Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances
February 1–March 14
Back by popular demand! In time for Valentine's Day, and throughout the month of February, AFI Silver offers a selection of great movie romances, one from each decade, from 1930s screwball comedy to controversial dramas to the quirky rom-coms of today.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all screenings in the Screen Valentines series.
New 35mm Print!
#40 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Passions
#52 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Laughs
Garbo laughs! And so will you, in Ernst Lubitsch’s sparkling and mirthful romance, as stern Soviet special envoy Nina Ivanovna Yakushova (Garbo)—call her Ninotchka—travels to Paris to sort out wayward emissaries Iranoff (Sig Rumann), Buljanoff (Felix Bressart) and Kopalski (Alexander Granach), who’ve bungled the sale of some confiscated White Russian jewelry and become corrupted by the decadent West. Suave Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas) tries his darnedest to have the same effect on stone-faced Ninotchka, but fails to crack her defenses until he stumbles upon her funnybone.
DIR/PROD Ernst Lubitsch; SCR Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, from a story by Melchior Lengyel. US, 1939, b&w, 110 min. NOT RATED
LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN
Fri, Feb 1, 5:00; Sat, Feb 2, 6:30; Sun, Feb 3, 3:00; Wed, Feb 6, 7:00; Thu, Feb 7, 5:15
“By the time you read this letter I may be dead.” Having longed for Viennese concert pianist Louis Jourdan from afar for many years, headstrong young Joan Fontaine enjoys one night of passion with her idol, followed by a lifetime of melancholy remembrances and heartbreaking missed connections. As recounted in her letter, their paths crossed many more times than the callow young maestro ever knew. One of Max Ophüls’ finest masterpieces: hypnotically constructed, achingly romantic and impressively tragic.
DIR Max Ophüls; SCR Howard Koch; PROD John Houseman. US, 1948, b&w, 86 min. RATED PG
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with Paramount Pictures, with funding provided by The Film Foundation.
SUMMER WITH MONIKA [Sommaren med Monika]
Fri, Feb 8, 7:15; Mon, Feb 11, 7:15; Thu, Feb 14, 9:15
An important influence cited by filmmakers from Jean-Luc Godard to Martin Scorsese to Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman's moving story was many years ahead of its time and the director's international breakthrough. Two young lovers (Lars Ekborg and an 18-year-old Harriet Andersson, in her star- making role) spend a summer idyll together, only to see it wither in the light of real-world responsibilities. The film's frank—and frankly glorious—depiction of sexuality made it an art house sensation.
DIR/SCR Ingmar Bergman; SCR Per Anders Fogelström, from his novel; PROD Allan Ekelund. Sweden, 1953, b&w, 96 min. In Swedish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
A MAN AND A WOMAN
Sat, Feb 9, 7:15; Wed, Feb 13, 6:30 (Montgomery College Show)
An international art-house sensation and one of the most
achingly romantic films of all time. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée meet by chance at their children’s school. She a widow and he a widower, they get to know one another, their friendship growing tentatively into something more. Gorgeous, impressionistic photography (cinematography by director Claude Lelouch himself), alternating color, b&w and sepia-toned stock for effect, with an iconic, lush score by Francis Lai. Palme d’Or, 1965 Cannes Film Festival; four Oscar nominations with wins for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.
DIR/PROD Claude Lelouch; SCR Pierre Uytterhoeven. France, 1966, color, 102 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Sun, Feb 17, 1:00; Tue, Feb 19, 7:15
It originated as a low-budget attempt to cash in on the enormous success of FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, but VALLEY GIRL's genuine charm, perverse period flavor and breakout performance by Nicolas Cage ensured its enduring cult status. Can downtown punk Cage find love with "truly dazzling" valley girl Deborah Foreman? Will there be a big finale at the prom? Like, ohmygod, totally, fer sure.
DIR Martha Coolidge; SCR/PROD Wayne Crawford, Andrew Lane. US, 1983, color, 99 min. RATED R
THE WAY WE WERE
#6 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Passions
Mon, Feb 25, 9:20; Wed, Feb 27, 9:30
Opposites attract as WASPy, carefree writer Robert Redford falls for Jewish, politically committed Barbra Streisand, two star-crossed lovers whose passionate but rocky relationship crosses peaks and valleys arm-in-arm with America’s mid-century history. Nominated for six Oscars, with Marvin Hamlisch winning for both his score and the title song (shared with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman).
DIR Sydney Pollack; SCR Arthur Laurents; PROD Ray Stark. US, 1973, color, 118 min. RATED PG
Sun, Feb 24, 1:00; Mon, Feb 25, 7:00
Richard Linklater’s Eric Rohmer-esque romance pairs American backpacker Ethan Hawke and French student Julie Delpy, walking and talking their way through the night in baroquely beautiful Budapest. The first in what has become one of the most unusual movie trilogies: with Paris-set sequel BEFORE SUNSET arriving in 2004 and BEFORE MIDNIGHT set to premiere at Sundance this year, each installment has come nine years apart and faithfully countenanced the requisite passage of time and changes in the characters’ lives.
DIR/SCR Richard Linklater; SCR Kim Krizan; PROD Anne Walker-McBay. US/ Austria/Switzerland, 1995, color, 105 min. RATED R
THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
#87 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Passions
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00; Tue, Mar 5, 7:00
Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin shine as husband, wife and mistress in Czechoslovakia during the Prague Spring in this erotically charged and thought-provoking cult classic. Writer/ director Philip Kaufman adapted Czech author Milan Kundera’s existential masterpiece for the big screen, benefitting greatly from a top-form cast and the contributions of several world-class collaborators: co-scripter Jean-Claude Carrière, cinematographer Sven Nykvist, and editing by influential éminence grise Walter Murch.
DIR/SCR Philip Kaufman; SCR Jean-Claude Carriére, from the novel by Milan Kundera; PROD Saul Zaentz. US, 1988, color, 171 min. RATED R
Sun, Mar 3, 7:30; Wed, Mar 6, 6:45
Sparks fly and music flows when a down-on-his-luck Irish busker
and a poor Czech immigrant meet on the streets of Dublin in this intimate modern musical. As musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová work together on a demo, their musical partnership begins to grow into something more. The stars’ palpable on-screen chemistry powers the film’s signature ballad—which they co-wrote—“Falling Slowly,” which won the Oscar for Best Original Song. This indie hit from 2006 has now been adapted into a full-blown Broadway stage musical, winner of eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical.
DIR/SCR John Carney; PROD Martina Niland. Ireland, 2006, color, 85 min. RATED R
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00; Wed, Mar 13, 4:45; Thu, Mar 14, 9:30