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August 3 -- 9

COLLECTOR'S SHOWCASE

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DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

August 10-16:

DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden, screenplay by Terry Southern. Produced in an era overshadowed by The Bomb, Kubrick's Cold War satire showed weapons at the mercy of men like the loony Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Hayden). Commanding a wing of the Strategic Air Command, Ripper orders the B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Sellers) learns with horror from his strategic adviser Dr. Strangelove (Sellers in his third role) that the Russians have a Doomsday Machine, set to launch a counterattack if the Soviet Union is bombed. The black comedy of errors is illuminated starkly with black and white photography. 102 mins


Nightly at 7:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 2 pm



LOLITA

LOLITA


"Lolita" (1962) is Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial and darkly humorous 1953 novel of a middle-aged man's sexual passion/obsession for a pubescent nymphet. The film's production in England was marked by a long casting search for the proper 'Lolita'(Kubrick finally decided upon blue-eyed blonde Sue Lyon, a fourteen-year-old television actress), the appointment of Nabokov to write the screenplay, and the threat of the censorship and denial of a Seal of Approval from the film industry's production code. Stars James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Peter Sellers. 152 mins

Nightly at 9:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 4 pm



August 17-23:

TAXI DRIVER

TAXI DRIVER

1976, dir. Martin Scorsese, screenplay Paul Schrader. "Taxi Driver" was a turning point in the careers of its principal creators. The story is about Vietnam veteran and loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), an insomnious cabdriver in New York. He meets icy uptown dreamgirl Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), who works for a presidential candidate, and Iris (Jodie Foster), a 12-year-old prostitute enslaved by her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel). When things don't work out with Betsy, Travis takes a course of action that nobody will forget. See Travis's now-classic solo routine in front of the mirror, "You talkin' to me?" Music by Bernard Herrmann ("Vertigo", "Psycho", and "Citizen Kane"). 113 mins


Nightly at 7:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 2 pm



CHINATOWN

CHINATOWN

1974, dir. Roman Polanski. A dark, brooding homage to film noir which received 11 Oscar nominations, winning one for Robert Towne's screenplay based on a true story. Blackmail, incest, and political corruption all figure in the story of down-and-out detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) working in Los Angeles in 1937. Noah Cross (John Huston) is a wealthy entrepreneur who schemes to divert water from the Los Angeles supplies to raise the value of farm land on the outskirts of the city. While Gittes is determined to find who killed the water commissioner, the police quickly declare it a clean-cut suicide. With Faye Dunaway. 131 mins


Nightly at 9:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 4 pm





August 24-30:

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

1998, dir. Terry Gilliam, stars Johnny Depp, Benecio Del Toro, Christina Ricci, Ellen Barkin, Tobey Maguire, Gary Busey, and Cameron Diaz, based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson. Under the guise of Raoul Duke, the author heads to Las Vegas with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, and a narcotically well-endowed black suitcase. Duke's writing assignment of covering the Las Vegas 1971 Mint 400 motorcycle race quickly becomes less important than his quest to find the American Dream. Duke and Dr. Gonzo sniff, snort, smoke and chug down drugs while maintaining their paranoid wit and intelligence amidst the encroaching neon splashiness of Las Vegas. 128 mins


Nightly at 7:30 and 9:45, Sat & Sun Matinee 3 pm



August 31 - September 6:

TASTE OF CHERRY

TASTE OF CHERRY


1997, Iran, in Farsi w/English subtitles. Written, Directed and Edited by Abbas Kiarostami, starring Homayoun Ershadi as Mr. Badii. A sublime and deceptively simple parable about life's possibilities. Abbas Kiarostami's Palme d'Or winning "Taste of Cherry" follows Mr. Badii, a weary and increasingly desperate middle-aged man who has decided to end his life. Driving through the hilly outskirts of Tehran, in search of someone who will bury him if he succeeds or rescue him if he fails, he meets an assortment of characters: Afghans, Kurds, Turks, prisoners of the desert, a soldier, a seminary student, and a museum employee, each with their own reason to turn down the job. 95 mins



Nightly at 7:30 and 9:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 3 pm





September 7-13:

THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO

THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO

1998, written and directed by Whit Stillman. Stars Chloe Sevigny, Kate Bekinsale, Chris Eigeman, and Mackenzie Astin. Like Stillman’s other nightlife comedies ("Metropolitan" and "Barcelona"), a debate between the virtues of group social life vs. "ferocious pairing off." The setting is the early 1980s in Manhattan at a packed disco (inspired by Studio 54), where a group of young, good-looking, upwardly mobile Ivy League graduates, alert to the markers of social status, dance the night away. Among them are two friends: shallow, vain and domineering Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale) who dispenses advice to shy Alice (Chloe Sevigny). They live pointless lives, work at unfulfilling jobs, and few of the romantic pairings amount to anything. This is Stillman's cynical, satirical message. The "Stillman dialogue" is characterized by artistry and rhythm, making apparently-banal conversations come alive. 113 mins

Nightly at 7:30 and 9:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 3 pm




September 14-20:

FIRE

FIRE

1996, written and directed by Canadian-Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, with English dialogue, filmed in India. Starring Kushal Rekhi, Sabana Azmi, and Nandita Das. A lush, beautiful film that simultaneously captures the splendor of the Taj Mahal and the poverty of the streets. Two sisters-in-law living in a modern New Delhi middle-class home experience emotional and sexual neglect in their arranged marriages. Sita's husband prefers the company of his vivacious, Westernized girlfriend from China, and since Radha is unable to conceive a child, her husband becomes devoted to a religious swami who teaches marital celibacy. The two wives turn to each other for companionship and sexual comfort. Their defiance uproots the family structure and threatens the religious beliefs that govern their lives. The controversial film inspired death threats in India towards Mehta; Hindi language does not even have a term to describe what the two women are doing. 104 mins


Nightly at 7:30 and 9:30, Sat & Sun Matinee 3 pm



September 21-27:

OUT OF SIGHT

OUT OF SIGHT

1998, dir. Steven Soderbergh, based on the Elmore Leonard novel. Indie pioneer Soderbergh ("Sex, Lies, and Videotape") has created a sleek, buoyant, supremely assured comedy-thriller-romance about a sexy cop who falls for a sexy crook. Jack Foley (George Clooney) is a twinkling-eyed habitual criminal who virtually talks bank tellers out of their money. In the course of a jailbreak, he meets and falls into unlikely love with a U.S. marshal named Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). By the time she gets the chance to apprehend him, she isn't so sure she wants to. That delicious indecision is gloriously sustained as the twosome's paths part and recross several times. The outrageously twisted dialogue, characters and situations demonstrate that life is rarely a neat three-act package. Like all Leonard stories, the plot is character-driven, with excellent supporting performances. 122 mins


Nightly at 7:30 and 9:45, Sat & Sun Matinee 3 pm


DOUBLE FEATURES
Pay one admission and stay for both films
Regular.....$5.00
Students & Seniors (Mon-Thurs)....$4.00
Matinees....$3.50
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