Great Romances II

Repertory Series
Friday, February 9 - Thursday, February 15, 2007

Series IllustrationLast year we celebrated Valentine's Day not only with the Brattle's traditional screenings of the monumental romantic classic CASABLANCA but also with a brief series of some other fun, quirky and memorable romances… and this year we've decided to repeat the experience. Join us (and, perhaps, your date) for everything from the cult-classic (THE PRINCESS BRIDE), to the obsessive (THE MUMMY and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN), to the hilarious (THE PHILDELPHIA STORY), to the neurotic (ANNIE HALL), to the flat-out fabulous (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S). Happy Valentine's Day from the Brattle!

See below for full line-up, schedule and descriptions for this series.

Film Descriptions, Dates & Showtimes

Fri 2/9 at 5:30, 7:30, 9:30

(1987) dir Rob Reiner w/Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Andre The Giant, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Cook [98 min]

William Goldman’s hilarious fairy tale spoof comes to the silver screen as nothing less than one of the best fantasy films of the past 20 years. Gloriously over the top, swashbuckling swordplay and “wuv… twue wuv” make for a fabulous film for all ages!

Sat 2/10 at 12:15, 3:45, 7:15

Double Feature w/THE MUMMY
(1935) dir James Whale w/Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger [75 min]

“The Monster demands a mate!” Ernest Thesinger could not be more over-the-top as Dr. Pretorius, the even madder scientist, who impresses upon Dr. Frankenstein that his monster needs a companion – and succeeds in extorting Frankenstein into making a bride for his Monster. Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester perform admirably under pounds of make-up and their strange, largely wordless courtship is as painful and emotional as any great romance.

Sat 2/10 at 2:00, 5:30

(1932) dir Karl Freund w/Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners [73 min]

Can any love story really die? Karloff plays the sinister Imhotep, a mummy back from the dead and on an obsessive hunt for his long-long-long-lost love. When the beautiful Zita Johann appears as the spitting image of his Princess Anckesen-Amon, and is her apparent reincarnation, he engineers to mesmerize her so that he can rejoin with his beloved. One of the creepiest and most atmospheric Universal Horror films.

Sun at 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

(1940) dir George Cukor w/Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Ruth Hussey, Virginia Weidler [112 min]

Hands down one of the funniest and most beloved screwball romantic comedies of all time (hey, it even made a recent appearance on The Gilmore Girls), THE PHILADELPHIA STORY combines a cast of the wittiest and most accomplished actors in Hollywood history with fantastic direction by George Cukor. The resulting madcap escapade revolves around a tabloid reporter (Stewart) sent to a society wedding who falls for the free-spirited bride (Hepburn) while she contemplates a reunion with an old flame (Grant). Of course, it is Virginia Weidler who almost steals the show as Hepburn’s smart-alec younger sister and mistress of innapropriate piano numbers.

Mon 2/12 at 7:30 & Tue 2/13 at 5:30, 9:45

(1977) dir Woody Allen w/Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Colleen Dewhurst, Christopher Walken [93 min]

ANNIE HALL is without a doubt one of Woody Allen’s most memorable and iconic films. True to form, Allen stars as the neurotic nebbish Alvy Singer opposite Diane Keaton’s free-spirited Annie Hall. Tackling the experiences of Annie and Alvy’s relationship in a series of vignettes and flashbacks ANNIE HALL is both strikingly comedic and sweetly romantic. Allen manages to make Alvy both overwhelmingly insecure and strangely endearing. With ANNIE HALL, Allen manages to tap into that sliver of neurosis in all of us and despite their foibles we can’t help but adore the misfit couple.

Mon 2/12 at 5:15, 9:30 & Tue 2/13 at 7:30

Double Feature w/ANNIE HALL
(1961) dir Blake Edwards w/Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard [115 min]

Another quintessentially quirky New York City love story, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S features Audrey Hepburn in her most iconic role – that of the free-spirited proto-hipster Holly Golightly. When straightlaced George Peppard is swept into her whirlwind he falls head over heels, but can a spirit like Holly’s be caught?

“A completely unbelievable but wholly captivating flight into fancy composed of unequal dollops of comedy, romance, poignancy, funny colloquialisms and Manhattan’s swankiest East Side areas captured in the loveliest of colors.” – The New York Times, 1961

Wed 2/14 at 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 & Thu 2/15 at 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Tickets $10 - No passes or discounts
(1942) dir Michael Curtiz w/Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Dooley Wilson [102 min]

The Brattle's annual celebration of Valentine's Day! Buy your tickets early! This one sells out fast! Tickets are $10 for all and are available now (see advance tickets button at top of window).

This indelible classic is one of the Brattle's most treasured films, and we show our love by sharing it with our audiences each Valentine's Day! Come down to the Brattle and pop a cork or two (maybe even pop a question…) with us as we celebrate once again the star-crossed lovers Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Bergman) as they try to sort through the politics, both personal and international, of Nazi-occupied Morocco just prior to America's entrance into World War II. "Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."

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