelphia Story (1940, USA)

Classic, Comedy, Event, Romance, Uncategorized , 1 comment so far
November 4, 2012
7:30 pm

Director: George Cukor
Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Duration: 112 mins

When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Screening Date: November 4, 2012

 

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thumbnail Arsenic & Old Lace (1944, USA)

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March 25, 2012
7:30 pmto8:30 pm

Director: Frank Capra

Starring: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Edward Everett Horton

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 118 mins

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Summary: A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Screening Date: March 25, 2012

She Passed Out On Cary ! No Wonder . . . She’s just discovered his favorite aunts have poisoned their 13th gentleman friend !

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thumbnail The Passenger (1975, Fr/It/US/Sp)

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October 17, 2010
7:30 pm

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff

Genre: Classic/Drama/Thriller

Duration: 126 mins

Rated: M

Summary: Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, The Passenger is, on the simplest level, a suspense story of a man trying to escape his own life. This haunting story is a portrait of a drained journalist, played by Jack Nicholson, researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert, whose deliverance is an identity exchange with a dead man, accepting the consequences that it brings. The protagonist’s fate reflects each individual’s own private thoughts about real and/or imagined destiny.

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thumbnail It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963, USA)

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August 15, 2010
7:30 pm

Director: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman

Genre: Classic/Comedy

Duration: 164 mins

Rated: G

Summary: Blockbuster comedy. Brilliantly simple, the plot concerns a caravan of motorists who witness a terrible accident on a dangerously winding California desert highway. The auto-crash victim, Smiler Grogan, reveals in his dying words that he has hidden a fortune of stolen cash, sending the drivers on a rambunctious race to see who can claim the loot first! The large stellar cast reads as the Who’s Who in comedy, with great performances by Spencer Tracy, Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Peter Falk, Jimmy Durante, and others, including fun cameos by Buster Keaton, Jack Benny, Don Knotts and the Three Stooges.

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thumbnail The Great Dictator (1940, USA)

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March 28, 2010
7:30 pm

Director: Charles Chaplin

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert

Genre: Classic/Comedy

Duration: 125 mins

Rated: G

Summary: The Great Dictator is Charlie Chaplin’s first talking picture. In it he plays both Adenoid Hynkel, the power-mad ruler of Tomania, and a humble Jewish barber suffering under the dictator’s rule. Paulette Goddard, Chaplin’s wife at the time, plays the barber’s beloved; and the rotund comedian Jack Oakie turns in a weirdly accurate burlesque of Mussolini, as a bellowing fellow dictator named Benzino Napaloni, Dictator of Bacteria. Chaplin himself hits one of his highest moments in the amazing sequence where he performs a dance of love with a large inflated globe of the world. Never has the hunger for world domination been more rhapsodically expressed. Chaplin ends the film with the barber’s six-minute speech calling for peace and prophesying a hopeful future for troubled mankind. 125 mins.

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thumbnail Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963, Italy/France)

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July 25, 2010
7:30 pm

Director: Luchino Visconti

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli

Genre: Classic/Drama

Duration: 180 mins

Rated: PG

Summary: In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero’s beautiful daughter Angelica. The climatic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society.

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