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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Oldboy
Fellini: The Temptation of Dr. Antonio and Toby Dammit Saturday, February 24
Phantom of the Paradise Thursday, February 29
Brute Force Saturday, March 2
Cruising Thursday, March 7
All About Eve Saturday, March 9
Army of Darkness Thursday, March 14
A Hen in the Wind Saturday, March 16
Audition Thursday, March 21
Rome Open City Saturday, March 23

Oldboy

There’s a certain turn-of- the-century cinema—brash, expressionistic, button-pushing, violent—that Park Chan-wook perfected with his international breakout. A drunken white-collar dad (an astonishing Choi Min-sik) is mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years and just as mysteriously released. His new life toggles between aggro reveng more »

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Fellini: The Temptation of Dr. Antonio and Toby Dammit

Both of these novella-length films were part of multi-director omnibus projects, but Federico Fellini’s work stands out in any company. In the former, Terence Stamp plays a dissolute film actor who slouches into Rome for a new project but can’t escape his fate. In the latter, Peppino De Filippo is a prudish citizen overwhelmed b more »

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Phantom of the Paradise

The New Hollywood giants of the ‘70s had to start somewhere, and not long before Brian De Palma blew up with Carrie, he made this whacked-out glitterbomb of rock ‘n’ roll camp. A nebbish-y musical genius (William Finley) gets screwed over by a massive pop star (Paul Williams!) and seeks revenge, a la The Phantom of the Opera. St more »

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Brute Force

It’s all right there in the title. Burt Lancaster stars as a state-prison convict under the thumb of a sadistic guard captain (a fantastic Hume Cronyn). Only a long-shot escape plan might relieve the pressure. Jules Dassin (The Naked City, Rififi) overcomes the static tendencies of the prison picture with flashbacks, a rogue’s g more »

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Cruising

Film writer Alex Fields pegs it as a giallo, and once you see it, you can’t unsee it. William Friedkin’s controversial murder mystery set in New York’s gay leatherman underground just before AIDS isn’t a Hollywood prestige product gone awry—like its low-budget Italian contemporaries, it’s a lurid slice of criminal lowlife where more »

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All About Eve

It isn’t quite "Rashomon", but "All About Eve" forever codified a similarly useful and durable concept—the suckup who secretly wants to replace you. Bette Davis’ Broadway diva is on top when she meets Anne Baxter’s sweet-as-pie fan, but soon something else hits the fan, as it were. Writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz made a sid more »

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Army of Darkness

Sam Raimi was wise to stop here. Bruce Campbell’s jutting hero’s jawline and straight-man comedy chops propelled the Evil Dead franchise forward into a time-traveling medieval lark where the yuks outnumber the icks, eeks, and whoas during a final battle between good-enough and evil. It lacks most of the first two films’ kinetic more »

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A Hen in the Wind

Not your usual Ozu film. A single mother (Kinuyo Tanaka) is forced into sex work briefly to help her sick child while she waits for her husband (Shūji Sano) to return from the war. When he finally makes it home, he can’t accept that she had no other choice. more »

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Audition

How do we regard "Audition" in 2023? One could argue that its depiction of its female lead (Eihi Shiina) is sexist at best. But post #MeToo, smug older men holding fake film auditions to find a pretty young wife for one of them (Ryo Ishibashi) plays even worse than it did 25 years ago. And Takashi Miike’s subsequent films make i more »

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Rome Open City

Roberto Rossellini’s 1946 story of a group of workers and a priest in 1943-’44 Rome, declared an “open city” by the Nazis, was begun only two months after the liberation. Its realistic treatment of everyday Italian life heralded the postwar renaissance of the Italian cinema and the development of neorealism; the film astonished more »

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