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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Badlands Thursday, June 20
The File on Thelma Jordan Saturday, June 22
Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis Thursday, June 27
Lonely Are The Brave Saturday, June 29
Barbarella Thursday, July 4
Suddenly, Last Summer Saturday, July 6
Point Break Thursday, July 11
La Collectionneuse Saturday, July 13
Shoeshine Saturday, July 20
Le Samouraï Saturday, July 27
Multiple Maniacs Thursday, August 1
Seven Samurai Saturday, August 3
Winchester ’73 Saturday, August 10
Black Tight Killers Thursday, August 15
Classe Tous Risques Saturday, August 17
The Small Back Room Saturday, August 24
The Searchers Saturday, September 7
The Lavender Hill Mob Saturday, September 14

Badlands

The next time someone trots out the canard about using narration as a sign of weak filmmaking skills, throw Terence Malick’s debut back in their face. Forget the writer/director's nascent visual style. It’s the pitch-perfect narration that Malick puts in the voice of Sissy Spacek’s smalltown teen that imbues this retelling of a more »

1/18

The File on Thelma Jordan

Barbara Stanwyck slips back into femme-fatale mode and hurtles into an affair with a married district attorney played by Wendell Corey. When her rich aunt turns up murdered and she’s the prime suspect, Corey’s character faces destroying his own life to save hers. This extra-twisty gem isn’t as well-known as Robert Siodmak’s more more »

2/18

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis

Images and themes from Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis have been popping up in anime for so long that an animated adaptation of Katsushira Otomo’s manga based on the story was inevitable. In a futuristic city, the ruler creates an AI-powered robot girl to further his infernal ends, but a plucky hero may have something to say about more »

3/18

Lonely Are The Brave

Lonesome cowpoke Kirk Douglas feels the mid-20th century closing in on his range-roaming ways in this elegiac classic. After busting out of jail, he clambers up New Mexico’s Sandia Mountains on horseback in a desperate bid to stay free. Journeyman director David Miller fuses mythic struggle and epic scope with real grit and huma more »

4/18

Barbarella

The Swinging ‘60s zoomed into outer space in Roger Vadim’s outré cult fave. Jane Fonda has spent the rest of her career living down her turn in the title role, a galactic ingénue/sexpot who must save the universe in a series of skimpy plastic outfits. The loony production design — a fur-lined spaceship? — fails to overpower an e more »

5/18

Suddenly, Last Summer

Montgomery Clift hangs on for dear life as Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor vie to out-nutty each other in Joseph L Mankiewicz’s camp-tastic Tennessee Williams adaptation. The story involves mental illness, an incestuous obsession, literal slumming, and one of the most outrageous denouements in cinema, but you’re not reall more »

6/18

Point Break

Suspend your disbelief and catch a gnarly ride with Patrick Swayze’s crew of surfing bank robbers and Keanu Reeves’ jock turned federal agent. Kathryn Bigelow burst out of the cult-hit zone with this handsome-but-dim California crime flick, and her command of screen action (especially a pounding foot chase) elevates the himbo hi more »

7/18

La Collectionneuse

Éric Rohmer covered all the seasons in his oeuvre, but he seemed to have a special affinity for the underdressed liminal space of summer vacation. Patrick Bachau’s insufferable art bro winds up sharing a borrowed villa by the ocean with a frequently bikini-ed young woman (Haydée Politoff) who remains indifferent to him, thereby more »

8/18

Shoeshine

Shoeshine boys were the squeegee kids of postwar Italy — hustling to make a coin and a bit too underfoot for some. Vittoria De Sica’s early neorealist triumph follows two urchins (Franco Interlenghi and Rinaldo Smordoni, both terrific) from the street into Italy’s juvenile-justice system, which tears them apart. It’s shocking ho more »

9/18

Le Samouraï

Clad in his now-iconic fedora and trenchcoat, Alain Delon’s sangfroid assassin attempts to elude both the police and his disgruntled clients after his latest murder-for-hire. Part underworld procedural, part existential hang, Jean-Pierre Melville’s elegant neo-noir codified a certain category of cinema cool, with an assist from more »

10/18

Multiple Maniacs

John Waters made films that prodded the funny bone and gag reflex more than his second feature, but there’s an anarchic, unhinged energy here that outstrips everything else in his cinema. Divine and the rest of the Dreamlanders kill, steal, commit sacrilege, kill again, cannibalize, and kill some more in lurid black and white. more »

11/18

Seven Samurai

“Epic” is overused, but it’s hard to get around it here. Akira Kurosawa drew the blueprint for action cinema with his vastly influential tale of hastily recruited ronin defending a village full of farmers from marauding bandits. Along the way, he limns indelible character moments not only for the stoic warriors but for the haple more »

12/18

Winchester ’73

James Stewart rebooted his career and nice-guy image with the first of eight oaters he made with Anthony Mann, justly admired for their tortured psychology (at least by 1950s standards). The title firearm, won by and stolen from Stewart’s deadeye, links together a panoply of characters as it passes from hand to hand. A nearly pe more »

13/18

Black Tight Killers

It’s as if this restored gem was concocted in a lab to delight 21st-century kitsch hounds. A playboy war photographer gets mixed up with underworld shenanigans that involve a squad of perky but deadly women operatives in matching mod outfits. Got a pedestrian people-talking-in-a-car shot? Why not make the street-scene behind the more »

14/18

Classe Tous Risques

Knuckle-faced Lino Ventura plays a hood on the run trying to make his way from Milan back to Paris with his family without getting pinched. Heists, police ambushes, and old-pals-turned-frenemies complicate matters. Shoved aside by the French New Wave, Claude Sautet’s headlong crime flick still lacks the cult it deserves, but we more »

15/18

The Small Back Room

Powell and Pressburger regular David Farrar plays a WWII bomb expert in constant pain from an amputated leg who self-medicates with booze. Can he solve the mystery of the Nazi booby trap killing his fellow Englishmen? Can he save his relationship with his long-suffering girl (fellow P&P regular Kathleen Byron)? Can he preserve h more »

16/18

The Searchers

As American as racism and violence. John Ford’s national landmark includes all the silly side quests endemic to a studio film of the era, including a song and a romantic subplot. But the monomaniacal focus of John Wayne’s damaged avenger as he tracks down his kidnapped niece lends it a terrible power. And if you’re looking for a more »

17/18

The Lavender Hill Mob

The late Alec Guinness has been retconned into a kindly screen eminence thanks to his Star Wars canonization as Old Ben Kenobi, but he was a wily actor full of dark currents. Exhibit A: this Ealing Studios heist comedy, which benefits enormously from his ability to telegraph complex motives from behind a milquetoast expression a more »

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