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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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
La Ciénaga Saturday, October 1
HEAT Saturday, October 8
Autumn Sonata Saturday, October 15
Wild Things Thursday, October 20
Vagabond Saturday, October 22
The Addiction Saturday, October 29
Girlfriends Saturday, November 5
To Live and Die in L.A. Thursday, November 10
Raging Bull Saturday, November 12
Get Carter Saturday, November 19
High and Low Saturday, November 26
The Leather Boys Saturday, December 3
Thief Thursday, December 8
Come and See Saturday, December 10

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

A group of six friends - three men and three women decidedly of the French Upper Middle Class - have their dinner plans continually interrupted due to a series of bizarre events that can only be described as Buñuelian. more »

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1/15

La Ciénaga

The release of Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a dissolute bourgeois extended family, w more »

2/15

HEAT

Investigating a bold armed robbery which has left three security guards dead, LA cop Vincent Hanna (Pacino), whose devotion to work is threatening his third marriage, follows a trail that leads him to suspect a gang of thieves headed by Neil McCauley (De Niro). Trouble is, McCauley's cunning is at least equal to Hanna's, and tha more »

3/15

Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca. The grand dame, playing an icy concert pianist, is matched beat for beat in ferocity by the filmmaker’s recurring lead Liv Ullmann, as her eldest daughter. more »

4/15

Wild Things

Standard plot summary is perhaps not the best way to entice you to John McNaughton’s trash masterpiece. So . . . there’s a rape accusation, a courtroom drama, a number of murders, and almost too many twists and doublecrosses to keep track of, all set against the tourist- brochure backdrop of the Florida Everglades. You will roll more »

5/15

Vagabond

Agnès Varda not only outlasted most of her New Wave comrades, she made a film that perhaps resonates even more now than it did when she made it. Sandrine Bonnaire plays the title role, a young woman sleeping rough through rural France in the dead of winter. Some people she encounters are kind, some are not, but either way, she i more »

6/15

The Addiction

Abel Ferrara’s best film? It’s certainly his most thoughtful, and sleekly stylish. Lily Taylor plays an NYC philosophy grad student who finds her thirst for knowledge suddenly subsumed by a powerful thirst for blood. No one ever utters the word “vampire,” but Ferrara has fun playing with horror tropes as well as the course of de more »

7/15

Girlfriends

Before 'Sex and the City', before 'Frances Ha', there was 'Girlfriends'. Claudia Weill’s perfect little indie centers on two young roomies in New York, photographer Susan (Melanie Mayron) and writer Anne (Anita Skinner). When Anne moves out to get married, Susan starts to flounder, emotionally and otherwise. There is less a plot more »

8/15

To Live and Die in L.A.

More than a decade after The French Connection, William Friedkin swapped the grit of New York for the gloss of Southern California in this slick caper flick. But beneath its Miami Vice pastels and MTV flash, TLDLA is an even more cynical outing than French Connection. William Petersen’s government agent, in hot pursuit of Willem more »

9/15

Raging Bull

An American classic—violent, brutal, vulgar, built on empty dreams, somehow beautiful nonetheless. Robert De Niro’s performance as volatile middleweight champion Jake La Motta was already legendary before the film premiered, but consider Joe Pesci in his first major film role as Jake’s long-suffering brother and teenage Cathy Mo more »

10/15

Get Carter

If Michael Caine had been hit by a bus right after Get Carter wrapped, we’d still be talking about him today. As a London hardman returned north to his grimy hometown to get to the bottom of his brother’s suspicious death, Caine is all tailored suit, hooded eyes, and coiled menace as he out-cools and outsmarts one hapless thug a more »

11/15

High and Low

Akira Kurosawa’s urban thriller is still, in a way, a samurai film. Toshiro Mifune plays a corporate executive embroiled in a high-stakes takeover deal when kidnappers snatch his chauffeur’s son thinking that the boy is his son. Does he pay the ransom, scuttling his plans, or risk letting the boy die? Kurosawa pits the honor con more »

12/15

The Leather Boys

It’s absolutely shocking that Sidney Furie’s charismatic slice of British “kitchen sink” realism isn’t better known here. Rita Tushingham and Colin Campbell play a young couple. She loves him. He loves her, his motorcycle, and going for rides with his mates. After marrying maybe a bit too soon, cracks begin to show, egged on sly more »

13/15

Come and See

One of the scant handful of war films that can’t be said to glamorize war. Elem Klimov’s masterful epic follows a young Belarussian farmboy (Aleksei Kravchenko) as he joins the partisans fighting the Nazi invasion of his country during World War II. There are no big battle scenes, no bonhomie, just a panorama of violence and hor more »

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