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Classic Film: Citizen Kane (1941, 119 min)
January 27, 2015
THE CRANFORD COMMUNITY CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON JANUARY 27 DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER. "CITIZEN KANE" WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO A DATE LATER IN THE YEAR. Orson Welles’ first feature film proved to be his most important and influential work, a ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst which is frequently cited as the finest American film ever made. Aging newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies in his sprawling Florida estate after uttering a single, enigmatic final word -- "Rosebud" -- and reporter Jerry Thompson is sent out with the assignment of uncovering the meaning behind the great man's dying thought. As Thompson interviews Kane's friends, family, and associates, we learn the facts of Kane's eventful and ultimately tragic life. Citizen Kane is a film full of distinguished debuts -- along with Welles, it was the first feature for Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, and Ruth Warrick.—All Movie
Documentary: Hands on a Hard Body (1997, 95 minutes)
February 02, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
This humorous documentary captures contestants in a 1995 competition held annually in a Longview, Texas, car dealership parking lot. A brand new Nissan pickup truck is the prize won by the person who can keep a gloved hand held against the truck for the longest period of time (with a 15-minute break every six hours and a five-minute break every hour). Six contestants drop out during the first 24 hours, with only two contestants still standing by the 70th hour.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Gold Rush (1925, 85 min)
February 03, 2015
7:00 pm
Called "The Lone Prospector" in The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin is a most unlikely participant in the 1898 Yukon gold rush. Charlie finds himself sharing a remote cabin with two much larger and more menacing-looking prospectors: Big Jim McKay and Black Larsen. Big Jim isn't really a bad sort, but Larsen is a murderer and thief. When the food supply runs out, Larsen heads out in the snowy wastes to hunt, leaving Charlie to prepare a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for Big Jim, consisting of roasted shoe. The days pass: in a delirium, Big Jim imagines that Charlie is a huge chicken, and voraciously takes after him with an axe; Charlie saves himself by inadvertently shooting a bear, thereby providing enough food for ten men. When the winds subside, Charlie and Big Jim part company. Heading off to seek his fortune, Charlie falls in love, from afar, with self-reliant saloon girl Georgia, who doesn't know that he exists, with much misadventures to follow. The film he said he wanted to be remembered by, Chaplin's masterwork seamlessly combines humor and tragedy as his refined and compassionate little tramp struggles to strike gold.—All Movie
Foreign Film: Ida (Poland, 2013, 80 minutes)
February 09, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
In this drama set in 1960s Poland, an orphaned teenager planning to become a nun visits her aunt. When she learns that her birth parents were Jews who were killed during the Holocaust, she sets off on a journey of self-discovery.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Asphalt Jungle (1950, 112 min)
February 10, 2015
7:00 pm
The Asphalt Jungle is a brilliantly conceived and executed anatomy of a crime -- or, as director John Huston and scripter Ben Maddow put it, "a left-handed form of human endeavor." Recently paroled master criminal Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from a crooked attorney, gathers several crooks together in Cincinnati for a Big Caper. After a while, the meticulously planned crime falls apart with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. The Asphalt Jungle was one of the first caper films to show a crime and its consequences from the criminals' point of view. The Asphalt Jungle was based on a novel by the prolific W.R. Burnett.—All Movie
Classic Film: Grand Hotel (1932, 112 min)
February 17, 2015
7:00 pm
Based on Vicki Baum's novel and produced by Irving Thalberg, this film is about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where "nothing ever happens." That statement proves to be false, however, as the story follows an intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day. Greta Garbo is Grusinskaya, a ballerina whose jewels are coveted by Baron von Geigern (John Barrymore), a thief who fancies Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing (Wallace Beery), businessman boss of Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), a terminally ill bookkeeper who is under the care of alcoholic physician Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone). Grand Hotel won Best Picture at the 1932 Academy Awards.–All Movie
Classic Film: The Big Trail (1930, 110 min)
February 24, 2015
7:00 pm
The first major sound Western, The Big Trail is also one of the greatest of the early talkies. The Big Trail is motivated by a hero's search for the murderer of his father. John Wayne, hitherto limited to bit parts, was thrust into the difficult leading role, a young mountaineer put in charge of a huge California-bound wagon train. Over the next several months, Wayne and his fellow pioneers face every imaginable hazard and disaster, from blistering desert heat to blinding snowstorms, negotiating steep cliffs, treacherous rivers, uncharted forests and other such natural obstacles. Meanwhile, Wayne's tentative romance with heroine Ruth Cameron is continually thwarted by a charming but duplicitous gambler, while all-around villain Red Flack and his henchman Lopez ceaselessly plot to double-cross the other wagon-trainers for their own financial gain.—All Movie
Foreign Film: Le Chef (France, 2012, 84 minutes)
March 16, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
In this French comedy, a famous chef finds his position at a renowned restaurant threatened by a young hotshot who specializes in chemically enhanced cuisine, and partners with a self-taught gourmet to save his failing career.—All Movie

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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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