SERIES AT A GLANCE
All shows $9.50 general admission, $7.50 w/college ID; $6.50 seniors & children under 12. All shows before 5:00 PM are $7.50 bargain matinees.

Fri 2/8 Harold & Maude
5:30, 7:30, 9:30

SAT 2/9 Double Feature! New Prints!
Wings Of Desire
2:30, 7:00
Beauty And The Beast
5:00, 9:30

Sun 2/10 Double Feature!
Adam's Rib
3:30, 7:30
His Girl Friday
1:30, 5:30, 9:30
Canceled: Bringing Up Baby

MON 2/11 Better Off Dead
5:30, 7:30, 9:30

Tue 2/12 Amelie
7:00
The Science Of Sleep
4:45, 9:30

Wed 2/13 & ThU 2/14 Casablanca
5:00, 7:15, 9:45
Repertory Series
Great Romances III
Friday, February 8 - Thursday, February 14, 2008

Building off of the Brattle’s longstanding tradition of screening CASABLANCA on Valentine’s Day, this marks the third year in a row that we have incorporated that screening into a wider festival celebrating classic, quirky, and occasionally bizarre cinematic romances. This year features the (seriously) May-December romance of HAROLD & MAUDE, the foreign fantasies of WINGS OF DESIRE and Jean Cocteau’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (legendary as off- and on-screen lovers) in ADAM’S RIB, the classic 80s surreal teen romance BETTER OFF DEAD, and more! Join us for this celebration of the full range of romance on screen!

FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
Friday, February 8 at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 70s Counter-Culture Classic!
Harold & Maude
(1971) dir Hal Ashby w/Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles [91 min]

The much-beloved HAROLD & MAUDE is one of the oddest of oddball romances… A morbid, rich twenty-something (Cort) meets his first true love – a septuagenarian free spirit (Gordon) – at a funeral. This Seventies counterculture classic by renegade director Hal Ashby is both blackly comical and sweetly romantic as the honesty of the relationship between Harold and Maude unfolds onscreen. Utterly charming.

Trailer
Saturday, February 9 at 2:30, 7:00 Double Feature w/BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
New 35mm Print!

Wings Of Desire
(1987) dir Wim Wenders w/Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Peter Falk [127 min]

An angel (Ganz) who spends his time invisibly consoling and observing humanity falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist (Dommartin) and eventually, in possibly one of cinema’s most significant romantic gestures, gives up his wings to descend to Earth and pursue her. All the while he is observed by his former angelic partner (Sander) and advised by the actor Peter Falk (playing himself) who may have his own secret past.

Original Theatrical Trailer
Saturday, February 9 at 5:00, 9:30Double Feature w/WINGS OF DESIRE
New 35mm Print!

Beauty And The Beast
(1946) dir Jean Cocteau w/Jean Marais, Josette Day [96 min]

Jean Cocteau's love letter to fairy tale, cinema, and his own muse (Marais) stands as one of the most fantastic of onscreen romances. The old story of the gracious Belle, abused by her shrewish sisters, who finds herself a prisoner of the ferocious Beast - only to discover that his gruff exterior hides a tender heart - is told with amazing poetry and visual magic.

Trailer
Sunday, FEbruary 10 at 3:30, 7:30Double Feature w/HIS GIRL FRIDAY
Adam's Rib
(1949) dir George Cukor w/Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell [101 min]

The romantic legend of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy’s real-life affair sometimes overshadows the actual work they did together – and that’s a shame – for the films the pair made together are almost uniformly excellent. Their onscreen chemistry (not surprisingly) is so powerful that it’s impossible not to see them as two soul mates bantering. In this, one of their best-known collaborations, they play rival attorneys on opposite sides of an attempted murder case… that just happen to be married to each other. The fact that the case revolves around a woman who tried to kill her loutish husband doesn’t help their marital relations much. Incidentally, the film was co-scripted by Ruth Gordon – Maude, of HAROLD & MAUDE.
Sunday, February 10 at 1:30, 5:30, 9:30 CanceledWe regret that we will be unable to screen BRINGING UP BABY - HIS GIRL FRIDAY will show in its place.
Canceled: Bringing Up Baby
Sunday, February 10 at 1:30, 5:30, 9:30Double Feature w/ADAM'S RIB
Screens in place of BRINGING UP BABY

His Girl Friday
(1940) dir Howard Hawks w/Cary Grant, Rosalind Russel [92 min]

This typically fast-paced comedy by Hawks, features Grant, at his snarky finest as a tabloid editor, and Russell, as his ace crime reporter and ex-wife. She's re-engaged to another guy but puts her impending marriage on hold to cover a hot murder story, and Cary takes full advantage of the situation – but is it revenge or still-smoldering love?
Monday, February 11 at 5:30, 7:30, 9:3080s Teen Romance!
Better Off Dead
(1985) dir Savage Steve Holland w/John Cusack, Curtis Armstrong, Diane Franklin, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Dan Schneider [97 min]

One of the most surreal of the 80s teen romances, BETTER OFF DEAD features John Cusack as Lane Meyer, a high school misfit whose attempts to impress the popular girl of his dreams always backfire. When a French exchange student moves into the neighborhood his chances at romance seem to improve, but her tasteless host family have other plans for her. BETTER OFF DEAD is boosted above the typical 80s flicks by the truly bizarre guidance of writer/director Holland and the presence of Lanes’s hilarious buddy Charles De Mar, played by the always entertaining character actor Curtis Armstrong.

Original Theatrical Trailer
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00Double Feature w/THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP
Amelie
(2001) dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet w/Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Dominique Pinon [122 min]

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s magical romantic comedy is full of sensory richness and small revelations, all tied into the story of Amelie (Tautou), a Parisian waitress who one day decides to devote her life to helping others achieve happiness. A film that is both majestic and poignant, with a sensibility all its own, AMELIE is a whimsical modern classic that has become a favorite of film lovers worldwide.

Original Theatrical Trailer
Tuesday, February 12 at 4:45, 9:30Double Feature w/AMELIE
The Science Of Sleep
(2006) dir Michel Gondry w/Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat [105 min]

Another whimsical French romance, this one from the fertile imagination of Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind). Stéphane (Bernal) is a shy young man, smitten by his neighbor Stéphanie (Gainsbourg), who becomes convinced that he can share his rich dream life with her. Gondry employs dream logic and imagery to astounding (and sometimes confounding) effect in this surreal and delightful film that, ultimately, proves how close to reality our most seemingly outrageous fantasies sometimes are.

Original Theatrical Trailer
Wednesday, Feb 13 & Thursday, Feb 14 at 5:00, 7:15, 9:45Happy Valentine's Day!
Casablanca
(1942) dir Michael Curtiz w/Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains [102 min]

It almost seems unnecessary to describe the myriad delights of CASABLANCA, nevertheless… From the star-crossed romance between Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Bergman), to the complex intrigue of German-occupied French Morocco during WWII, to the supremely entertaining witty repartee between nightclub owner Rick and French police chief Louis (Rains), to that wonderfully heartbreaking airport farewell (never has the phrase “hill-of-beans” been used so romantically), CASABLANCA holds its own as one of the best and most enduringly entertaining films of all time. The Brattle’s connection with the film is the stuff of legend and our now traditional Valentine’s Day screenings are always sell-outs… be sure to get your tickets early.

Fan Tribute, "As Time Goes By"

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