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.
7:30–9:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm. $5 suggested donation
Winter 2018 SEASON
Kiss Me Kate (1953/109 minutes)
Art imitates life as a bickering couple plays the leads in Cole Porter’s fantastic, witty, and visually arresting musical of Shakespeare’s problematic Taming of the Shrew. Starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, and, in a supporting role, Bob Fosse.
The Parallax View (1974/102 minutes)
Witnesses to the assassination of a political candidate are mysteriously dying one by one. Reporter Warren Beatty investigates and is caught up in a maelstrom of conspiracies and evil corporations. Alan J. Pakula’s paranoid political thriller is a key American movie of the 1970s and one that disturbingly resonates with today’s political theater.
Smile (1975/117 minutes)
Michael Ritchie’s sharp, ironic comedy hits a broad target—the ludicrous world of teen beauty pageants—but he does it with a good-humored satire that doesn’t demean its subjects. The laughter comes from the many clever vignettes that fit together seamlessly in the excellent screenplay. Featuring Melanie Griffith, Barbara Feldon, and, in a memorable turn, Bruce Dern as head pageant judge Big Bob.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995/102 minutes)
The world of 1948 Los Angeles is vividly recreated as Denzel Washington brings Walter Mosley’s beloved sleuth “Easy” Rawlins to life with smoldering charisma in director Carl Franklin’s 1990s neo-noir. Co-starring Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, and Maury Chaykin.
Secret Cinema “B” Picture Double Feature
Youth Runs Wild (1944/67 minutes)
Fresh from his landmark cycle of psychological horror movies at RKO, producer Val Lewton helped invent the modern juvenile delinquent movie with this sensational yarn of misbehaving adolescents led by Bonita Granville and directed by Mark Robson.
Madame Spy (1942/63 minutes)
A secret agent (Constance Bennett) goes undercover to infiltrate a clandestine ring of Nazi spies in director Roy William Neill’s tight World War II–era thriller. Projected by the Secret Cinema, using archival 16mm prints, with surprise short subjects preceding the feature.
Patterns (1956/83 minutes)
Conflicted Van Heflin locks horns with corrupt Everett Sloane as conscience and ambition war in Rod Serling’s 1950s New York City boardroom melodrama, successfully adapted from his TV play. Superb, stark black-andwhite photography by Boris Kaufman establishes the frightening atmosphere.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg/ Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964/95 minutes)
Director Jacques Demy’s romantic, heartbreaking sung-through musical by Michel Legrand about the love affair between seventeen-year-old Catherine Deneuve and auto mechanic Nino Castelnuovo. Lush, candy-colored (and much emulated) cinematography by Jean Rabier. In French with English subtitles.
The Long Good Friday (1980/114 minutes)
This gritty British gangster film stars Bob Hoskins as an underworld kingpin wooing American mobsters while fending off threats from the Irish Republican Army. Co-starring a young, glamorous Helen Mirren.
The Passionate Thief/Risate di Gioia (1960/106 minutes)
Italy’s electric post–World War II boom and “economic miracle” is captured on screen as actress Anna Magnani, comedian Totò, and pickpocket Ben Gazzara paint Rome red one madcap New Year’s Eve. In Italian with English subtitles.
Wichita (1955/81 minutes)
This Golden Globe winner is an intriguing romantic Western that pits an initially reluctant Wyatt Earp against a lawless town. Masterfully directed by Jacques Tourneur (I Walked with a Zombie, Cat People, Out of the Past), the film features the appealing Joel McCrea as Earp and Vera Miles as his love interest.