1989, dir. Edward Zwick. Exceptional story of America's first unit of black soldiers during the civil war and the young inexperienced Northerner (Matthew Broderick) who's given the job of training and leading them. Based in part on the letters of the young officer and brought to life with astonishing skill and believability. Veteran director of photograpy Freddie Frances won and Oscar for his grandly moving and breathtaking cinematography. Also won oscars for best supporting actor (Denzel Washington) and sound.
1951, dir. John Huston, from the Stephen Crane novel. Starring real-life war hero Audie Murphy and narrated by James Whitmore. Yankee soldier Murphy flees under fire and is guilt-stricken over his apparent lack of courage. Huston directs sweeping battle scenes and some truly frightening rebel cavalry charges in this study of the fine line between cowardice and bravery. Of the many memorable scenes, the union general promising to share supper after the upcoming battle with a half-dozen different platoons is a classic. Heavily edited after oddly negative previews, the film's troubled production is recounted in the book Picture by Lillian Ross.
1974, dir. John Waters. Starring Divine. Follow the career of crime star and art gangster Dawn Davenport and her trashy, meteoric rise to fame, fortune, and the electric chair.
1962, dir. Robert Aldrich. Farfetched and thoroughly engaging black comedy of two former movie stars. Joan Crawford is a cripple at the mercy of demented sister Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis). Bette has a field day with her macabre characterization and she triggered a decade-long spate of older female stars in horror films. Time magazine called it the year's scariest, funniest, and most sophisticated chiller.
1955, The only film Charles Laughton directed is considered a unique masterpiece of American Cinema. A psychopathic preacher (Robert Mitchum) goes on the trail of hidden money. Its location is a secret kept by 2 children. A weird manic fantasy in which evil confronts the power of innocence. Also starring Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish.Nightly at 7:30, Sat & Sun Mat 2 pm
1961, dir J. Lee Thompson. Stars Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck. This definitive version of Cape Fear, remade by Scorsese & DeNiro, is a dark variation of the lady-in-distress theme. A convicted rapist comes back to terrorize the wife and daughter of the man who testified against him. The path of terror leads to a gripping nighttime chase through southern bayou country. Robert Mitchum as the psychopath turns in his best portrayal of rancid villainy, slouching around malignantly in shirttails, panama hat and half-used stogie. Director Thompson smoothly meshes crawling shadows and synchronized cutting camera movements into an unforced crescendo of suspense.
1953, dir. Jean Renoir. Anna Magnani stars as the leading lady of a group of traveling players in 18th Century Peru. Three vie for her affections: her leading man, a bullfighter, and one of Peru's noblemen. When the nobleman presents her with an official coach as a gift, Magnani decides things have gone too far. She donates the coach to the church to be used as a hearse, tells the bullfighter goodbye, and returns to her life in the theater. Theatrical and stylized, one of the great films about acting. Photographer Claude Renoir, Jean's brother, achieves a stunningly colorful effect.Nightly at 7:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 2 pm
Italian, 1989, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore, set in postwar Italy. A young boy is mesmerized by the movie theater in his small town and pursues a friendship with its crusty but warm-hearted projectionist. It's a love song to the art of the cinema.
1955, dir. Joseph Lewis. In this nearly perfect film noir, Richard Conti stars as a gang leader who rules by fear. Cornel Wilde is a zealous cop who is out to get Conti's gang by whatever means necessary, legal or illegal. Then Conti discovers the wrath of a two-timed woman when his wife discovers he is having an affair with a socialite. The final scene of betrayal is a shoot-out in an isolated airplane hangar. There is a sense of fatalism and perverse, erotic violence that exists in few other noir films. With Brian Donlevy, Earl Holliman and Lee Van Cleef as the gang members.Nightly at 7:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 2 pm
1956, dir. Stanley Kubrick. A well-planned and daring race-track robbery goes awry, demonstrating a familiar Kubrick theme of the fallibility of man and his plans. Ex-convict Johnny Clay, a small-time criminal, plots the heist with the assistance of a corrupt cop, the track bartender, the betting window teller, a chess-playing wrestler, and a sharpshooter. The plot develops as fragmented pieces of a puzzle, flashing back to the origins of each gang member's role in the robbery.Nightly at 9:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 4 pm
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