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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.

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