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Reunion Weekend 2014

Friday, May 30 – Monday, June 2, 2014

Each year, around the time when the many area universities are celebrating graduation and welcoming back past classes for reunions, the Brattle holds its own sort of reunion. In our case, of course, we’re welcoming back cinematic instead of human alumni. In this series we feature just a few of the amazing films that celebrate their 25th, 50th and even 75th anniversaries this year. This year, we count among them a large number of scathing comedies and social satires from all eras; whether the Cold War condemnation of DR. STRANGELOVE, the gentle class warfare of RULES OF THE GAME, or the more explosive nature of Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING.

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Sex, Lies & Videotape

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25th Anniversary!

(1989) dir Steven Soderbergh w/James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher [100 min; 35mm]
Meanwhile in Baton Rouge, a yuppie couple, Ann (MacDowell) and John (Gallagher) find their lives upended by the arrival of John’s old friend Graham (Spader). Graham’s predilection for videotaping women as they confess their sexual experiences and fantasies becomes the lynchpin that finally leads to life-changing events for the couple. Steven Soderbergh’s feature film debut is a masterful unveiling of the dark, intimate secrets behind the yuppie façade.

“★★★★★ Sex, Lies and Videotape is a startling movie.” – Empire Magazine

“There is a word for those who try to control their surroundings beyond the capacity of a single human being: neurotic… There is no doubt in my mind that Freud would have fawned over this 1989 film. With a budget of less than $2 million, Soderbergh managed to create a powerful study of sexuality that masterfully utilizes dialogue and set design to convey the film’s central themes.” Tessa Mediano examines the neurotic symbology of SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE in her Brattle Film Notes essay, “Sexuality and Set Design”

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Double Feature with DO THE RIGHT THING. Brattle passes accepted.

Do the Right Thing

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25th Anniversary!

(1989) dir Spike Lee w/Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee [120 min; DCP]
In Spike Lee’s masterpiece, racial tensions explode during a summer heatwave in Brooklyn. One of the most controversial and culturally significant films of the ‘80s, DO THE RIGHT THING changed the way an entire generation of Americans looked at racial and social divides – plus it’s funny and moving and has a killer soundtrack!

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  • Monday, June 2 at 7:00 PM

Double Feature with SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE. Brattle passes accepted.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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50th Anniversary!

(1964) dir Jacques Demy w/Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo [91 min; DCP]
One of the most beautifully poignant films of all time, UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG features a young Catherine Deneuve as the daughter of an umbrella shop owner who is head-over-heels in first love with a mechanic (Castelnuovo). When reality intercedes in their relationship, however, the couple finds it necessary to grow up quickly. A colorful masterpiece by director Jacques Demy with a story told entirely through the charming music of Michel Legrand.

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Double Feature with THE RULES OF THE GAME. Brattle passes accepted.

The Rules of the Game

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75th Anniversary!

(1939) dir Jean Renoir w/Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost [110 min; 35mm]
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, THE RULES OF THE GAME is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. – Criterion Collection

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Babes in Arms

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75th Anniversary!

In Tribute to Mickey Rooney!

(1939) dir Busby Berkeley w/Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger [94 min; 35mm]
In this Busby Berkeley version of the Rodgers and Hart musical, the musical numbers are characteristically extravagant and the young stars are endearing as a couple of teenage vaudevillians trying to make it big in showbiz.

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  • Saturday, May 31 at 12:30 PM
  • Sunday, June 1 at 12:30 PM

Single Feature. Brattle passes accepted.

Batman

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25th Anniversary!

(1989) dir Tim Burton w/Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger [126 min; 35mm]
Decades before the current crop of insanely popular superhero films, the obvious choice to bring the legendary hero Batman back to the big screen was Tim Burton. Hot off of his success with Beetlejuice, his version of the Caped Crusader combines a candy-colored comic book look with an attention to character detail that lends it, if not a sense of reality, at least a level of relatability. Including a surprisingly convincing turn by Michael Keaton as both Batman and Bruce Wayne and a suitably scenery-chewing appearance by Jack Nicholson as the Joker.

“First and foremost, this isn’t even a Batman movie. More than anything else, it’s a film by Tim Burton. Yes, it’s about a guy who wears a cape and beats up muggers and fights another guy who dresses like a clown, but it’s still more Burton than Batman. This is the work of a wacko auteur who, in the pages of comic books and in the mythos of cartoons, found a dance partner for his own intensely strange sensibilities.” Jake Mulligan takes on BATMAN in his Brattle Film Notes entry

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Double Feature with GOLDFINGER. Brattle passes accepted.

Goldfinger

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50th Anniversary!

(1964) dir Guy Hamilton w/Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee [110 min; DCP]
Bond is back – again! By the time the third James Bond film rolled around they really had the formula down. Witty but sinister villain: Check. Mute but deadly henchman: Check. Gorgeous and oddly-named woman: Check. Special gadgets and slick, weapon studded car: Check and Check. Also, not to be overlooked, GOLDFINGER contains some of the best and most memorable dialogue from any Bond film.

“Casual fans of James Bond might be surprised to realize that GOLDFINGER is actually the third film in the series. That’s because its predecessors, DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, are vastly different from the formula that GOLDFINGER established. Elements of the Bond formula are in place in the first two films but GOLDFINGER codified them and a successful franchise was born.” Manish Mathur examines Sean Connery’s distinguished place in the James Bond canon in his Brattle Film Notes essay

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Babes in Arms

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75th Anniversary!

In Tribute to Mickey Rooney!

(1939) dir Busby Berkeley w/Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger [94 min; 35mm]
In this Busby Berkeley version of the Rodgers and Hart musical, the musical numbers are characteristically extravagant and the young stars are endearing as a couple of teenage vaudevillians trying to make it big in showbiz.

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  • Saturday, May 31 at 12:30 PM
  • Sunday, June 1 at 12:30 PM

Single Feature. Brattle passes accepted.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

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25th Anniversary!

(1989) dir Peter Greenaway w/Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer [124 min; 35mm]
The dissatisfied wife (Mirren) of a food-obsessed gangster (Gambon) finds solace in the arms of a bookish restaurant patron – until her husband finds out and some truly Shakespearean vengeance and counter vengeance breaks out. For this legendary film, as gorgeous as it is disturbing, Peter Greenaway brings his skill as a painter to full bear as he presents sumptuous, color-coded tableau throughout the narrative.

“THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, AND HER LOVER came around at a time when convoluted neo-noir was a sort of call to arms and the twisty thriller was becoming increasingly erotic, sadistic and – as a result – financially viable. Greenaway’s film is a different beast… Just imagine if BLUE VELVET had Frank Booth in every role and you can get the idea.” Justin LaLiberty writes about The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover for Brattle Film Notes

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  • Friday, May 30 at 9:45 PM

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Dr. Strangelove

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50th Anniversary!

(1964) dir Stanley Kubrick w/Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden [95 min; TBD]
Despite being a 50 year old political satire, Kubrick’s comedic look at the Cold War remains hilariously timeless. From the Brigadier General’s obsession with preserving his ‘essence’ to the intimate-yet-dysfunctional relationship between the President and the head of the USSR and the elaborate set of miscommunications and technical glitches that lead to certain doom, screenwriters Peter George, Terry Southern, and Kubrick brought us a boldly absurd film that rings true today probably more than we are comfortable with. And remember, there’s no fighting in the War Room!

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