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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L’Argent
Port of Call Saturday, April 21
Phantom Lady Saturday, April 28
Strangers on a Train Saturday, May 5
To Joy Saturday, May 12
Stranger Than Paradise Saturday, May 19
1971 Monday, May 21
Quai des Orfèvres Saturday, May 26
Le Corbeau Saturday, June 2

L’Argent

"Robert Bresson's 14th film in 40 years, made in 1983. It returns to some of the themes of his earlier work—the notion of stolen grace from 'Pickpocket', the suppression of scenes in favor of a continuous flow of action from 'A Man Escaped'—but there is also a new passion and electricity in Bresson's minimalist images; it nowher more »

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1/9

Port of Call

Bergman himself admitted the strong influence of Rossellini and Neo-Realism on this dockside drama, filmed partly on authentic Gothenburg locations. A striking opening sees heroine Jönsson saved from drowning herself, before flashbacks fill out her desperate plight… After spending the night with her and sparking the embers of a more »

2/9

Phantom Lady

“This 1944 film noir, directed by Robert Siodmak, is one of the darkest and grimmest of them all. It’s the story of a lonely engineer (Alan Curtis) who takes a stranger (Fay Helm) to a tawdry Broadway stage show and returns home to find his estranged wife murdered, himself accused, and his alibi, the woman, untraceable. Siodmak more »

3/9

Strangers on a Train

“Alfred Hitchcock's bizarre, malicious comedy, in which the late Robert Walker brought sportive originality to the role of the chilling wit, dear degenerate Bruno; it's intensely enjoyable--in some ways the best of Alfred Hitchcock's American films. The murder plot is so universally practical that any man may adapt it to his nee more »

4/9

To Joy

"An orchestra violinist's dreams of becoming a celebrated soloist and fears of his own mediocrity get in the way of his marriage to the patient, caring Marta. Played out to the music of Beethoven, Ingmar Bergman's 'To Joy' is a heartbreaking tale of one man's inability to overcome the demons standing in the way of his happiness. more »

5/9

Stranger Than Paradise

“…This three-part road-movie-with-a-difference is shot in long, static black-and-white takes, and features an excellent score that straddles both Screaming Jay Hawkins and Bartok. The story is slight: cool, laconic New Yorker (John) Lurie (of Lounge Lizards fame) reluctantly plays host when his young female cousin arrives on a v more »

6/9

1971

“This documentary, by Johanna Hamilton, unpacks a crucial but little-known episode in modern political and journalistic history. On March 8, 1971, eight antiwar activists broke into a small F.B.I. office in the aptly named town of Media, Pennsylvania, and stole files showing that the government was trying to suppress legitimate more »

7/9

Quai des Orfèvres

“A stunningly well-made entertainment, this detective film by Henri-Georges Clouzot features the master actor Louis Jouvet in the role of a police inspector. His world is contrasted with that of the music hall, represented by the full-blown, hypersexual Suzy Delair. When this voluptuous slut sings ‘Avec Son Tra-la-la,’ she may m more »

8/9

Le Corbeau

"Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic, this 1943 thriller was shot in occupied France by Henri-Georges Clouzot ('The Wages of Fear'), and its story of a small town terrorized by anonymous poison-pen letters so effectively captures the national paranoia that after the war Clouzot was unjustly persecuted as anti-French. The ou more »

9/9