Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances
February 4 - March 3
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 the quirky rom-coms of today. The series begins with a reprise of beloved classics BRINGING UP BABY and THE PALM BEACH STORY, which were snowed out by last year's snowmageddon!
BRINGING UP BABY
Put-upon paleontologist Cary Grant is feeling the pressure: his brontosaurus is just one intercostal clavicle away from completion, he has an important meeting coming up with donor prospect May Robson, and his wedding to straitlaced Virginia Walker looms. Then he meets kooky free spirit Katharine Hepburn. Before he knows what hit him, he's searching for her escaped pet leopard, Baby, through the wilds of Connecticut and the missing dinosaur bone that her dog buried—and falling in love. A legendary flop when first released, Howard Hawks' energetic masterpiece has come to be seen as the definitive screwball comedy.
DIR/PROD Howard Hawks; SCR Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde. US, 1938, b&w, 102 min. NOT RATED
Fri, Feb 4, 9:15; Sat, Feb 5, 6:30; Thu, Feb 10, 7:00
THE PALM BEACH STORY
#77 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
Claudette Colbert intends to leave her husband, Joel McCrea, a struggling
New York architect, and move to Palm Beach in a matter-of-fact search for a wealthy husband—to help fund the work of her true love, McCrea. Not willing to give her up, McCrea pursues her, arriving to find filthy rich Rudy Vallee in the picture. Passed off as Colbert's brother while he hangs around in hopes of wooing her back, McCrea catches the eye of Vallee's vivacious sister, Mary Astor. Many comic couplings and escapes ensue in Preston Sturges' delirious screwball comedy, one of film historian Stanley Cavell's quintessential "comedies of remarriage."
DIR/SCR Preston Sturges; PROD Buddy G. DeSylva. US, 1942, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED
Sun, Feb 6, 4:10; Tue, Feb 8, 9:10; Wed, Feb 9, 6:30 (Montgomery College show); Thu, Feb 10, 9:10
Audrey Hepburn sparkles in the title role as the chauffeur's daughter who pines in secret for her father's employer's son, playboy William Holden. She's packed off to Paris to forget her heartbreak and returns a fashionable woman of the world—and Holden takes notice. So, too, does his older brother, Humphrey Bogart, who intends for his kid brother to make a good marriage with a wealthy heiress. Running interference, Bogie steps out with Sabrina himself—and into a comic love triangle.
DIR/SCR/PROD Billy Wilder; SCR Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman, from the play "Sabrina Fair" by Taylor. US, 1953, b&w, 113 min. NOT RATED
Fri, Feb 11, 6:00; Sat, Feb 12, 2:30, 7:00; Sun, Feb 13, 8:30; Mon, Feb 14, 7:00
WEST SIDE STORY
Sharks! Jets! Ten Oscar wins, including Best Picture, for the dazzling screen adaptation of Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired musical smash, a tale of forbidden love starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. Unforgettable for the brilliant Leonard Bernstein—Stephen Sondheim score (with songs including "Maria," "Tonight," "When You're a Jet" and "America") and Jerome Robbins' vibrant choreography, featuring the Oscar-winning footwork of George Chakiris and Rita Moreno.
DIR/PROD Robert Wise; DIR Jerome Robbins; SCR Ernest Lehman, from the musical by Arthur Laurents and Jerome Robbins, music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. US, 1961, color, 151 min. NOT RATED
Fri, Feb 11, 8:30; Sat, Feb 12, 9:30; Sun, Feb 13, 5:30
New "Sing-A-Long" 35mm Print!
"GREASE is bigger than AMERICAN IDOL, badder than HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and better than GLEE (I said it!). GREASE is, was and will always be the word."
– Sasha Perl-Raver, She Knows Entertainment
Your chills will be multiplyin': the beloved high school romance of good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and bad boy Danny (John Travolta) returns in a new sing-along edition, with animated subtitles. Become hopelessly devoted all over again...
DIR Randal Kleiser; SCR Bronte Woodard,
Allan Carr, based on the musical by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey; PROD Allan Carr, Robert Stigwood. US, 1978, color, 110 min. RATED PG-13
Fri, Feb 18, 7:00; Sat, Feb 19, 7:45, 10:00; Thu, Feb 24, 9:30
SOMEWHERE IN TIME
"Beyond fantasy. Beyond obsession. Beyond time itself...he will find her." On opening night, playwright Christopher Reeve meets an old woman who presses a gold pocket watch into his hand and begs him to "come back to me" before disappearing. Some years later, at an old hotel, Reeve becomes taken with the beautiful woman in an old framed photograph (Jane Seymour), and learns she was a famous actress from the early 1900s. She was also the mysterious old woman who visited him that night. Now obsessed, he consults an eccentric with a theory about time travel via hypnotic projection, hoping to make a leap into the past to find true love.
DIR Jeannot Szwarc; SCR Richard Matheson, based on his novel "Bid Time Return"; PROD Stephen Deutsch. US, 1980, color, 103 min. RATED PG
Fri, Feb 18, 9:20; Sun, Feb 20, 8:45; Mon, Feb 21, 9:20
Much to Will Thacker's (Hugh Grant) surprise, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), Hollywood's favorite leading lady, drops into his Notting Hill bookshop. Brief pleasantries are exchanged between the poised celebrity and the charmingly fumbling bookseller, who soon meet cute again--literally bumping into each other on the street. More pleasantries, but flirtatious this time...will they meet again? The third time's the charm in this warm and witty romance written by Richard Curtis (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, LOVE ACTUALLY) and directed by Roger Michell (PERSUASION, MORNING GLORY).
DIR Roger Michell; SCR/PROD Richard Curtis; PROD Duncan Kenworthy. UK, 1999, color, 124 min. RATED PG-13
Fri, Feb 25, 7:00; Sun, Feb 27, 9:10; Tue, Mar 1, 7:00
It's the holiday season in London and ten separate love stories are unfolding—and intertwining—all over town in rom-com veteran Richard Curtis' (screenwriter of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, BRIDGET JONES' DIARY and NOTTING HILL) directorial debut. The ensemble cast assembles some of the finest acting talent of the day, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, Rowan Atkinson and more. This surfeit of talent is matched by an abundance of laughter, warmth, grace and good cheer—as the prime minister (Hugh Grant) himself says, "I've got a sneaking suspicion...love actually is all around."
DIR/SCR Richard Curtis; PROD Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Duncan Kenworthy. UK/US, 2003, color, 135 min. RATED R
Sat, Feb 26, 7:20; Sun, Feb 27, 4:30; Thu, Mar 3, 7:00