The Chestnut Hill Film Group

David & Judith Buten, Marianne & Paul Dodge, John & Carolyn Friedman, Jace Gaffney, Andrew Gilmore,
Natalie & Ralph Hirshorn, Judith Mallery, Andrew Repasky McElhinney & Nicole Cook, Steven Rea, Martha Repman,
Carrie Rickey, Jay Schwartz & Silvia Hortelano Peláez, George & Diana Woodward

presents the 45th season of

Sponsored by The Chestnut Hill Local

9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118, 215-247-0476

FREE screenings Tuesday Nights at 7.30 P.M. – Doors open 7 P.M.


OCTOBER 3 – CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (1965 / 119 minutes)
Orson Welles’ bittersweet amalgam of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 & 2, Richard II, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor practically constitutes a new text in the Shakespeare canon. Welles’ rotund Falstaff drives the action and is surrounded by the likes of Jeanne Moreau’s Doll Tearsheet, Margaret Rutherford’s Mistress Quickly, John Gielgud’s Henry IV and Keith Baxter’s Prince Hal.
OCTOBER 10 – TWILIGHT (1998 / 94 minutes) – ***NOT THE VAMPIRE MOVIE***
Excellent Hollywood-set mystery and one of the best American movies of the 1990s. Susan Sarandon is a fading movie star sex symbol, Reese Witherspoon is her wild child daughter, and Gene Hackman is her dying husband. Paul Newman gives one of his final performances as an aging private detective caught up in the glamourous intrigue in Robert Benton’s tight and intriguing neo-noir mystery. Superlative cast also includes Stockard Channing and James Garner.
(1968 / 87 minutes)
Blaxploitation meets the French New Wave in Melvin Van Peebles’ legendary political allegory—one of the most remarkable, lost films of the 1960s. In this seminal work, an African-American GI stationed in France confronts the dangers of cavorting with a white woman while on a short leave.
Projected by The Secret Cinema, using an archival 16mm print (…with surprise short subjects preceding the feature).
OCTOBER 24 – GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (1933 / 96 minutes)
Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell and Ginger Rogers star in this saucy pre-Code backstage musical with songs by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics) and dazzling staging and choreography by the legendary Busby Berkeley. Set pieces include: “We’re In the Money,” “Pettin’ in the Park,” “The Shadow Waltz” and “Remember My Forgotten Man.”
OCTOBER 31 – ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944 / 118 minutes)
Cary Grant stars in director Frank Capra’s movie of Joseph Kesselring’s macabre farce about an eccentric family where the Aunts murder old men for “charity” with elderberry wine. Uncle thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and brother is a sadistic career criminal who looks like Boris Karloff.
NOVEMBER 7 – TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT [aka, Happy Ever After] (1954 / 88 minutes)
An unscrupulous cad (David Niven) inherits an Irish estate, pursues Yvonne De Carlo and wears out his welcome with the locals in this charming country comedy—a huge hit upon its first release, but a movie that has been woefully forgotten …until now!
Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) was the leading Dutch engraver of the early Baroque period. Writer/director/provocateur Peter Greenaway dramatizes Goltzius’ transition from engraver to painter in this lush and layered fantasy about Goltzius staging a series of erotic Biblical tableaus for a rich and corrupt nobleman (F. Murray Abraham).
Screening introduced by art historian Nicole Elizabeth Cook, PhD, of The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
NOVEMBER 21 – MAFIOSO (1962 / 105 minutes)
Familiar tropes of Italian neo-realist cinema—the working-class protagonist, the beautiful wife, the Mafia Don—are skillfully handled in director Alberto Lattuada’s comic story of a man who takes his family on a vacation back to his home town in Sicily only to become embroiled with the local mafia.
In Italian with English subtitles.
NOVEMBER 28 – THE LATE GEORGE APLEY (1947 / 93 minutes)
Ronald Colman plays a stuffy, self-satisfied member of Boston’s upper class. He’s horrified to discover that his children have fallen in love with, gasp!, non-Bostonians. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and based on the novel by J. P. Marquand.
DECEMBER 5 – THE SILENT PARTNER (1978 / 106 minutes)
Suspenseful, twisting and thrilling Canadian neo-noir with meek bank teller Elliot Gould playing mind games with unstable violent criminal Christopher Plummer. Co-written by Curtis Hanson and especially recommended for fans of his 1997 movie L.A. Confidential.
Our Fall 2017 finale.
