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Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances
Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances
Vivien Leigh 100th
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75th Anniversary!
Fri, Feb 7, 7:45; Thu, Feb 13, 7:00
A shipboard romance between American singer Irene Dunne and
French painter Charles Boyer en route to New York has the two
lovebirds contemplating leaving their respective fiancés for each other
by the time they reach port. But in order to be sure their love is true and
not just a passing fancy, they agree not to see each other for six months,
at which time they’ll rendezvous atop the Empire State Building to make
their big decision. But a cruel twist of fate prevents Dunne from keeping
the appointment… Leo McCarey’s moving romance earned six Oscar
nominations; he later remade the film, to even greater acclaim, as AN
DIR/PROD Leo McCarey; SCR Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden
Stewart. US, 1939, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED
Fri, Feb 14, 9:30; Sat, Feb 15, 12:45
When the bureaucratic buildup of WWII creates a housing shortage
in Washington, DC, working girl Jean Arthur advertises for a female
roommate. Unable to check into his hotel when he arrives in town,
millionaire Charles Coburn charms (and flimflams) his way into Arthur's
spacious apartment, where he's flummoxed by her regimented routines
and rules and unimpressed by her wet blanket fiancé, Richard Gaines.
So Coburn sublets half of his space to Joel McCrea, with matchmaking
in mind. Director George Stevens works comic magic with the cramped
quarters and stellar performances. Six Oscar nominations, including Arthur
for Best Actress and a win for Best Supporting Actor Coburn.
Stevens; SCR Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, Frank Ross, Robert Russell. US, 1943, b&w, 104 min. NOT RATED
30th Anniversary!
70mm Print!
Fri, Mar 7, 9:45; Wed, Mar 12, 9:15
Jeff Bridges earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an
alien from outer space who adopts the human form of Karen Allen’s recently
deceased husband in this beguiling, romantic sci-fi from genre innovator John
Carpenter. His starship shot down by U.S. air defenses over Wisconsin,
Bridges seeks refuge in the cabin of young widow Allen. He eventually
enlists the aid of the angry, wary Allen to help him travel cross-country to
Arizona for a rendezvous with his mothership. Miraculously reunited with
a semblance of her lost love, and with a cold-blooded NSA team hot in
pursuit, Allen’s passion is kindled for her kind and caring alien visitor.
75th Anniversary!
Sun, Feb 9, 1:00; Tue, Feb 11, 7:00;
Thu, Feb 13, 9:00
American showgirl Eve Peabody
(Claudette Colbert) arrives nearly
penniless in rainy Paris, having
departed Monte Carlo with nothing
but the gown on her back. Hungarian
émigré cab driver Tibor Czerny (Don
Ameche) takes pity on the poor soul,
buying her a hot meal and showing
her around town. A swell guy—but
Eve needs a rich one, so she infiltrates
a society soiree, passing herself off as
“Baroness Czerny.” To her surprise, there is soon money in her purse and
a suite at the Ritz booked for this imaginary baroness, not to mention a
rich new suitor calling on her.
DIR Mitchell Leisen; SCR Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder; PROD Arthur
Hornblow, Jr. US, 1939, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED
#51 on
AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies
#15 on
AFI's 100 Years…100 Laughs
Fri, Feb 14, 7:10; Sun, Feb 16, 12:45
Nominated for six Academy Awards and James Stewart's sole
Oscar win, this intensely likable screwball comedy marked Katharine
Hepburn's return to the top of the Hollywood food chain. Hepburn
plays a demanding socialite about to put her first marriage to arrogant
playboy Cary Grant behind her with an impending marriage to boring
but reliable self-made man John Howard. When Grant learns that SPY
Magazine intends to scandalize her philandering father, he promises
the editor the scoop of a lifetime on the wedding instead. Enter journalist
Stewart who also falls head over heels for Hepburn as the three men vie
for her affections.
DIR George Cukor; SCR Donald Ogden Stewart, from the play by Phillip Barry; PROD
Joseph Mankiewicz. US, 1940, b&w, 112 min. NOT RATED
In time for Valentine's Day, and continuing into March,
AFI Silver offers a selection of great movie romances from
across the decades, from 1930s screwball comedy to
the quirky rom-coms of today. This year’s lineup is bigger
than ever, including a trio of screwball comedies from
the magical movie year of 1939, celebrating their 75th
anniversaries this year.
AFI Member passes accepted at all films in the Screen
Valentines series.
February 7–March 20
Fri, Feb 14, 5:15; Tue, Feb 18, 7:20
After seven years, Cary Grant finally accepts that wife Irene
Dunne was lost at sea, and has her declared legally dead in
order to marry new squeeze Gail Patrick. However, Dunne
survived the shipwreck and has just been rescued along with
hunky Randolph Scott from the South Seas island on which
they’ve been living. Dunne surprises Grant at the lodge where
they honeymooned—and where he has now brought new
wife Patrick—leading to comical complications. But just what
were Scott and Dunne—who nicknamed each other “Adam”
and “Eve”—doing on that island all this time?
DIR Garson Kanin; SCR
Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack, from the poem “Enoch Arden” by Alfred Lord Tennyson; PROD Leo
McCarey. US, 1940, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED
75th Anniversary!
Sat, Feb 8, 11:10 a.m.; Mon, Feb 10, 5:20; Thu, Feb 13, 5:20
Virtuoso violinist Leslie Howard and talented piano teacher
Ingrid Bergman make beautiful music together, but, despite a
whirlwind love affair and boffo international tour, Howard finds
himself pining for the wife and children he left behind. Ingrid
Bergman’s American debut for producer David O. Selznick—
at his career peak, with GONE WITH THE WIND to open
later that same year—saw her reprise her role from Gustaf
Molander’s 1936 Swedish original. The lush cinematography
is by the master of deep focus, Gregg Tolland.
