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
FALL 2017 SEASON
Chimes at Midnight (1965/119 minutes)
Orson Welles does it all in this bittersweet adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays (Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; Richard II; Henry V; and The Merry Wives of Windsor): he wrote the adaptation, directed the film, and stars as Falstaff. The plot centers on Falstaff’s relationship with his father. Welles stated the center of the film’s story was “the betrayal of friendship.”
Twilight (1998/94 minutes)
In this excellent Hollywood-set mystery, Susan Sarandon is a fading movie sex symbol, Reese Witherspoon is her wild child daughter, and Gene Hackman is her dying husband. Paul Newman gives one of his final performances as an aging private detective caught up in the glamorous intrigue in Robert Benton’s tight and intriguing neo-noir mystery. Cast also includes Stockard Channing and James Garner.
The Secret Cinema Presents: Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968/87 minutes)
In this seminal work, an African American GI stationed in France confronts the dangers of cavorting with a white woman while on a short leave. Blaxploitation meets the French New Wave in Melvin Van Peebles’s legendary political allegory—one of the most remarkable lost films of the 1960s. Projected by the Secret Cinema, using an archival 16mm print (with surprise short subjects preceding the feature).
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933/96 minutes)
Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, and Ginger Rogers star in this saucy pre-Code backstage musical with songs by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics) and dazzling staging and choreography by the legendary Busby Berkeley. Set pieces include “We’re in the Money,” “Pettin’ in the Park,” “The Shadow Waltz,” and “Remember My Forgotten Man.”
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944/118 minutes)
Cary Grant stars in director Frank Capra’s movie of Joseph Kesselring’s macabre farce about an eccentric family where the aunts murder old men for “charity” with elderberry wine, the uncle thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and the brother is a sadistic career criminal who looks like Boris Karloff.
Tonight’s the Night (Happy Ever After) (1954/88 minutes)
An unscrupulous cad (David Niven) inherits an Irish estate, pursues Yvonne De Carlo, and wears out his welcome with the locals in this charming country comedy. A huge hit upon its first release but woefully forgotten— until now!
Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012/138 minutes)
Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) was the leading Dutch engraver of the early Baroque period. Writer, director, and provocateur Peter Greenaway dramatizes the artist’s transition from engraver to painter in this lush and layered fantasy about his staging of a series of erotic biblical tableaus for a rich and corrupt nobleman (F. Murray Abraham). Screening introduced by art historian Nicole Elizabeth Cook, PhD.
Mafioso (1962/105 minutes)
Familiar tropes of Italian neorealist cinema— the working-class protagonist, the beautiful wife, the Mafia don—are skillfully handled in director Alberto Lattuada’s comic story of a man who takes his family on a vacation back to his hometown in Sicily only to become embroiled with the local mafia. In Italian with English subtitles. The Late George Apley (1947/93 minutes) November 28 Ronald Colman plays a stuffy, self-satisfied member of Boston’s upper class who is horrified when he discovers that his children have fallen in love with—gasp!—nonBostonians. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and based on the novel by J. P. Marquand.
The Silent Partner (1978/106 minutes)
In this suspenseful, twisting, and thrilling Canadian neo-noir, meek bank teller Elliot Gould plays mind games with unstable violent criminal Christopher Plummer. Co-written by Curtis Hanson and especially recommended for fans of his 1997 movie LA Confidential. Our fall 2017 finale.