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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Mirror (Revival)
Juliet of the Spirits (Revival) Saturday, August 7
Persona (Revival) Saturday, August 14
Street of Shame (Revival) Saturday, August 21
Chungking Express (Revival) Saturday, August 28
La Strada (Revival) Saturday, September 4

Mirror (Revival)

Andrei Tarkovsky’s most personal film is also his most inscrutable, and maybe his greatest. Mirror mirrors many aspects of and incidents in the director’s own life—a woman (Margarita Terekhova) based on his mother gets a lot of screen time, and the poems heard in voiceover were written and read by the director’s father. It’s plo more »


Juliet of the Spirits (Revival)

Fellini followed his phantasmagoric masterpiece 8 ½ in maybe the only way he possibly could have—by making his first color feature. Masina plays Juliet, the middle-aging wife of an affluent businessman (Mario Pisu), whom she suspects is cheating on her. Her inane circle of family, friends, and neighbors is no help, and soon drea more »


Persona (Revival)

Like many of Ingmar Bergman’s films, Persona carries a reputation for “arty” impenetrability that belies its abundant cinematic pleasures. For all its dream sequences and fourth-wall ruptures, it’s also a sublime four-hander as a famous actress fallen mute (Liv Ullmann) and her nervously chatty nurse (Bibi Andersson) find their more »


Street of Shame (Revival)

The great Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff) ended his career with a little-seen drama about the lives of sex workers in modern-day Tokyo. “Dreamland” is a legal brothel, but the Japanese government is considering outlawing prostitution, forcing the women who work there (Michiyo Kogure, Machiko Kyô, Ayako Wakao, Aiko M more »


Chungking Express (Revival)

This is where it all came together for Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai. The jumble of elements he’d arranged and rearranged for his first two features—aimless young men, competing love interests, lovelorn cops, a desultory crime plot, well-placed pop songs—took flight in this effervescent indie romance. The crowded streets of wor more »


La Strada (Revival)

Fellini’s international breakthrough balanced the grit of Italian neorealism with the elemental simplicity of a fairytale or fable. A brutish carnival strongman (Anthony Quinn) dragoons an innocent waif (Fellini’s gamine wife and muse Giulietta Masina) into becoming his assistant/drudge, mistreating her terribly but never quite more »