On Tuesday nights, Woodmere’s main gallery is transformed into an intimate setting for screenings of rare and underseen films as well as classics. Tuesday Nights at the Movies is presented with the Chestnut Hill Film Group and sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Local.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
2022-2023: 50TH ANNIVERSARY "BEST OF" SEASON!
JANUARY 10: PEEPING TOM (1960 / 101 minutes)
Originally released a year before Hitchcock’s Psycho, Michael Powell’s influential character study of a cameraman murderer disturbingly and persuasively links cinema to mental illness and murder. A landmark suspense-horror movie written by polymath and WWII cryptographer Leo Marks, and richly shot in bold, peculiar Eastman Color by Otto Heller. Viewer discretion advised.
JANUARY 17: LE SAMOURAÏ (1967 / 105 minutes)
Feral Alain Delon is an enigmatic and taciturn hit man who lives by his own austere code of ethics. He becomes dangerously enmeshed with an exotic nightclub singer in director Jean-Pierre Melville’s stylish psychological crime thriller soaked in rain, trench coats, and fedoras. This hugely influential color neo-noir deconstructs the imagery of hardboiled Hollywood into a poetic and lucid dream, often imitated but never duplicated. In French with English subtitles.
*NO SCREENINGS JAN 24, JAN 31, FEB 7, OR FEB 14*
FEBRUARY 21: THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS** (1942 / 88 minutes)
Orson Welle’s follow-up to CITIZEN KANE, stunningly photographed by Stanley Cortez, chronicalling an American family’s tragic fall from grace as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled. Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins.
FEBRUARY 28: MIDNIGHT** (1939 / 94 minutes)
Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder provide the script for Mitchell Leisen’s enchanting, romantic screwball comedy. Broke American showgirl Claudette Colbert arrives in Paris and finds herself torn between Don Ameche as a Russian count posing as poor taxi driver, and wealthy, decadent socialite John Barrymore
MARCH 7: THE COURT JESTER** (1955 / 101 minutes)
Frothy, Technicolor, medieval slapstick romantic comedy with a crackerjack cast headlined by Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. This beloved cult movie memorably features the tongue twister: “The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!” Music by Sammy Cahn, featuring Sylvia Fine’s playful lyrics. Written, produced, and directed by Melvin Frank & Norman Panama.
MARCH 14: SHOWBOAT** (1936 / 113 minutes)
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s immortal musical adaptation of Edna Ferber’s sprawling Novel spanning five decades and three generations from the 1880’s to the 1930’s. Featuring Paul Robeson’s legendary delivery of Ol’ Man River, one of the greatest showstoppers of all time. In the movie’s contrast of its aesthetic accomplishments and historical importance with its racism, Showboat still aptly and disturbingly reflects the fissions of racial justice dividing the United States.
MARCH 21: ANATOMY OF A MURDER** (1959 / 160 minutes)
A masterful exercise in ambiguity: small town defense lawyer James Stewart is pitted against slick prosecutor George C. Scott when Ben Gazzara, a soldier with a history of domestic violence, murders a barkeep over the alleged rape of his wife, Lee Remick, and is put on trial in director Otto Preminger’s controversial courtroom thriller. Memorable score by Duke Ellington (who also cameos).
MARCH 28: BABETTE’S FEAST (1987 / 103 minutes)
The passionless Jutland 19th century village life of two unmarried sisters living with their minister father is upended with the arrival of a French refugee who makes an exquisite meal that no one will ever forget. One of the most celebrated food movies of all time, with food as a love affair. In Danish, French and Swedish with English subtitles
APRIL 4: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS** (1941 / 90 minutes)
Writer-Director Preston Sturges’ Swiftian satirical take on the movie biz. Famous Hollywood director of light comedies Joel McCrea yearns to throw off the handcuffs of popularity and commercialism to create socially meaningful dramas. As research, he sets out to live as a hobo and in doing so connects with poor aspiring actress Veronica Lake. Photographed by the great John Seitz.
APRIL 11: TO CATCH A THIEF** (1955 / 106 minutes)
Alfred Hitchcock’s effervescent, sexy, romantic, and totally charming thriller starring Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar out to prove his innocence in a string of recent capers. Set on the French Riviera, Philadelphia’s own Grace Kelly sparkles as an heiress who has her jewels stolen, and who catches Grant’s twinkling eye.
APRIL 18: HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT (1937 / 97 minutes)
A distinctive blend of comedy, drama, romance, survival, and suspense from director Frank Borzage wherein a romantic headwaiter, Charles Boyer, fights to save Jean Arthur from her possessive exhusband, Colin Clive.
APRIL 25: SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932 / 80 minutes)
Josef von Sternberg directs Marlene Dietrich as Shanghai Lily thrust together with her former lover Clive Brook on board a train held hostage during a revolution. With Warner Oland and Anna May Wong. Script by Jules Furthman. This screening of Shanghai Express is presented in loving memory of the late, David Mallery (1924- 2010), the heart and soul of Chestnut Hill Film Group for decades, who loved Sternberg-Dietrich movies.
MAY 2: KAY FRANCIS DOUBLE FEATURE:
TROUBLE IN PARADISE** (1932 / 83 minutes)
Director Ernst Lubitsch’s delightful, spicy, and cynical pre-code comedy about a pair of con artists (Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall) and their romantic/ criminal triangle with heiress Kay Francis. Co-starring the ever wonderful Edward Everett Horton and C. Aubrey Smith.
ONE WAY PASSAGE (1932 / 68 minutes)
Rueful and bittersweet, pre-code shipboard romance on a Hong Kong to San Francisco sailing. Captured-escaped murderer William Powell is being returned to prison for his imminent execution, but finds eleventh-hour love with terminally ill beauty, Kay Francis, having her one last cruise ship hurrah. Their passion smolders and they make the most of their monthlong final voyage. Powell and Francis’ 6th movie together, co-written by Wilson Mizner, and directed with expert finesse by Tay Garnett.
MAY 9: BONNIE AND CLYDE** (1967 / 111 minutes)
Here’s to the next 50 years of The Chestnut Hill Film Group! Our 50th season ends where it began: fifty years ago, The Chestnut Hill Film Group began with a screening of director Arthur Penn’s violent outlaw odyssey starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as gun-totin’ killers on the lam. One of the key movies that ushered in “The New Hollywood” of the 1970s, it memorably costars Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons. Cinematography by Burnett Guffey, edited by Dede Allen, and music by Charles Strouse
** asterisk indicates selection for preservation by the National Film Registry as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” film.