Reviews for ‘Between the Lines’

“These early Joan Micklin Silver features are uncommonly rich examples of the independent cinema of the period—they’re animated by a pioneering spirit borne out at every stage of the filmmaking, including exhibition itself.”
– Jake Mulligan, Dig Boston

“Director Joan Micklin Silver demonstrates a keen ability to be affectionate toward her characters while remaining clear-eyed about their faults.”
– Sean Burns, The Artery

“More timely than ever. A zippy, lived-in dramedy.”
– Kate Erbland, Indiewire

“An American independent film classic…Micklin Silver’s expertise at balancing humor and heartbreak in this adult coming-of-age story keeps the vibrant ’70s portrait timeless.”
– Maya Montañez Smukler, Women and Hollywood

“Ahead of its time…essential 1970s cinema.”
– Matthew Monagle, Film School Rejects

New Restoration!

Friday, May 17 – Monday, May 20

1977 • dir Joan Micklin Silver w/John Heard, Bruno Kirby, Gwen Welles, Jeff Goldblum, Jill Eikenberry, Joe Morton, Lindsay Crouse, Marilu Henner, Michael J. Pollard • 101 min • DCP

Here’s a priceless opportunity to revisit Boston and Cambridge in the mid-1970s. This scrappy independent film was shot on location in and around the city – including, of course, Harvard Square – as it unfolds the Altman-like tale of the final days of independence for a storied alt-weekly newspaper. Co-scripted by Fred Barron, who had written for both The Boston Phoenix and The Real Paper, BETWEEN THE LINES feels authentically Boston – even in the locations that were shot in New York City and even though the Back Bay Mainline’s office is clearly located in Cambridgeport (at the current location of Gallery 263). The film went on to great success – scoring awards at the Berlin Film Festival and launching a short-lived TV show. It also features an early turn from Jeff Goldblum as the paper’s erstwhile music critic, who seems to spend much more time scoring dates than writing.

Staff Pick: Alissa, Jessie

Ticket Information:

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Friday 5/17
at 8:30 PM
Saturday 5/18
at 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30 PM
Sunday 5/19
at 6:30, 9:00 PM
Monday 5/20
at 5:00, 7:15 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.