Woodmere Art Museum and the Chestnut Hill Film Group present the 51st year of rare and underseen films as well as classics. Sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Local.
February 20 - North By Northwest (1959 / 136 min)
Directed by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, "North by Northwest" is a gripping tale of mistaken identity and espionage. Cary Grant stars as Roger Thornhill, an ordinary man thrust into an extraordinary world of danger and intrigue. As he's chased across iconic American landmarks, Thornhill must unravel a web of espionage to clear his name and save the mysterious Eve Kendall, played by Eva Marie Saint. Hitchcock's masterful storytelling and Grant's charismatic performance make "North by Northwest" a timeless classic in the realm of thrilling cinema.
In 1995, North by Northwest was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
February 27 - Out of the Past (1947 / 93 min)
A classic film noir directed by Jacques Tourneur. It stars Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas. "Out of the Past" follows private detective Jeff Bailey as he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, betrayal, and a mysterious femme fatale. As past mistakes resurface, Bailey must confront the shadows that threaten to consume him.
In 1991, the National Film Preservation Board at the Library of Congress added Out of the Past to the United States National Film Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” films.
March 5 - Hands Across the Table (1933 / 80 min)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen, this romantic screwball comedy stars Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray. A tale of unexpected love, "Hands Across the Table" tells the story of a manicurist and a playboy whose lives take an unexpected turn when they find themselves entwined in a delightful romantic escapade.
March 12 - Mikey and Nicky (1976 / 106 min)
Directed by the talented Elaine May, "Mikey and Nicky" delves into the gritty underbelly of friendship and betrayal. John Cassavetes and Peter Falk deliver powerhouse performances as the eponymous friends whose lives intertwine in the dark and dangerous world of organized crime. May's masterful direction captures the nuances of male friendship, blending elements of crime drama with an intimate character study.
March 19 - Parole Girl (1933 / 67 min)/Heat Lightning (1934 / 63 min) Double Feature
This double feature showcases two distinct Pre-Code tales from the early 1930s. "Parole Girl" explores the challenges faced by a young woman attempting to rebuild her life after serving time, while "Heat Lightning" takes audiences on a suspenseful journey as secrets unravel at a remote desert gas station.
March 26 - Bread and Tulips (2000 / 114 min)
Directed by Silvio Soldini, this Italian romantic comedy tells the charming story of Rosalba, a housewife who finds unexpected liberation during a family vacation. As she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, Rosalba encounters a colorful cast of characters, creating a heartwarming and humorous narrative. In Italian with English subtitles.
April 2 - The Long Goodbye (1973 / 112 min)
Directed by the innovative Robert Altman, "The Long Goodbye" is a neo-noir mystery that thrusts Raymond Chandler's iconic detective Philip Marlowe into the turbulent 1970 sun-soaked Los Angeles. Elliott Gould takes on the role of Marlowe, a wisecracking and anachronistic detective navigating a world of shifting morals and elusive truths.
In 2021, The Long Goodbye was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
April 9 - My Neighbor Totoro (1988 / 86 min)
A beloved animated film from Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, "My Neighbor Totoro" follows the magical adventures of two young sisters who discover friendly forest spirits in rural Japan. Discovering the whimsical and mystical creatures residing in the nearby forest, including the iconic Totoro, the girls embark on a heartwarming journey of friendship and discovery. "My Neighbor Totoro" is a celebration of imagination, nature, and the enduring spirit of childhood.
April 16 - An Unmarried Woman (1978 / 125 min)
Directed by Paul Mazursky, this drama explores the life of Erica, played by Jill Clayburgh, as she grapples with the challenges of divorce and seeks to redefine her identity. Set against the backdrop of late 1970s New York City, the film offers a candid and honest portrayal of the emotional landscape of a woman in the midst of profound change.
April 23 - Brick (2005 / 100 min)
Directed by Rian Johnson, "Brick" is a neonoir mystery set in a modern-day high school. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Brendan, a teenager who delves into the seedy underbelly of his school to uncover the truth behind his ex-girlfriend's disappearance. Classic noir elements with a (tongue in cheek) contemporary twist.
April 30 - Hard Boiled (1992 / 128 min)
Directed by John Woo, "Hard Boiled" is an action-packed Hong Kong film starring Chow Yun-fat as a tough cop determined to take down a crime syndicate. Known for its intense gunplay and stylized action sequences, the film is a quintessential example of the heroic bloodshed genre. In Chinese with English subtitles.
May 7 - Point Blank (1967 / 92 min)
Directed by John Boorman, "Point Blank" is a gritty crime thriller starring Lee Marvin as a betrayed and vengeful Walker. The film's non-linear narrative and avant-garde style contribute to its atmospheric intensity as Walker ruthlessly works his way up modern crime’s corporate ladder.
In 2016, Point Blank was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.
May 14 - Big Night (1996 / 107 min)
Co-directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, "Big Night" is a culinary drama that follows two Italian brothers running a struggling restaurant. Starring Tucci and Tony Shalhoub, the film explores themes of family, artistic integrity, and the pursuit of the American dream, all set against a backdrop of delectable Italian cuisine.