Movies at Woodmere
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 7:00 p.m. $5 suggested donation
WINTER/SPRING 2017 SEASON
Love Me Tonight (1932/104 minutes)
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart provide the superb score for director Rouben Mamoulian’s pre-code musical fantasy starring Maurice Chevalier as a tailor and Jeanette MacDonald as the princess who is the object of his ardor. Co-stars Myrna Loy and C. Aubrey Smith. Risqué and technically accomplished.
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 a Russian count posing as poor taxi driver Don Ameche and wealthy, decadent socialite John Barrymore.
7 Boxes (2012/110 minutes)
This dark and comedic thriller is The Fast and the Furious with wheelbarrows. All Victor, a seventeen-year-old delivery boy in sweltering Asunción, Paraguay, has to do for $100 US is deliver seven boxes of unknown content. Multiple pursuers make the task all but impossible. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Passage to Marseille (1944/109 minutes)
Warner Brothers’ follow up to Casablanca features most of the same talent before and behind the camera. Unfolding in a complex flashback-within-flashback structure, Michael Curtiz directs Humphrey Bogart as a freedom-loving French journalist who sacrifices his happiness and security to battle Nazi tyranny. With Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet. Music by Max Steiner and great black-and-white cinematography by James Wong Howe.
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967/108 minutes)
The events leading up to a bizarre crime of passion on a domestic army base are examined in one of director John Huston’s best and most unusual movies. This challenging adaptation of Carson McCullers’s novel of repression and hysteria features career-best performances from Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Brian Keith, and Robert Forster.
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.
The Sugarland Express (1974/110 minutes)
Steven Spielberg’s theatrical feature film directorial debut is a road movie loaded with action and suspense, starring Goldie Hawn and William Atherton as lovers on the run who kidnap highway patrolman Michael Sacks and are pursued by lawman Ben Johnson. Music by John Williams and cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.
Raising Arizona (1987/94 minutes)
The Coen Brothers second feature film is a dark, screwball comedy that takes its cues from manic Tex Avery cartoons and 1940s “B” movies and dime novels. Career criminal Nicolas Cage tries to go straight for the love of police officer Holly Hunter, but the barren duo wind up kidnapping a child and fleeing though a surreal and seedy West.
Monkey Business (1931/77 minutes)
The anarchic third feature film starring the Marx Brothers is a pre-code masterpiece that was the quartet’s first movie written directly for the screen. Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo are stowaways on a ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean embroiled with gangsters, romancing Thelma Todd, and each ludicrously pretending to be Maurice Chevalier when discovered.
The Kid Brother (1927/84 minutes)
Harold Lloyd plays a small-town underdog living in the shadow of his more successful older brothers—but when some money is stolen from the town council, it’s up to Lloyd to find the crooks and save the day. Lloyd combines comedy, action, and a heartwarming story in this delightful entertainment. Silent with live musical accompaniment. Projected by the Secret Cinema, using an archival 16mm print (with surprise short subjects preceding the feature).
The Killing (1956/85 minutes)
The prodigious gifts of young filmmaker Stanley Kubrick are artfully displayed in this, his third feature film, a tight, tense, and suspenseful film noir about a “perfectly” planned racetrack robbery. Outstanding high-key, black-and-white photography by Lucien Ballard illuminates a surreal rogues’ gallery of iconic “B” actors including Sterling Hayden, Marie Windsor, Timothy Carey, and Elisha Cook, Jr. Our 2016–2017 season finale.