Directed by Stanley Kubrick. UK. 1964. PG. 95 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Referred to variously as a “classic nightmare comedy,” a “ferocious cold war satire,” and “the funniest movie ever made about thermonuclear holocaust,” Stanley Kubrick’s masterful Dr. Strangelove seems to grow increasingly relevant with each passing day. The story has a certifiably insane General (General Jack D. Ripper) who, believing that the Communists are sabotaging his “vital bodily fluids,” deliberately sends a bomber squadron off to attack the USSR. Hearing . . .
Directed by Norman Jewison. US. 1966. NR. 2 hours 15 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
Since Russia seems to be in the news a lot lately, why not start off a month of films about Mother Russia with a bit of fun? This film ranks with Dr. Strangelove (screening on Sep 24) as being a hilarious, but thought-provoking, look back at the national paranoia that existed during the 50s and early 60s regarding the threat of “evil Godless communism.” The story is simple: confused . . .
Directed by Martin Ritt. US. 1976. PG. 1 hour 35 minutes. Sony. Digital.
During the McCarthy witch hunts, blacklisted writers who wanted to work in the entertainment industry had two choices: move to Europe or hire a front. Woody Allen stars in this comedy/drama as Howard Prince, a cashier/bookie, who pretends to be a writer so he can sell TV scripts for his blacklisted friend Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy). When the scripts are bought and Howard becomes a success, the House . . .
Directed by Woody Allen. US. 1975. PG. 1 hour 25 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
Considered by many to be one of the best film of Woody Allen’s early “purely funny” period, Love and Death is a delight. Besides being a hilarious spoof of classic, portentous Russian novels such as those by Dostoyevsky, it also includes references to famed directors Sergei Eisenstein and Ingmar Bergman, and even to the films of Bob Hope. One early critic referred to it as “Tolstoy meets the Marx . . .
Directed by John Huston. UK. 1953. NR. 1 hour 29 minutes. Sony. Digital.
After years of neglect, John Huston and Truman Capote’s cult collaboration is back on the big screen in a new restoration of its uncensored International cut! Filmed along the Italian coastline, this cult caper follows the antics of a group of oddballs led by Humphrey Bogart who conspire to buy uranium in Africa. Written on the set by Capote, Beat the Devil’s snappy dialogue and anarchic pacing are . . .
Directed by Rupert Julian. US. 1925. NR. 93 minutes. DVD.
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Glenn Hough is a local artist, member of the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley and accomplished entertainer. He started playing the piano at the age of four which led to his choosing music as a life long career. In addition to his keyboard and piano work, Glenn has become an ardent devotee of playing the theatre organ. During the past eleven years he has played for silent movies . . .
Directed by Mel Brooks. US. 1974. PG. 1 hour 46 minutes. Fox. Digital.
What better way to go into Halloween (and kick off a couple of Gene Wilder classics) than with Mel Brooks’ wonderful Young Frankenstein? This hilarious and affectionate spoof of the classic horror films produced by Universal studios in the 1930’s and 40s, is rated by many as being the funniest and most accomplished parody of a classic film ever made. Written by Brooks and Wilder, and with a cast . . .
Directed by Michael Curtiz. US. 1938. NR. 1 hour 42 minutes. Warner. Digital.
Filmed in fabulous Technicolor and showcasing the swashbuckling talents of Errol Flynn, The Adventures of Robin Hood is amazing adventure that’s been entertaining audiences for 80 years! When noble King Richard the Lionheart is taken captive while returning from battle, his throne is usurped by his sinister brother Prince John. Vowing to oust Prince John and restore peace and prosperity to England, Sir Robin of Locksley becomes the outlaw . . .
Directed by Arthur Hiller. US. 1976. PG. 1 hour 54 minutes. Fox. Digital.
Gene Wilder stars in this highly entertaining Hitchcockian comedy/thriller/romance/action film from the mid-70s. He plays a mild-mannered (what else?) book executive who is hoping to take a leisurely train ride from Los Angeles to Chicago aboard the famed Silver Streak. While on board he becomes embroiled in a world of intrigue, kidnapping, art-forgery, and murder; even somehow getting tossed from the train – not once . . .
Directed by Harry Lachman. US. 1936. NR. 1 hour 45 minutes. 35mm.
For our 3rd Annual Laurel and Hardy Film Fest, we present the legendary team’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, Our Relations. Reprising their famous Stan and Ollie characters, the duo also play their brothers Alf and Bert, two sailors entrusted with protecting a valuable ring. When gangsters mistake Stan and Ollie for their sea-faring brothers, a series of wacky set pieces ensues. In addition to this full-length . . .
Directed by George Cukor. US. 1935. NR. 1:34 minutes. Warner. 35mm.
