Revival Series

Each week repertory films will be presented on 35mm prints and DCP in The Charles’ original 362 seat theatre. There are three showings of a movie each week.

 

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They Live Thursday, January 24
When You Read This Letter Saturday, January 26
Secrets of Women Saturday, February 2
Sansho The Bailiff Saturday, February 9
Where The Sidewalk Ends Saturday, February 16
The Ladykillers Saturday, February 23
Jackie Chan Police Story (1985) Thursday, February 28
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi Saturday, March 2
Wild Strawberries Saturday, March 9
Hard Eight Saturday, March 16

They Live

“John Nada is grouchy because ever since he arrived in Los Angeles from Colorado, there's been nothing but trouble. People are rude, he lives on a campsite, and then the place is demolished by the cops. Things get worse when he happens across a hidden stash of special sunglasses. Donning a pair, his vision is literally reduced t more »

1/10

When You Read This Letter

“Sex, religion, and blackmail feed the cauldron of this early thriller from Jean-Pierre Melville, the French cinema’s preeminent misanthrope. A young novitiate (Juliette Greco) is called home to watch over her younger sister (Irene Galter) after their parents are killed in a car accident, and when the sister is raped by a handso more »

2/10

Secrets of Women

(1952 Ingmar Bergman) “A film of marvelous moments...three women friends recall significant moments in their marriages as they await the arrival of their menfolk on an island summer home, while the elopement plans of a younger generation adds counterpoint....The final story, which finds sniping Dahlbeck and pompous Björnstrand more »

3/10

Sansho The Bailiff

”This is one of the greats, and I'm too much in awe of it to say much more than: See it—as often as you can. Kenji Mizoguchi's 1954 film is the story of a family torn apart by political upheavals in 11th-century Japan—the children sold into slavery, the mother made a courtesan, the father lost. Mizoguchi looks out on utter devas more »

4/10

Where The Sidewalk Ends

“A weatherbeaten Andrews gives one of his finest performances as Detective Mark Dixon, a belligerent cop whose father was a crook and whose roughhouse tactics appall his bosses. He's a good man at heart, but the fates are against him and his behaviour becomes closer and closer to that of the father he abhorred. Mobster Merrill i more »

5/10

The Ladykillers

“Mackendrick and Ealing's resident American writer William Rose had already collaborated on The Maggie when they came together again for this, the last, most enduring and best known of all the studio's comedies, in which the sheer blackness of the central concept is barely disguised by the accomplished farce which surrounds it. more »

6/10

Jackie Chan Police Story (1985)

“Jackie Chan’s Police Story is one of the great 1980s action films. It’s also one of the most 1980s action films. It’s a bundle of cop-on-the- edge clichés that climaxes with Chan’s Hong Kong policeman hero at war with both his by-the-book superior officers and the crime lord villain who remains stubbornly beyond the law’s reach more »

7/10

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi

”...An ageing and weary Gabin attempts to retire after one last robbery. Instead he finds himself in a world of moody double- crosses. Becker's film, full of neat angles and delightful little bits of business, is laconic and admirably methodical. If its code of honour and its world of safe houses (and the absence of any police) more »

8/10

Wild Strawberries

“One of Bergman's warmest, and therefore finest films, this concerns an elderly academic - grouchy, introverted, dried up emotionally - who makes a journey to collect a university award, and en route relives his past by means of dreams, imagination, and encounters with others. It's an occasionally over-symbolic work… but it's fi more »

9/10

Hard Eight

“A pared-down crime thriller set mainly in Reno, this first feature by writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is impressive for its lean and unblemished storytelling, but even more so for its performances. Especially good is Philip Baker Hall…In his role as a smooth professional gambler who befriends a younger man (John C. Reilly) more »

10/10