FEBRUARY 13 – KISS ME KATE (1953 / 109 minutes)
Art imitates life as a bickering couple plays the leads in Cole Porter’s fantastic, witty and visually arresting musical of Shakespeare’s problematic Taming of the Shew . Starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller and, in a supporting role, Bob Fosse.
FEBRUARY 20 – THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974 / 102 minutes)
Witnesses to the assassination of a political candidate are mysteriously dying one by one. Reporter Warren Beatty investigates and is dangerously caught up in a maelstrom of conspiracies and evil corporations. Alan J. Pakula’s paranoid political thriller is a key American movie of the 1970s and one that disturbingly resonates with today’s political theater.
FEBRUARY 27 – SMILE (1975 / 117 minutes)
Michael Ritchie’s sharp, ironic comedy hits a broad target—the ludicrous world of teen beauty pageants—but he does it with a good-humored satire that doesn’t demean the victims. The laughter comes from the many clever vignettes that fit together seamlessly in the excellent screenplay. Featuring Melanie Griffith, Barbara Feldon and, in a memorable turn, Bruce Dern as head pageant judge, “Big Bob.”
MARCH 6 – DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995 / 102 minutes)
1948 Los Angeles is vividly re-created as Denzel Washington brings Walter Mosley’s beloved sleuth “Easy” Rawlins to life with smoldering charisma in director Carl Franklin’s 1990s neo-noir. Co-starring Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle and Maury Chaykin.
YOUTH RUNS WILD (1944 / 67 minutes)
Fresh from his landmark cycle of psychological horror movies at RKO, producer Val Lewton helped invent the modern juvenile delinquent movie with this sensational yarn of misbehaving adolescents lead by Bonita Granville and directed by Mark Robson.
MADAME SPY (1942 / 63 minutes)
A secret agent (Constance Bennett) goes undercover to infiltrate a clandestine ring of Nazi spies in director Roy William Neill’s tight WW2-era thriller.
Projected by The Secret Cinema, using archival 16mm prints (…with surprise short subjects preceding the feature).
MARCH 20 – PATTERNS (1956 / 83 minutes)
Conflicted Van Heflin locks horns with corrupt Everett Sloane as conscience and ambition war in Rod Serling’s 1950s New York City boardroom melodrama, sucessfuly adapted from his TV play. Superb, stark black and white photography by Boris Kauffman establishes the frightening atmosphere.
MARCH 27 – THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG [Les Parapluies de Cherbourg] (1964 / 95 minutes)
Director Jacques Demy’s swooningly romantic, heart-breaking sung-through musical by Michel Legrand about the love affair between 17-year old Catherine Deneuve and auto mechanic Nino Casteinuovo. Lush, candy-colored (and much emulated) cinematography by Jean Rabier.
In French with English subtitles.
APRIL 3 – THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (1980 / 114 minutes)
Gritty British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins as an underworld kingpin wooing American mobsters while fending off threats from the Irish Republican Army. Co-starring a young, glamorous Helen Mirren.
APRIL 10- THE PASSIONATE THIEF (aka, Risate di Gioia] (1960 / 106 minutes)
Italy’s electric post-WWII boom and “economic miracle” is captured on screen as actress Anna Magnani, Comedian Totò and pickpocket Ben Gazzara paint Rome red one madcap New Year’s Eve.
In Italian with English subtitles.
APRIL 17 – WICHITA (1955 / 81 minutes)
Golden Globe winner Wichita is an intriguing romantic Western that pits an initially reluctant Wyatt Earp against a lawless town. Masterfully directed by Jacques Turner (I Walked with a Zombie, Cat People, Out of the Past), the film features the appealing Joel McCrea as Earp and Vera Miles as his love interest.
APRIL 24 – INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933 / 70 minutes)
A prototype for an invention not unlike television wreaks havoc at a Chinese hotel. WC Fields stars along with Bela Lugosi, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Cab Calloway (singing “Reefer Man”) in this spunky, somewhat risqué pre-code comedy.
MAY 1 – LE SAMOURAÏ (1967 / 105 minutes)
Feral Alain Delon is an enigmatic and taciturn hit man who lives by his own austere code of ethics. He becomes dangerously enmeshed with an exotic nightclub singer in director Jean-Pierre Melville’s stylish psychological crime thriller soaked in rain, trench coats and fedoras. This hugely influential color neo-noir deconstructs the imagery of hardboiled Hollywood into a poetic and lucid dream often imitated but never duplicated.
In French with English subtitles.
Our 2017-2018 season finale