The Chestnut Hill Film Group

Margaret Brunton, David & Judith Buten, Rosemary Collins, Marianne & Paul Dodge, John & Carolyn Friedman, Jace Gaffney
Natalie & Ralph Hirshorn, Judith Mallery, Andrew Repasky McElhinney & Nicole Cook, Steven Rea, Martha Repman, Carrie Rickey
Jay Schwartz & Silvia Hortelano Peláez, Harold & Emmy Starr, Ella Torrey, George & Diana Woodward

presents the 44th season of

Sponsored by The Chestnut Hill Local

at our new home
9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118, 215-247-0476

FREE screenings Tuesday Nights at 7.30 P.M. – Doors open 6.30 P.M.


FALL 2016
SEPT 27 – THE GRADUATE (1967 / 105 minutes)
50th Anniversary presentation of director Mike Nichols’ generation-defining comedy featuring Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock caught between Anne Bancroft’s older woman Mrs. Robinson and Katharine Ross’ Elaine. Indelible songs by Simon and Garfunkel.
OCT 4 – TOPSY TURVEY (1999 / 160 minutes)
Writer/director Mike Leigh’s rich and rewarding Gilbert and Sullivan behind-the-scenes bio-pic chronicles the creation of The Mikado in 1884. Victorian London is recreated with splendid costumes and detailed art direction while Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner and Timothy Spall inhabit historical figures with remarkable humanity.
OCT 11 – THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947 / 87 minutes)
From its romantic opening in Central Park to its fantastic shoot-out in the hall of mirrors climax, director/star Orson Welles’ weird and wonderful film noir, co-starring Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane, grips the viewer in a sticky web of crime and double crosses.
OCT 18 – MANON OF THE SPRING (1986 / 113 minutes)
18-year-old Manon (Emmanuelle Béart) seeks revenge for her father’s death in this smoldering, epic Gallic family drama of love, secrets and obsession. Lush and epic visuals from director Claude Berri and cinematographer Bruno Nuytten. Co-stars Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil.
In French with English subtitles.
OCT 25 – NO SCREENING THIS WEEK (Woodmere Art Museum closed for construction October 24-28)
NOV 1 – SCHALCKEN THE PAINTER (1979 / 70 minutes)
Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1839 ghost story, director Leslie Megahey’s Gothic film pulls the audience into the shadowy fantasy world of real-life painters Gerrit Dou and Godefridus Schalcken. Paintings by Schalcken, Rembrandt, Vermeer and others offer visual inspiration and set the stage for tantalizing mystery, impossible love, strange attraction, and spectral art.
Introduced by Nicole Cook, PhD, of The Leiden Collection, New York.
NOV 8 – THE GOOD FAIRY (1935 / 98 minutes)
Screenwriter Preston Sturges brings a whimsical romantic farce by Ferenc Molnár to the screen by adding self-reflexive comedy about the then-new apparatus of cinema. Margaret Sullavan, Herbert Marshall, Frank Morgan and Reginald Owen star as the four points of an embroiled romantic whirligig. Directed by the great William Wyler.
NOV 15 – FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933 / 102 minutes)
James Cagney stars, in his first non-gangster role, as a down-on-his-luck director who doesn’t realize that his secretary, Joan Blondell, is madly in love with him. But the true star of this scandalous pre-Code musical are the elaborately choreographed sequences staged by the incomparable Busby Berkeley. Musical numbers include Harry Warren and Al Dubin’s ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ & ‘Shanghai Lil’ and Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal’s ‘By a Waterfall’. Co-stars the great Ruby Keeler and dashing Dick Powell.
NOV 22 – DEADLINE, U.S.A. (1952 / 87 minutes)
Humphrey Bogart is the crusading managing editor of a large but crumbling metropolitan newspaper owned by the formidable Ethel Barrymore. Bogart chases scoops in the name of boosting circulation, and so stumbles upon the mysterious murder of a young woman with numerous underworld connections. Kim Hunter plays Bogart’s ex-wife.
NOV 29 – THE HIRELING (1973 / 95 minutes)
Right after the First World War, a recently widowed socialite regains her sanity as her temporary chauffer descends into suicidal rage. Tour de force performances radiate from Robert Shaw and Sarah Miles in this scathing allegory of British society. Ripped from the galvanizing novel by L.P. Hartley.
DEC 6 – WINGS (1927 / 111 minutes)
The winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture, stars “IT GIRL” Clara Bow as a volunteer ambulance driver in love with flyboy Buddy Rogers. A spectacular tribute to the American flyers of World War I, featuring hundreds of extras and over 300 pilots. Born of director William Wellman and John Monk Saunders’ own experiences with the Lafayette Flying Corps during ‘The Great War’.