DIR Gregory Ratoff; SCR
George O'Neil; PROD David O. Selznick. US, 1939, b&w, 70 min. NOT RATED
60th Anniversary!
JOURNEY TO ITALY [Viaggio In Italia]
Fri, Feb 21, 7:15; Sat, Feb 22, 1:00; Wed, Feb 26, 9:15
British couple Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders see their
strained marriage come undone on a trip to Naples to dispose
of Sanders’ deceased uncle’s estate. But after threatening each
other with divorce and separating for most of the trip, the two
are surprised to find their union rekindled and their spirits moved
by a visit to the ruins of Pompeii and witnessing a local village’s
religious procession. Roberto Rossellini’s masterpiece has
become a cinematic touchstone, referenced by Martin Scorsese
and Richard Linklater (BEFORE MIDNIGHT), to name a few.
DIR/SCR Roberto Rossellini; SCR Vitaliano Brancati, from the novel “Duo” by Colette; PROD Adolfo
Fossataro. Italy/France, 1954, b&w, 97 min. NOT RATED
50th Anniversary!
Fri, Feb 28, 2:00;
Sat, Mar 1, 1:15
Audrey Hepburn is
Eliza Doolittle, the
Cockney flower girl
who becomes the
project of snobbish
linguistics professor
Henry Higgins
Rex Harrison), who
wagers that he can
transform her into
a polished lady in
six months time but
doesn't count on
falling in love with
her in the process.
Hepburn replaced
Julie Andrews from
the Broadway hit musical (Andrews instead starred in the screen
version of MARY POPPINS that year and won the Best Actress
Oscar). Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Picture and
Best Director for George Cukor, winning on his fifth and final
DIR George Cukor; SCR Alan Jay Lerner, from his stage musical and the play
“Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw; PROD Jack L. Warner. US, 1964, color, 170 min. RATED G
40th Anniversary!
SWEPT AWAY [Travolti da un insolito destino
nell'azzurro mare d'agosto]
Fri, Feb 28, 7:10; Sun, Mar 2, 8:15
This politically provocative romantic farce from Lina Wertmüller—
the first woman to be Oscar-nominated for Best Director, in
1977 for SEVEN BEAUTIES—pits arrogant, unapologetically
capitalist yacht owner Mariangela Melato against dedicated
communist and silently resentful deckhand Giancarlo Giannini in
a battle of wills. When they become lost at sea and marooned
on a desert island, their survival comes to depend on adopting
contradictory political positions from those they had espoused
in civilization, with a primal, decidedly unenlightened take on
gender roles predominating. Two different worlds of inequality—
who’s to say which one is worse?
DIR/SCR Lina Wertmüller; PROD Romano
Cardarelli. Italy, 1974, color, 116 min. In Italian with English subtitles. RATED R
“The most successful fusion of Miss Wertmüller’s two
favorite themes, sex and politics, which are here so
thoroughly and so successfully tangled that they become
a single subject, like two people in love.”
—Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Sat, Mar 8, 11:05 a.m.; Sun, Mar 9, 11:05 a.m.
Lonely Chicago transit clerk Sandra Bullock has a crush
on regular commuter Peter Gallagher. After Gallagher is
nearly killed in a random street crime, Bullock saves his life
and is celebrated as a hero, but a misunderstanding at the
hospital leads his family to believe that she is the fiancée of
the handsome, and now comatose, man. Bullock lets the
misunderstanding go uncorrected, enjoying the company of
Gallagher’s colorful family, including father Peter Boyle, mother
Glynis Johns, godfather Jack Warden and younger brother Bill
Pullman. Soon, she’s falling in love for real with the brother of
her pretend fiancé.
DIR Jon Turteltaub; SCR Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric LeBow; PROD Joe
Roth, Roger Birnbaum. US, 1995, color, 103 min. RATED PG
10th Anniversary!
Tue, Mar 18, 9:30; Thu, Mar 20, 9:30
Nine years after their all-night walking-and-talking experience
as backpackers in Vienna, Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan
Hawke) reunite in Paris. Both have long since gone back to
their lives and lovers, but neither has forgotten that night. In fact,
Jesse has just published a novel inspired by their encounter and,
on the Paris stop of his book tour, the two reunite, reminisce and
rekindle the flame of their abiding infatuation with one another.
Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, shared by writer/
director Richard Linklater with stars Hawke and Delpy (who
reunited nine years later to extend Celine and Jesse’s story into
a trilogy with 2013’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT).
DIR/SCR Richard Linklater;
SCR Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; PROD Anne Walker-McBay. US, 2004, color, 80 min. RATED R
Mon, Mar 17, 9:30; Wed, Mar 19, 9:30
Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship self-help book provides
the inspiration—and comedic complications—for four couples
in a series of interconnected romantic vignettes. Featuring a
breakout performance from Kevin Hart—who stars in the remake
of ABOUT LAST NIGHT opening this Valentine’s Day, not to
mention THINK LIKE A MAN TOO this summer—the appealing
cast includes Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji
P. Henson, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, Sherri Shepherd,
Chris Brown, Jenifer Lewis, Terrence Jenkins and Jerry Ferrara.
DIR Tim Story; SCR Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, from the book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like
a Man” by Steve Harvey; PROD William Packer. US, 2012, color, 122 min. RATED PG-13
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