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Classic Film: The Count of Monte Cristo (adventure, 1934, 114 minutes)
March 03, 2015
7:00 p.m.
The best of the numerous adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' larger-than-life tale, 1934's "The Count of Monte Cristo" faithfully retells the story of the betrayed and wrongfully imprisoned Edmond Dantes. "Count" provides ample reasons why Dumas and his timeless themes of faith, love and vengeance continue to spawn popular adaptations, such as 1998's "Man in the Iron Mask." Directors Rowland V. Lee and Wilfred Lucas do an excellent job of visualizing Dumas' imaginative settings; no expenses were spared on the lavish sets. In the title role, Robert Donat heads up a perfect cast; the role made the Englishman a Hollywood star, and he was offered several other high-profile, swashbuckling roles before his debilitating asthma forced him back home.—All Movie
Classic Film: Swing Time (Romantic comedy, 1936, 103 minutes)
March 10, 2015
7:00 pm
The sixth of RKO's Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers pairings of the 1930s, Swing Time starts off with bandleader Astaire getting cold feet on his wedding day. Astaire's bride-to-be Betty Furness will give him a second chance, providing he proves himself responsible enough to earn $25,000. Astaire naturally tries to avoid earning that amount once he falls in love with dance instructor Ginger Rogers. Numerous complications ensue, leading to the "second time's the charm" climax, with Ginger escaping her own wedding to wealthy Georges Metaxa in order to be reunited with Astaire.—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
Classic Film: The Letter (Drama, 1940, 96 minutes)
March 17, 2015 The Letter, based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel, is a dark and poisonous melodrama starring Bette Davis in one of her nastiest roles. The story begins in the shimmering moonlight on a tropical Malayan rubber plantation. Shots ring out and a wounded man staggers from a bungalow as Leslie Crosbie coldly follows him, pumping the remaining bullets into his body. She later tells her husband Robert that she shot Geoffrey, a mutual friend, because he was drunk and tried to take advantage of her. Robert, who owns the plantation, believes her story and hires a high-powered to defend her.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Roaring Twenties (Crime Drama, 1939, 106 minutes)
March 24, 2015
7:00 pm
The Roaring Twenties opens during World War I as doughboys Eddie Bartlett, Lloyd Hart, and George Hally discuss what they will do when the war is over. Bartlett wants to go back to repairing cabs, and Hart yearns to be a lawyer, but it becomes clear that Hally has less reputable plans in mind. Come the war’s end, things are not as easy for these veterans as they should be. Eddie is unable to get his old job back and ends up driving a cab for little money. One night he is asked to deliver a package (which turns out to be whiskey) to an address that turns out to be a speakeasy. This sets the wheels in motion for the rest of the film, which is known for one of the most famous death scenes in movie history.—All Movie
Classic Film: Hobson's Choice (Comedy, 1954, 107 minutes)
March 31, 2015
7:00 pm
Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker's shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to run the lives of his three unruly daughters. When he decrees 'no marriages' to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will, Hobson's star bootmaker. Hobson's Choice is one of director David Lean's best comedies, featuring a fine performance by Charles Laughton as the domineering boot-shop owner whose drunken behavior causes his family to rebel.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Sea Hawk (Adventure, 1940, 128 minutes)
April 07, 2015
7:00 pm
Director Michael Curtiz and actor Errol Flynn, who had previously teamed up in Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood, join forces once again in this full-rigged adventure, one of the best of the swashbuckler genre. The Sea Hawk follows the exploits of privateer Sir Geoffrey Thorpe, aka the Sea Hawk. In the 1580s, the Sea Hawks -- the name given to the bold privateers who prowl the oceans taking ships and treasure on behalf the British crown -- are the most dedicated defenders of British interests in the face of the expanding power of Philip of Spain. And Captain Geoffrey Thorpe is the boldest of the Sea Hawks, responsible for capturing and destroying more than 50 Spanish ships and ten Spanish cities. His capture of a Spanish galleon, however, leads to more than he bargained for…..—All Movie
Documentary: Advanced Style (2014, 73 minutes)
April 13, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
A portrait of stylish New York City women over 60 whose maturity and wisdom give them an elegance and allure that flies directly in the face of the contemporary obsession with youthful beauty.—All Movie
Classic Film: Touch of Evil (Noir, 1958, 108 minutes)
April 14, 2015
7:00 pm
On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan (Janet Leigh), Mexican-born policeman Mike Vargas(Charlton Heston) agrees to investigate a bomb explosion. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of the local police chief, a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record. A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town, Touch of Evil is the work of a great artist telling a good yarn.
Foreign Film: The Valet (France, 2006, 85 minutes)
April 20, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
French farce master Francis Veber ("The Dinner Game") combines slapstick laughs with rapid-fire dialogue as he tells the tale of a Parisian valet unwittingly drawn into the affairs of a wealthy industrialist.—All Movie
Classic Film: Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Western,1948, 126 minutes)
April 21, 2015
7:00 pm
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a classic tale of the elusive search for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains by a trio of ill-matched prospectors that meet in Tampico, Mexico. After the group strikes it rich, warnings from a crazy but sage old prospector (Walter Huston) about the ways that gold makes a person suspicious and avaricious fall on the deaf ears of a mean, wary and sneering Dobbs (Hunphrey Bogart).—All Movie
Classic Film: That Uncertain Feeling (Comedy, 1941, 86 minutes)
April 28, 2015
7:00 pm
Six year into her marriage to preoccupied insurance salesman Larry Baker, Jill Baker develops a case of hiccups. A popular and phlegmatic Freudian psychologist Vengard suggests that Jill's affliction is caused by marital problems, whereupon she decides to enter into a new relationship with Vengard's star patient, hilariously neurotic concert pianist Sebastian (Burgess Meredith). That Uncertain Feeling is a delight!—All Movie
Foreign Film: Like Father, Like Son (Japan, 2013, 122 minutes)
May 11, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
The recipient of the Jury Prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, Hirokazu Koreeda's heartfelt drama tells the tale of Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama), a success-driven father who learns that the son he has raised for six years is not his own due to a clerical error at the hospital where the child was born. Faced with the decision of raising his biological son or the one he has fathered since birth, Ryota begins questioning everything he has ever known about being a father.—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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