Condemned by the Legion of Decency and a disappointment at the box office, Sylvia Scarlett was revived decades later and now enjoys a reputation as one of the highlights of Cukor’s impressive filmography. In a scheme to help her embezzling bookkeeper father escape Marseilles for London, young Sylvia (Katharine Hepburn) cuts her hair, dons a fedora, and changes her name to Sylvester. En route, they encounter a “gentleman adventurer . . .
Directed by Arthur Penn. US. 1967. R. 1 hour 52 minutes. Warner. Digital.
In the summer of ’67 The Beatles changed music with the release of Sgt. Pepper and Warner Bros. changed movies with the release of Bonnie and Clyde. Loosely based on the true story of Depression-era bank robbers/lovers Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty), Arthur Penn’s counterculture-influenced film broke barriers with its frank depiction of sexuality and violence – and opened up the door for . . .
Directed by Terry Gilliam. UK. 1975. PG. 1 hour 31 minutes. Rainbow. Digital.
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The end of November brings many cherished traditions: Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, shopping with the crazed masses on Black Friday, watching parades and football games, and gathering at the Colonial to watch one of the funniest (and most quotable) comedies of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail! Perhaps the Pythons’ finest film, this cult classic puts an absurdist spin on the King Arthur legend complete with . . .
Directed by George Roy Hill. US. 1969. PG. 1 hour 50 minutes. Fox. Digital.
Paul Newman and Robert Redford paved new trails in the buddy picture with this wistful Western penned by celebrated novelist William Goldman. Near the end of the 19th century, Butch leads the notorious Hole-in-the-Wall Gang in a series of robberies. After a botched train robbery, Butch and his loyal cohort the Sundance Kid find themselves pursued by a ruthless posse. With Sundance’s girlfriend in tow, the . . .
Directed by Woody Allen. US. 1986. PG-13. 1 hour 43 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
Bookended by family Thanksgiving dinners, Woody Allen’s dramedy traces the ups-and-downs of sisters Hannah (Mia Farrow), Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Academy Award Winner Dianne Wiest). Characters weaving in-and-out of their lives include Hannah’s unfaithful husband (Oscar Winner Michael Caine), Hannah’s ex-husband (Allen), a troubled artist (Max von Sydow), a friend-turned-rival (Carrie Fisher), a would-be suitor (Sam Waterson), and . . .
Directed by Walter Lang. US. 1948. NR. 1 hour 23 minutes. Fox. 35mm.
Clifton Webb, master of waspish prissiness and aristocratic disdain, was nominated for a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of self-proclaimed genius Mr. Belvedere in this surprise hit comedy of 1948. It seems that busy parents Robert Young and Maureen O’Hara are raising three bratty boys and, in desperation, have hired this middle-aged gentleman as a most-unlikely babysitter, after having worn out several previous . . .
Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1938. NR. 2 hours 6 minutes. Sony. Digital.
This fast-moving screwball comedy about an eccentric family, based on a Pulitzer prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, easily won 1938’s Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. It boasts a sterling cast, including James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, and Spring Byington, all at their peak of comic inventiveness. The plot is a simple one: Barrymore, the patriarch of the . . .
Directed by Gregory La Cava. US. 1936. NR. 1 hour 34 minutes. Universal. Digital.
One of Hollywood’s greatest screwball comedies, My Man Godfrey earns its distinct honor thanks to the talents of its stars Carole Lombard and William Powell. While playing in a scavenger hunt, socialite Irene Bullock (Lombard) meets down-on-his-luck Godfrey “Smith” Parke (Powell). After striking up a friendship with Godfrey, Irene offers him a job as the family butler. As Godfrey adjusts to his new role in life . . .
Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1946. NR. 2 hours 10 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
What can we say about It’s a Wonderful Life that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? One of the most popular movies of all time (though it wasn’t a hit when it was first released), this is a film that has come to represent all the hope, good will, and sentiment that define the holiday season. Please join us in rooting for Jimmy Stewart, Clarence the . . .
Directed by Stanley Kramer. US. 1963. 8+. 2 hours 39 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Comedies don’t get any bigger or funnier than this epic! When mortally-wounded criminal “Smiler” Grogan (Jimmy Durante) reveals the mysterious location of $350,000 in stolen loot to five motorists (Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett), he unwittingly sets off a statewide race to find the buried booty. But Grogan’s old nemesis Captain T.G. Culpeper (Spencer Tracy) is keeping a close . . .
Directed by Anthony Harvey. UK. 1968. PG. 2 hours 14 minutes. Rialto. Digital.
In 1183, King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) plans to announce his successor during his Christmas celebration. Although he has three sons, he favors Prince John (Nigel Terry). Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn in an Oscar winning performance), his recently imprisoned wife, believes their son Prince Richard (Anthony Hopkins) should be king. As various conniving family members and insiders gather for the feast, complex webs of deceit and double-crosses are . . .