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CLASSIC FILM SERIES

Experts consider the 1960s as the decade in which Hollywood produced some of the most interesting, and artistically valuable films of all times. It was the last decade before “blockbusters” took center stage. And for a lot of us, it was a time when we were young, movie-going was our primary form of entertainment, and the iconic movies of that time stayed with us long after the credits rolled. Regardless of whether specific movies of the ‘60s stand out for you because of their true excellence or because they evoke memories of earlier years, many of those films have firmly stood the test of time. We tried to select a series that would ultimately highlight the range of movie storytelling during that decade as well as still have a germane message for today.

In addition, Dr. Jon Cavallero, Associate Professor and Chair of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies, Bates College, worked with us on selecting this year’s films and, more importantly, will be joining us again this year with pre-film video or in-person commentaries. On the occasions when Jon is with us, he will stay for a Q&A session. And even though we will not be looking for Alfred Hitchcock’s cameos, we will again provide trivia fun-fact sheets. Finally, we have added an additional showing on Saturday afternoon for those who work or prefer a weekend matinee.

All shows are at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 Adults; $8 Members.

DECEMBER 8 & 10

GOLDFINGER (1964)

PG | 1 hour 50 minutes
Adventure, Action, Thriller

Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus – where the Bond theme music takes hold, where Bond speaks one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred."), and where a wide range of gadgets appear that would become the series' trademark.

Everything he touches turns into excitement! Special agent 007 comes face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time, and now he must outwit and outgun the powerful tycoon to prevent him from cashing in on a devious scheme to raid Fort Knox -- and obliterate the world's economy.

James Bond (Sir Sean Connery) takes on Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his henchmen. To save the world once again, Bond will need to become friends with Goldfinger, dodge killer hats, and avoid Goldfinger's personal pilot, the sexy Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). She might not have feelings for Bond, but will 007 help her change her mind?
"Almost everything about this movie is unforgettable. The incredible title sequence, the menacing co-protagonist villain and Connery's "perfect" masculinity. Bond has evolved, but it gives pleasure to watch where it started."
Victor Pineyro
Seventh Art Studio

JANUARY 12 & 14, 2023

DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)

PG | 1 hour 35 minutes
Drama, Comedy, War

The hot-line suspense comedy. After the insane General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

Paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (Hayden) of Burpelson Air Force Base is able to deploy through a back door mechanism a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the knowledge of his superiors, including the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott), and President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers). Only Ripper knows the code to recall the B-52 bombers and he has shut down communication in and out of Burpelson as a measure to protect this attack. Ripper's executive officer, RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (on exchange from Britain), who is being held at Burpelson by Ripper, believes he knows the recall codes if he can only get a message to the outside world. Meanwhile at the Pentagon War Room, key persons including Muffley, Turgidson and nuclear scientist and adviser, a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove, are discussing measures to stop the attack or mitigate its blow-up into an all out nuclear war with the Soviets. Against Turgidson's wishes, Muffley brings Soviet Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky into the War Room, and get his boss, Soviet Premier Dimitri Kisov, on the hot line to inform him of what's going on. The Americans in the War Room are dismayed to learn that the Soviets have an as yet unannounced Doomsday Device to detonate if any of their key targets are hit. As Ripper, Mandrake and those in the War Room try and work the situation to their end goal, Major T.J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickens), one of the B-52 bomber pilots, is working on his own agenda of deploying his bomb wherever he can on enemy soil if he can't make it to his intended target.
"Nothing would seem to be farther apart than nuclear war and comedy, yet Kubrick's caper eloquently tackles a Fail-Safe subject with a light touch."
Dave Kaufman
Variety

february 9 & 11, 2023

charade (1963)

PG | 1 hour 53 minutes
Comedy, Mystery, Romance

Is anyone really who they seem to be? After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex, Scobie and Gideon, who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?

Dragged into a white-knuckle, cat-and-mouse game to unearth $250,000 allegedly stolen by her estranged and recently deceased husband Charles, Regina Lampert, an elegant American interpreter living in France, crosses paths with dashing perfect stranger Peter Joshua. And as if the terrible sense of loss weren't enough, a trio of ruthless cut-throats picks up the sweet scent of easy profit, bent on finding the lost cash first. As suave but enigmatic Peter dices with death to protect Regina before the situation spins out of control, little by little, a timid relationship forms; however, money corrupts. Now, fragile alliances and dangerous encounters spell trouble, and Regina can only count on herself to unravel the secret. But what are the chances of getting to the bottom of the mystery when trust falters?
"It's almost a cliche at this point to call Charade the best Alfred Hitchcock film not directed by Hitchcock. Yet, there's an undeniable truth behind the claim."
Brian Eggert
Deep Focus

march 9 & 11, 2023

the manchurian
candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 2 hours 6 minutes
Thriller, Drama, Mystery

The original 1962 poster for the unforgettable The Manchurian Candidate yelled in big letters: “If you come in five minutes after the picture begins, you won’t know what it’s all about! When you’ve seen it all, you’ll swear there’s never been anything like it!” But the poster really wasn’t lying, and 60 years later, The Manchurian Candidate, now recognized as a classic, looks just as terrifying—in fact more so! Angela Lansbury received an Oscar nomination as the extreme right-wing mother of Korean War officer Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) who returns from the war with a medal of honor—and as the focal point of recurrent nightmares by members of his squad there, including Frank Sinatra’s Captain Bennett Marcos (nightmares populated with Shaw murdering fellow squad members). “Life has rarely imitated art in more fantastic, catastrophic, and wildly suspicious ways than with The Manchurian Candidate” (Brian Eggert, Deep Focus).
". . . powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying."
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

april 13 & 15, 2023

THE GRADUATE (1967)

PG | 1 hour 46 minutes
Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.

Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home to California after successfully completing college. He gets a hero's welcome from his parents but Ben isn't quite sure what to do with the rest of his life. He is soon seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the wife of his father's partner, who methodically pursues the inexperienced young man. Soon, they are meeting regularly in hotel rooms. Warned by Mrs. Robinson to stay away from her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross), Benjamin’s father goads him into taking her out on a date. He finds he quite likes Elaine but when she learns he's been having an affair with her own mother, she'll have nothing to do with him. He's smitten however and pursues her.
"Feels as sly, modern and bracing as it must have in 1967."
Tom Huddleston
Time Out