SATURDAY MORNING CLASSICS

Programmed Exclusively for Cinema 21 by Elliot Lavine

HOLLYWOOD BEFORE THE CODE 2
Putting the SIN back in Cinema!
March 2 – 30:

Last fall our Pre-Code Hollywood series was such a raging success that we’ve decided to pull the
plug and drop FIVE MORE amazing, shocking, provocative Hollywood films, all produced
between 1931 and 1933…right before the insidious shroud of censorship descended upon
Tinseltown. Every Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

MARCH 2 RED-HEADED WOMAN

One of the most ribald of the slew of sexy comedies that delighted moviegoers during this period. The immortal JEAN HARLOW stars as a sexually liberated young woman with absolutely no compunction about seducing her married boss. He doesn’t seem to have a problem with it either. One of the films that catapulted Harlow to great but brief stardom. Also in the cast: Chester Morris, Una Merkel, Lewis Stone. Story by Anita Loos. Directed by Jack Conway. In Black White. 79 mins. 1932.

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MARCH 9  -  DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror table is given its greatest treatment in this spectacular, eye-popping film, one that today continues to shock and fascinate audiences. After discovering a serum that can transfer human behavior from benevolent to homicidal, kindly Dr. Jekyll begins a reign of violent terror as the demented Mr. Hyde. The lurid sexuality in the film has become nearly as legendary as the remarkable transformational scenes. Starring FREDRIC MARCH, MIRIAM HOPKINS, Rose Hobart. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. In Black & White. 98 mins. 1931.

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MARCH 16  -  GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933

One of the most sensational of all the pre-code musicals, this one has much more than music on its mind. A strong sense of social realism dominates this backstage saga, enough to allow itself to become a strong-willed anthem aimed directly at those most affected by the Great Depression. Starring JOAN BLONDELL, Ruby Keeler, Aline MacMahon, Dick Powell, Warren William, Ginger Rogers. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. In Black & White. 96 mins. 1933.

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MARCH 23  -  TROUBLE IN PARADISE

One of Hollywood’s most treasured sophisticated comedies, this sparkling tale centers around a pair of jewel thieves (Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins) who fall in love along the way. Complicating matters: he begins to have romantic yearnings for the wealthy young woman (Kay Francis) they’ve picked as their next mark. Savagely witty and undeniably sexy, it may well be one of the best films you’ve never seen before! Also in the cast: Charlie Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton, C. Aubrey Smith. Written by Samson Raphaelson and Grover Jones. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. In Black & White. 83 minutes. 1932.

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MARCH 30  -  THREE ON A MATCH

Saving the most outrageous for last is this electrifying stunner about three young women, friends since childhood, who manage to travel down three uniquely different paths in life, leading to catastrophic occurrences involving wanton sexuality, drug addiction, kidnapping, and suicide. A pre-code banquet that will leave you slack-jawed. Starring ANN DVORAK (who steals the film from everyone), BETTE DAVIS, JOAN BLONDELL, Warren William, Humphrey Bogart, and Lyle Talbot. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. In Black & White. 65 mins. 1932.

(PLEASE NOTE): We are offering a discounted ticket of $8 for this screening, as the only transfer available of this movie is below are usual standards at Cinema 21. However, we've determined it's still worth showing Three on a Match in this version.

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5 FROM THE 80s!

APRIL 6 – MAY 4:

Celebrating an influential decade with FIVE indispensable films!

Every Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

APRIL 6  -  AFTER HOURS

A normal, everyday guy goes through one of the most hair-raising adventures of his life in one nerve-wracking night in New York City. With each successive and bizarre turn of events, the stakes are always on the rise. In a style befitting this great director, the film is a unique exploration of the comic nature of life’s unexpected catastrophes. Starring Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Thomas Chong, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, John Heard, Cheech Marin. Directed by MARTIN SCORSESE. In Color. 97 mins. 1985.

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APRIL 13  -  PARIS, TEXAS

A beautiful reflection on the reclamation of a lost life. Picturesque rendering of Sam Shepherd’s contemplative study of a lost soul in search of his past. Spectacular Southwestern flavor and atmosphere provided by ace cinematographer Robby Muller. Winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassia Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clement, Hunter Carson. Screenplay by Sam Shepherd and L. M. Kit Carson. Directed by WIM WENDERS. In Color. 150 mins. 1984. 

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APRIL 20  -  SOMETHING WILD

Wild is the word for this deliriously rambunctious film, full of jaw-dropping twists and surprises. A shy and awkward young man is taken for the ride of his life by an unimaginably unhinged and uninhibited young woman of the world. This reckless journey proves to be much more than either of them could have possibly bargained for. Expect the unexpected in this completely different kind of comic thriller; a genuine cult film from the iconic director of Silence of the Lambs. Starring Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta, Margaret Colon. Cameos by John Waters and John Sayles. Directed by JONATHAN DEMME. In Color. 113 mins. 1986.

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APRIL 27  -  DINER

The film that Vanity Fair called “the most influential film of the 80s.” A cast of virtual nobodies (including the director) became immediately ingrained in the public’s imagination in its aftermath—a film seemingly about nothing other than the convivial chit chat between a group of young guys on the verge of sudden manhood in Baltimore, 1959. But of course, it’s so much more than that. The once in a lifetime cast (most, if not all of them being seen for the first time) includes Mickey Rourke, Keven Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Ellen Barkin, Tim Daly, Paul Reiser, Michael Tucker. Written and directed by Barry Levenson. In Color. 110 mins. 1982. 

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MAY 4  -  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 

Who but Steven Spielberg could have brought such a magical cinematic experience to the big screen? No one, that’s who. The simple story of a ten-year-old boy who befriends an alien from another planet who finds itself stranded and alone on Earth remains one of the key films of the 1980s. As heartwarming as anything this great director has ever given us and every bit as inspiring as it was forty-two years ago. Starring Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton. Written and directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG. In Color. 115 mins. 1982.

(PLEASE NOTE): This will be the original 1982 theatrical cut. 

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