Silent with musical accompaniment.
DEC 13 – HOLIDAY (1938 / 95 minutes)
The forces of tradition and freedom clash in the moments before the great stock market crash of 1929. Cary Grant plays a self-made man caught between sisters Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan in director George Cukor’s cherished film of Philip Barry’s dramatic and comic masterpiece.
FEB 7 – LOVE ME TONIGHT (1932 / 104 minutes)
Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart provide the superb score for director Rouben Mamoulian’s pre-code musical fantasy starring Maurice Chevalier as a tailor and Jeanette MacDonald as the princess who is the object of his ardor. Co-stars Myrna Loy and C. Aubrey Smith. Risqué and technically accomplished.
FEB 14 – MIDNIGHT (1939 / 94 minutes)
Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder provide the script for Mitchell Leisen’s enchanting, romantic screwball comedy. Broke American showgirl Claudette Colbert arrives in Paris and finds herself torn between a Russian count posing as poor taxi driver Don Ameche and wealthy, decadent socialite John Barrymore.
FEB 21 – 7 BOXES (2012 / 110 minutes)
The Fast And The Furious with wheelbarrows. All Victor, a 17-year-old delivery boy in sweltering Asuncion, Paraguay has to do for $100 US dollars is deliver seven boxes of unknown content. A dark and comedic thriller as multiple pursuers make the task all but impossible.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
FEB 28 – PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE (1944 / 109 minutes)
Warner Brothers follow up to Casablanca features most of the same talent before and behind the camera. Unfolding in a complex flashback-within-flashback structure, Michael Curtiz directs Humphrey Bogart as a freedom-loving French journalist who sacrifices his happiness and security to battle Nazi tyranny. With Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet. Music by Max Steiner and great black and white cinematography by James Wong Howe.
MAR 7 – REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (1967 / 108 minutes)
The events leading up to a bizarre crime of passion on a domestic army base are examined in one of director John Huston’s best and most unusual movies. This challenging adaptation of Carson McCullers’s novel of repression and hysteria features career best performances from Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Brian Keith and Robert Forster. Unforgettable.
MAR 14 – 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.
MAR 21 – THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974 / 110 minutes)
Steven Spielberg’s theatrical feature film directorial debut is a road movie loaded with action and suspense, starring Goldie Hawn and William Atherton as lovers on the run who kidnap highway patrolman Michael Sacks and are pursued by lawman Ben Johnson. Music by John Williams and cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.
MAR 28 – RAISING ARIZONA (1987 / 94 minutes)
The Cohen Brothers second feature film is a dark screwball comedy that takes its cues from manic Tex Avery cartoons and 1940s “B” movies and dime novels. Career criminal Nicolas Cage tries to go straight for the love of police officer Holly Hunter, but the barren duo wind up kidnapping a child and fleeing though a surreal and seedy west.
APR 4 – MONKEY BUSINESS (1931 / 77 minutes)
The anarchic third feature film starring the Marx Brothers is a pre-code masterpiece that was the quartet’s first movie written directly for the screen. Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo are stowaways on an ocean liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean embroiled with gangsters, romancing Thelma Todd, and each ludicrously pretending to be Maurice Chevalier when discovered.
APR 11 – THE KID BROTHER (1927 / 84 minutes)
Harold Lloyd plays a small-town underdog living in the shadow of his more successful older brothers—but when some money is stolen from the town council, it’s up to Harold to find the crooks and save the day. Lloyd combines comedy, action, and a heartwarming story in this delightful entertainment.
Silent with live musical accompaniment. Projected by The Secret Cinema, using an archival 16mm print (…with surprise short subjects preceding the feature).
APR 18 – THE KILLING (1956 / 85 minutes)
The prodigious gifts of young filmmaker Stanley Kubrick are artfully displayed in this, his third feature film, a tight, tense and suspenseful film noir about a “perfectly” planned racetrack robbery. Outstanding high-key black & white photography by Lucien Ballard illuminates a surreal rogues’ gallery of iconic “B” actors including Sterling Hayden, Marie Windsor, Timothy Carey and Elisha Cook Jr.
Our 2016-2017 season finale.