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CLASSIC FILM SERIES

It’s time for you to add the Harbor Theater Classic Film Series to your winter calendars. This year, with the assistance of our good friend Dr. Jon Cavallero, Chair of the Bates College, Rhetoric, Film and Screen Studies program, we have chosen the theme, “Great Directors: The Early Years.” Join us, from October through March, as we sample some of the finest work of six American directors.

Following our tradition of much-enjoyed “add-ons” to each movie, pick up a trivia sheet full of fun facts about the actors, the making of the film, and things to watch for. Enjoy a short introductory video before each film made especially for us by Dr. Cavallero. Then, watch the movie the way it was meant to be seen – on the big screen!

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

DECEMBER 14 & 16, 2023

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

NR | 1 hour 59 minutes

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck),who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.
"With Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn turning in superb performances, Roman Holiday is 118 minutes of sheer entertainment."
Milton Luban
Hollywood Reporter
"Hepburn is utterly beguiling in her star-making role opposite Peck in a delightful romantic comedy about a poised young princess of an unspecified European country who spends a magical day with an American reporter playing hooky."
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films

JANUARY 11 & 13, 2024

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

NR | 2 hours 2 minutes

In this classic version of Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy," George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), the nephew of a wealthy industrialist, is excluded from high society and given a blue-collar job at his uncle's factory. While ascending the ranks of the company, George becomes romantically involved with co-worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters). However, when he is introduced to socialite Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor), he quickly falls for her, leading to a tragic love triangle.
"One of the great studio dramas of the period and one of this column's favourite films, with haunting performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift."
Evan Williams
The Austrailian
"Montgomery Clift's performance as upward-striving pauper George Eastman is a career peak, and Elizabeth Taylor is a gleaming paragon as his high-society paramour."
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

FEBRUARY 8 & 10, 2024

IT HAPPENED
ONE NIGHT (1934)

NR | 1 hour 45 minutes

In Frank Capra's acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress.
"The two stars interact with easy, on-the-button timing; Gable has a gift for seeming virile even at his most foolish, and when things go wrong Colbert manages to look starry-eyed and blankly depressed at the same time."
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
"The surprise in this film is the discovery of Clark Gable as a comedian of considerable charm and ability."
Mildred Martin
Philadelphia Inquirer

MARCH 14 & 16, 2024

EAST OF EDEN (1955)

PG | 1 hour 55 minutes

In this film based on John Steinbeck's epic novel, Cal Trask (James Dean), the son of a California farmer (Raymond Massey), feels that his father cares only about his brother, Aron (Richard Davalos). When Cal embarks on a business venture to gain the favor of his dad, he finds himself dealing with his estranged mother (Jo Van Fleet), now the owner of a brothel, and tensions in the family rise even further when he begins to fall for Aron's girlfriend, Abra (Julie Harris).
"It's a film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place."
Geoff Andrews
Time Out
Not only one of Kazan's richest films and Dean's first significant role, it is also arguably the actor's best performance."
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times