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Classic Films

The Prisoner of Zenda

Sun., February 26, 2017

Directed by John Cromwell. US. 1937. NR. 101 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

After three silent adaptations of Anthony Hope’s famous swashbuckling novel, Hollywood finally got it right with this lavish production. Ronald Colman shines as both Rupert Rassendyll, a commoner forced to impersonate his double, and as his lookalike cousin, the heir to the throne of the fictional kingdom of Ruritania. However, the film is almost stolen by the marvelous Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., as his rival (and the villain of the . . .

Stage Fright

Sun., March 5, 2017

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. UK. 1950. NR. 110 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

We’re proud to participate in the first annual Reel Film Day (3.5)!
14 year-old organist Brett Miller will play the pipe organ before the screening, from 1:30 – 2:00.
This month, thanks to the urgings of numerous Hitchcock fans, we are bypassing the Master’s more famous films (such as Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Psycho, etc., etc.) and presenting several of his less famous . . .

Strangers on a Train

Sun., March 12, 2017

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1951. NR. 101 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

Working from an ingenious novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and co-scripted by Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep), Hitchcock crafted a true masterpiece of suspense. From the first moments, when callow young tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets seemingly eccentric Bruno Antony (Robert Walker, in his best and most famous role) on a commuter train, we are immediately drawn into a complex web of murder and . . .

The Birds

Sun., March 19, 2017

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1963. PG-13. 119 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Sponsored by Floyd da boid

After the runaway success of Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho (1960), the general consensus was that he would never be able to match it for tension and horror. Then, after three years of preparation, he gave the world The Birds, and the critics were stunned. This, like many of Hitchcock’s best works, demands re-watching, if only to appreciate the power of some of its most haunting images: e.g . . .


Sun., March 19, 2017

Directed by Kent Jones. France. 2015. PG-13. 79 minutes. Cohen Media Group. Digital.

“In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock sat for a week of interviews in Los Angeles with the fast-rising French New Wave director Francois Truffaut. The idea was that these two men who lived and breathed cinema would discuss and dissect the Master of Suspense’s movies. The playful and penetrating transcripts of those conversations were published in a 1966 book that would quickly become a sort of gospel for films buffs . . .


Sun., March 26, 2017

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. UK. 1972. R. 116 minutes. Universal. Digital.

After almost 25 years of working exclusively in the United States, and after several films (Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz) which had met with mixed or poor reviews, Hitchcock returned to his native England to make Frenzy. And the result was an unconditional success. Though not exactly a mystery (we know from early on exactly whom “The Necktie Strangler” is), it provided proof positive that the Master had not lost his . . .


Tue., April 4, 2017

Directed by Michael Radford. UK. 1984. R. 113 minutes. 35mm.
Sponsored by Friends of the Colonial

We pay tribute to the late John Hurt with a special 35mm screening of 1984.

“Director Michael Radford’s 1984, filmed in England between April and June of 1984 (the same period during which the action of George Orwell’s famous 1949 novel takes place), is a film adaptation that succeeds brilliantly. In one fell swoop, it repoliticizes the novel — translating it into terms that speak directly to the present . . .