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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CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI Saturday, January 25
DOWNTOWN 81 Saturday, February 1
WINTER LIGHT Saturday, February 8
THE BLUE ANGEL Saturday, February 15
THE SILENCE Saturday, February 22
Kind Hearts and Coronets Saturday, February 29
THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN Saturday, March 7
BROKEN BLOSSOMS Saturday, March 14

CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI

When the Italian fascist regime wants to get an anti-fascist intellectual (Gian Maria Volantè) out of its way, it sends him to internal exile in a hilltop town in deepest Southern Italy. more »

1/8

DOWNTOWN 81

“Jean-Michel is in the house.” Director Edo Bertoglio’s low-budget curio, which went unreleased until 2000, just happens to star one of the greatest painters of the last quarter of the 20th century as, essentially, himself at the time — a scuffling artist writing graffiti, trying to find a girl, and maybe sell a painting. As he more »

2/8

WINTER LIGHT

Paul Schrader drew heavily from the middle film in Ingmar Bergman’s “Trilogy of Faith” for First Reformed. Gunnar Björnstrand plays the pastor of a dwindling congregation, brooding as he delivers the expected rites. A member of his flock (Max Von Sydow) wrestles with thoughts of self-harm due to despair over the prospect of nucl more »

3/8

THE BLUE ANGEL

This 1930 Josef von Sternberg classic delivered Marlene Dietrich's breakout performance, but arguably it belongs to Emil Jannings. As his upright schoolteacher falls under the spell of Dietrich’s louche cabaret performer, and falls further down the rungs of society, his reduced circumstances pale next to the shame and defeat rad more »

4/8

THE SILENCE

Ingmar Bergman concluded his “Trilogy of Faith” with the story of two sisters (Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom) and one sister’s young son (Jörgen Lindström) traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war. During a purgatorial stay in an old hotel, repressed dramas surface. Before they do, Bergman lingers on more »

5/8

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Droll, dry, and inky black, this 1949 comedy returns in a new 4K restoration. Alec Guinness is stunt-cast as eight different members of the aristocratic D’Ascoyne family, yet Dennis Price owns every scene as the genteel distant relation who decides to murder his way up the family tree until he assumes the family’s dukedom. While more »

6/8

THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN

Marlene Dietrich, in her last collaboration with director Josef von Sternberg, brings her preternatural charisma to a striving Spaniard chanteuse who cavorts through the world by manipulating men with her tempestuous charms. John Dos Passos provides a script with more than its share of wit. Von Sternberg crams nearly every frame more »

7/8

BROKEN BLOSSOMS

D.W. Griffith’s 1919 silent film deals with a topic that was taboo a century ago: a relationship between a Chinese man (Richard Barthelmess, in yellowface) and a street urchin (Lillian Gish, a superstar of the era) on the run from her abusive father. The racial dynamics of the film are handled with all the sensitivity one would more »

8/8