Woodmere Art Museum and the Chestnut Hill Film Group are pleased to present this new series featuring classic and recent films. Season sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Local.
Tuesdays | 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
$5 suggested donation
Song of the South
1946 | 94 minutes
Walt Disney’s first feature film using live actors and animation brings to life the tales of Uncle Remus and the adventures of trickster Br’er Rabbit and his friends. The notorious song “Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah” won an Academy Award. Considered one of Disney’s finest, it also provoked controversy for its depiction of race relations. Photographed by Gregg Toland with special effects by Ub Iwerks.
The Prisoner of Zenda
1937 | 101 minutes
Producer David O. Selznick’s swashbuckling adventure stars Ronald Colman as a vacationing English gentleman who meets a soon-to-be crowned king and discovers he is not only a distant relative but his exact double. He is recruited to impersonate the would-be king (who has been kidnapped). Complications arise when the king’s betrothed begins to notice a personality change in her fiancé. The film features epic, wild adventures and a climactic duel. Co-stars Raymond Massey, David Niven, C. Aubrey Smith, Mary Astor, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Beat the Devil
1953 | 100 minutes
Truman Capote and John Huston spoof the thriller genre in this beloved cult classic. On their way to Africa, a group of charlatans with a scheme to get rich meet a seemingly innocent couple from Britain (Humphrey Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida). Enjoy the eccentric behavior and playful humor with an all-star cast. Also featuring Jennifer Jones, Robert Morley, and Peter Lorre.
1944 | 107 minutes
Billy Wilder adapts James M. Cain’s novel of smoldering lust and murder-for-profit into a sleek film noir. With iconic, hard- boiled performances by Fred MacMurray as a successful insurance man and Barbara Stanwyck as the provocative housewife who wants her husband dead. The story is told in flashback by a doomed man dictating his confession. Sharp-edged shadows conceal and project the characters’ fears as suspicions and betrayals develop. Also starring Edward G. Robinson.
1937 | 134 minutes
Frank Capra’s visually opulent, dramatic fantasy is based on the novel by James Hilton about travelers fleeing from war-torn China and crash-landing in the secluded, idyllic Tibetan town of Shangri-La. Here time stands still, but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? Starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, and Thomas Mitchell.
The Model and the Marriage Broker
1951 | 103 minutes
Thelma Ritter has a rare lead role as a marriage broker who matches up misfits. When she meets the pretty department store model Kitty Bennett (Jeanne Crain), she can’t resist meddling in her life by disentangling her from a married man. Poignant and perceptive, this romantic comedy is directed by George Cukor and co-stars Zero Mostel.
1981| 110 minutes
Two idealistic young men from rural Western Australia enlist in the Australian Army during World War I. They are sent to fight on the peninsula of Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey), where they face the harsh realities of military conflict. This film about the loss of innocence and the coming of age stars Mel Gibson and Mark Lee and is directed by Peter Weir.
Handful of Dust
1969 | 149 minutes
A wife’s infidelity hastens the demise of a family of English aristocrats. Based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, this is a provocative tale where tradition is lost to selfish greed. Stars Alec Guinness, Judi Dench, Anjelica Huston, Rupert Graves, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Stephen Fry.
Army of Shadows
1969 | 149 minutes
Director Jean-Pierre Melville’s stunning World War II adventure traces the story of the ordinary people of the French Resistance in the darkest days of the conflict when it seemed as if Germany might win. This realistic portrayal based on Joseph Kessel’s 1943 book blends his own experiences as a member of the Resistance with fictionalized versions of other members.
The China Syndrome
1979 | 123 minutes
This white-knuckle thriller features TV reporter Jane Fonda and cameraman Michael Douglas exploring a high-reaching cover-up about nearsighted cost-cutting measures at a nuclear plant. Co-stars Jack Lemmon in one of his greatest performances as an ethical nuclear engineer. 2014–15 Season Finale!