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 43rd 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.




February 16 – PURPLE RAIN (1984 / 111 minutes)
Alternating between fabulous concert footage and gritty domestic drama, Prince’s movie debut is an Elvis picture for the MTV generation and a fascinating Eighties time capsule. Screening introduced by Philadelphia Inquirer movie critic, Steven Rea.
February 23 – THE RED CIRCLE (LE CERCLE ROUGE) (1970 / 140 minutes)
Director Jean-Pierre Melville’s penultimate movie, an epic heist movie starring Alain Delon and Yves Montand, featuring a 35-minute silently executed jewel robbery at Place Vendome as its often-imitated centerpiece. In French with English subtitles.
March 1 – IF I WERE KING (1938 / 101 minutes)
His throne under siege, King Louis XI (Basil Rathbone) goes undercover and connects with rogue-poet Francois Villon (Ronald Colman) to ferret out the trator in his court in director Frank Lloyd’s historical drama written by Preston Sturges.
March 8 – THE SHOOTING PARTY (1985 / 98 minutes)
Before Gosford Park and Downton Abby there was The Shooting Party—the last hurrah of the pre-World War I ruling class. In his final performance, James Mason stars alongside Edward Fox and John Gielgud in this ensemble drama adapted from Isabel Colegate’s novel.
March 15 – THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993 / 139 minutes)
Partially shot in Philadelphia, director Martin Scorsese’s adaption of Edith Wharton’s gilded age love triangle wherein Daniel Day Lewis is caught between his fiancé Winona Ryder and countess Michelle Pfeiffer.
March 22 – THE LUNCH BOX (2013 / 104 minutes)
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a neglected housewife to a lonely man on the verge of retirement. The most unsentimental sentimental movie ever. In Hindi with English subtitles.
March 29 – LAYER CAKE (2004 / 105 minutes)
Mr. X is a successful West End drug dealer, about to retire, who is asked to do one last favor: to negotiate the sale of one million hits of ecstasy stolen from a Serbian drug lord. A dense, wild, occasionally hilarious, and convulsive gangster thriller. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and staring Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller and the great Michael Gambon.
April 5 – HOLD BACK THE DAWN (1941 / 116 minutes)
Still timely romantic drama, where at the advice of his dance partner, Paulette Goddard, Romanian gigolo Charles Boyer romances plain school teacher Olivia de Havilland for a green card and US citizenship. Directed by Mitchell Leisen and written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder.
April 12 – FIFTH AVE GIRL (1939 / 83 minutes)
Sharp comedy where a wealthy industrialist, Walter Connolly, hires Ginger Rogers to pretend to be his mistress with the hopes of shaking his ungrateful and selfish family out of their complacency. With Tim Holt.
April 19 – LA CONFIDENTIAL (1997/138 minutes)
One of the best reviewed films of the 1990s is Curtis Hanson’s adaptation of James Ellroy’s labyrinthian police thriller. Set in the Los Angeles of the 50s this punchy cocktail of hardboiled posturing stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won her first Oscar for her roll as a Veronica Lake look-a-like. (Our 2015-2016 Season Finale.)