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Film Series Special Event: Top Hat

Join us for an old-fashioned night at the movies: a 35mm screening of the 1935 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers picture Top Hat, preceded by a newsreel, short, and cartoon from the era — just like it would have been seen in its original release.

The most successful of the Astaire-Rogers films, Top Hat sees the two singing and dancing, flirting and bickering, as comedic and romantic mix-ups take them from London to an exquisite Art Deco rendering of Venice (as only Hollywood could build it). The score boasts a wealth of hummable Irving Berlin favorites, including “Cheek to Cheek” and “Isn’t This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain).”

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Point Blank

1967. USA. Dir: John Boorman. With Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson. 92 min.

 

After his double-crossing partner steals his money, runs away with his wife, and leaves him for dead, Marvin’s brutish criminal goes on the warpath. Stopping at nothing to get his money back, he tears though seedy California leaving in his wake the bodies of friend and foe alike.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Clueless

1995. USA. Dir: Amy Heckerling. With Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd. 97 min.

 

A high school queen bee devotes her persuasive charms to manipulation, matchmaking, and makeovers in a modern-day take on Jane Austen’s Emma. Quintessentially ‘90s and delectably ditzy, Heckerling’s witty dialogue (and accuracy in depicting the terror of LA freeways) has secured Clueless a much-loved place in film history. Think you’ll leave Goldsmith in a bad mood? As if!

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Salaam Bombay!

1988. India. Dir: Mira Nair. With Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal. 113 min.

 

Before plying her trade in Hollywood, Nair earned international acclaim for this gritty neorealist drama starring nonprofessional street children. A boy is banished by his family and left to work for a travelling circus, but a series of heartbreaks exposes him deeper into a poverty-stricken urban underbelly of child labor, prostitution, and drug dealing.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: The Truman Show

1998. USA. Dir: Peter Weir. With Jim Carrey, Laura Linney. 103 min.

 

Have you ever had the funny feeling that everyone you’ve ever met is an actor and your life is secretly an über-popular staged reality TV show broadcast to the world 24 hours a day? Those prone to paranoia beware: this poignant satire’s story of a man whose perfect world begins to (literally) fall apart may just make you question everything.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

1963. USA. Dir: Stanley Kramer. With Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar. 163 min.

 

A group of strangers embark on a wild hunt for some buried treasure, fighting tooth and nail along the way. This madcap epic boasts a cast chock-full of comedy legends and more jokes than you could ever count – including one of the best banana-peel pratfalls to ever grace the screen.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: The Raid 2

2014. Indonesia. Dir: Gareth Evans. With Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra. 150 min.

 

Oozing style yet blessedly devoid of substance, this pulpy flick retains the simple and effective plot of its predecessor: one righteous cop beats the bloody bejeezus out of an entire criminal organization (this time while undercover to avenge his brother). Be prepared for death-by-broom-handle, the most brutal hammer fight since Oldboy, and overall action insanity.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Beau Travail

1999. France. Dir: Claire Denis. With Denis Lavant, Michel Subor. 92 min.

Among a group of highly disciplined French Foreign Legion soldiers stationed on the coast of Djibouti, latent tensions abound when their officious sergeant becomes jealous of the commanding officer’s attention to a younger, charismatic (and better-looking) new recruit. As the sergeant devises a sinister ploy to discredit the young man, tragedy unfolds.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Ida

2013. Poland. Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski. With Agata Trzebuchowska. 106 min.

 

A nun-to-be discovers that she comes from an eradicated Jewish family and sets off with her estranged aunt to uncover the dark secrets of a past left buried after the war. The stark and desolate Polish landscape that pervades throughout wordlessly articulates the quiet dread of two lost souls who have yet to find their way.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Make Way For Tomorrow

1937. USA. Dir: Leo McCarey. With Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi. 92 min.

 

An elderly couple lose their home, only to face separation and struggle when none of their five children will take in both parents at the same time. Perceptive, calm, and pure, this tale of humor and heartbreak served as inspiration for Ozu’s Tokyo Story. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to call your grandma.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free