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Classic Film: M*A*S*H* (1970, 115 min)
July 07, 2015
7:00 pm
M*A*S*H details the exploits of military doctors and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War. Between exceptionally gory hospital shifts and countless rounds of martinis, wisecracking surgeons Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John McIntyre (Elliott Gould) make it their business to undercut the smug, moralistic pretensions of Bible-thumper Maj. Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) and Army true-believer Maj. "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Sally Kellerman). Abetted by others, Hawkeye and Trapper John drive Burns and Houlihan crazy. MASH creates a casual, chaotic atmosphere emphasizing the constant noise and activity of a surgical unit near battle lines.—All Movie
Classic Film: Manhattan (1979, 96 min)
July 14, 2015
7:00 pm
Forty-two year old Isaac Davis, played by Woody Allen, has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channeled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. Isaac Davis is a TV comedy writer sick of the pap he is forced to churn out and harboring dreams of being the great American novelist. His love life is in barbed-wire territory: he is tormented by his second ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep), who has written a tell-all book about their marriage, and he is dating teenager Tracy (Mariel Hemingway). and keeps hinting that a breakup may be imminent. Finally Isaac makes a last minute, sink-or-swim decision to quit his job and devote all of his time to book writing, and neurotically moans about what the lack of a full time job will do to him. Manhattan is both a seriocomic dissection of perpetually dissatisfied New Yorkers and an ode to the city itself, set to a score of rhapsodic George Gershwin music.—All Movie
Foreign Film: Fanny (France, 2013, 102 minutes)
July 20, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Popular French actor and director Daniel Auteuil has undertaken to remake Marcel Pagnol’s classic Marseille film trilogy, which consisted of “Marius” (1931), “Fanny” (1932), and “César” (1936). Auteuil’s versions of “Marius” and “Fanny” were both released in 2013; the release of “César” is expected sometime later this year. “Marius” is set in Marseille in the early 1900s. In “Marius,” a young man, Marius, who works in his father’s harbor-side bar, dreams of a life at sea; but when Fanny, the woman he loves, begins courting a kindly, well-off, older man named Panisse in order to make him jealous, Marius is torn between true love and his longtime passion for the sailor’s life. After much soul searching, Marius decides to go to sea, not knowing that Fanny is pregnant by him. In “Fanny,” Fanny must decide whether to wait for Marius’s hoped for return or accept the marriage proposal of Panisse, her elderly suitor. The final film in the trilogy, “César” concerns itself with Marius’ father, César. “César” will be included in the Friends foreign film series if and when it becomes available.
Classic Film: Gilda (1946, 100 min)
July 21, 2015
7:00 pm
When wealthy Ballin Mundson (George Macready) rescues down at his heels gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) and invites him to the Buenos Aires casino he owns, both men get more than they wagered on. Farrell convinces Mundson to hire him as casino manager, but is shocked when Mundson introduces his new bride, and Farrell's old flame, Gilda (Rita Hayworth).Though Farrell is unwavering in his loyalty to his employer, and he and Gilda treat each other with contempt, Mundson realizes that the torch never died for either of the former lovers. Once Mundson’s primary business is revealed, the situation spins out of control. –All Movie
Classic Film: Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 99 min)
July 28, 2015
7:00 pm
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron (Jessica Tandy) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke (Morgan Freeman). Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke's "people" are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they've been friends and kindred spirits all along.—All Movie
Documentary: Casting By (2012, 89 minutes)
August 03, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
A tribute to legendary casting director Marion Dougherty (1923-2011), who had an exceptional eye for talent and supplied big breaks for actors such as James Dean, Robert Duvall, Robert Redford, and Glenn Close. The film also explores how Dougherty helped change the way Hollywood cast movies as it moved away from the old studio system in the 1960s and '70s.—All Movie
Foreign Film: Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spain, 2013, 108 minutes)
August 17, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
It is 1966 in Albacete, Spain. English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio decides to go on a road trip to Almería in the hope of meeting John Lennon, who is shooting a film there. On the way he picks up two hitch-hikers, Juanjo and Belén. This unlikely trio form a bond and decide to follow their dreams in hopes of finding their freedom.—Rotten Tomatoes.

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Above Films will be shown in the Audio-Visual Room at the Cranford Community Center (220 Walnut Avenue). Free admission. All are welcome. Wheel-chair accessible. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

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