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.

Wed 7/16 Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers (1958)
3:30, 5:30, 7:30

Wed 7/23 The Breakfast Club
3:30, 5:30, 9:30
American Teen
Free Preview Screening!
7:30

Wed 7/30 The Swimmer
3:00, 5:00, 7:00 ticket symbol

Wed 8/6 The Ice Storm
2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Wed 8/13Halloween
5:30, 7:30, 9:30

Wed 8/20All That Heaven Allows
3:30, 5:30, 7:30

Wed 8/27Juno
3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30
Repertory Series
Disturbed Suburbs
Wednesdays, July 16 - August 27, 2008

 

FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
top of pageWednesday, July 16 at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30Invasion Of The Body Snatchers ticket symbol
(1956) dir Don Siegel w/Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter [80 min]

The undeniable height of paranoid filmmaking in the US, the 1950s also saw the start of a telling shift in the population – out of the major cities and into the suburbs. BODYSNATCHERS is typically read as a thinly veiled commentary on the threat of Communism but it can also be seen as a telling exposé of the conformity that threatened to choke individuality out of suburbia. By now, the plot is part of American myth – mysterious pods from outer space create perfect, complacent clones of their human ‘hosts’ while a human doctor pieces together the threat and vainly tries to warn the populace.

Read the Brattle Theatre Film Notes for INVASION...

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageWednesday, July 23 at 3:30, 5:30*, 9:30Double Feature w/AMERICAN TEEN
The Breakfast Club ticket symbol
(1985) John Hughes w/Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy [97 min]

*Ticket holders at today's 5:30 show get priority seating at the free preview screening of AMERICAN TEEN at 7:30. (Please Note: Today's showtimes were listed incorrectly in the month view on our print calendar - we apologize for the error.)

As we jump from the 50s to the 80s, we join a suburban program already in progress – the conformity of 50s America has spread to a third generation but they have fractured into almost archetypes at this point. 80s teen flick king, Hughes, takes these archetypes (the nerd, jock, derelict, etc) and puts them in the Petri dish of Saturday detention at a suburban high school. The teens find something with each other that they have been trained not to expect – common ground and a nascent sense of community that, hopefully, they will carry into the rest of their lives. Along the way, THE BREAKFAST CLUB manages something remarkable itself: it manages to be utterly sentimental while at the same time entirely true to life.

Read the Brattle Theatre Film Notes for THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageWednesday, July 23 at 7:30Free Preview Screening!
American Teen
(2008 Nanette Burstein [95 min]

Ticket buyers for the 6pm show of THE BREAKFAST CLUB get priority seating for this special free screening. (Please Note: Today's showtimes were listed incorrectly in the month view on our print calendar - we apologize for the error.)

AMERICAN TEEN is the touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of four teenagers - the jock, the popular girl, the artsy girl and the geek - in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future. Don’t miss your chance to be the first see this great documentary.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageWednesday, July 30 at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 The Swimmer ticket symbol
(1968) Frank Perry w/Burn Lancaster [95 min]

This underrated allegory of 1960s suburban dissatisfaction features Burt Lancaster in one of his most interesting roles. He plays Neddy Merrill, an apparently happy and successful suburbanite who, one evening, startles his friends by declaring his intention to “swim home.” He has noticed that all of the houses in his neighborhood have pools and he decides that he will swim in each one until he reaches his own. THE SWIMMER is a sad, strange film about loneliness among those who seem to have everything.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageWednesday, August 6 at 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 The Ice Storm ticket symbol
(1997) Ang Lee w/Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes [112 min]

Ang Lee’s spectacular and note-perfect reproduction of 1970s suburbia features a powerhouse cast portraying two intersecting families. Husbands and wives drift apart, teenagers drift towards the city, and the rest just sort of drift – slipping on moral thin ice until the real ice storm arrives and they are all shocked back to reality. Beautiful, touching and thoughtful, THE ICE STORM is truly a film to be savored on the big screen.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageWednesday, August 13 at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 Halloween ticket symbol
(1978 John Carpenter w/Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, P.J. Soles [91 min]

Beginning with John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, the exaggerated underbelly of suburban teen life came to life in the alternate reality of the slasher film. These films painted a world where adults were either absent or ineffectual or, occasionally, the ultimate the cause of their children’s terror. The slasher film craze reached its apex in the 80s with multiple sequels and imitators, but HALLOWEEN remains in a class all its own. It’s Halloween night and Laurie (Curtis) is babysitting. Everything seems quiet and peaceful, despite her having seen a strange man during the day, until escaped mental patient Michael Myers turns up and starts terrorizing Laurie and her friends.

Read the Brattle Theatre Film Notes for HALLOWEEN

Limited edition hand silkscreened poster available at the box office for $15 on the day of the show, or order it online for $20 (includes S&H).

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageWednesday, August 20 at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 All That Heaven Allows ticket symbol
(1955) Douglas Sirk w/Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson [89 min]

Douglas Sirk, the legendary purveyor of mid-century melodrama, directs this story of a middle-aged widow (Wyman) with two grown children who falls for Rock Hudson’s younger man (who wouldn’t). The only problem is that Jane is a member of the country club set and Rock is a gardener. Despite their differences, the two start a romance but will upper class suburban morals get in the way of them finding happiness. Many of Sirk’s films were belittled at their release but over time they have aged into perfectly preserved pockets of ‘50s social norms and their consequences.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageWednesday, August 27 at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 Juno ticket symbol
(2007 Jason Reitman w/Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney [96 min]

Quirky 16-year-old Juno (Page) finds herself pregnant after a one-time encounter with her best friend Paulie Bleeker (Cera). After initially choosing to have an abortion, Juno changes her mind and instead finds a wanting family in the Pennysaver to whom to give her unborn child to. Vanessa (Garner) and Mark (Bateman) Loring are the picture of normal, Vanessa especially contrasting with Juno’s sharp wit and pragmatic personality. As her belly grows so do her relationships with Paulie and the Lorings, revealing that things in suburbia are not always the way that they seem. Forget the Oscar hype and the backlash, this cleverly written film featuring one of our favorite young actresses and a great supporting cast (especially Simmons and Janney as Juno’s parents) is a well-crafted gem.

Original Theatrical Trailer

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