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Thursday, July 31,2014

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KID BROTHER (1927)

Silent film starring Harold Lloyd and featuring live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Harold Lloyd’s comic masterpiece Kid Brother is a masterful blend of great comedy and sentiments. Harold Hickory (Lloyd) is smitten by Mary Powers travelling with her late father’s medicine show. When the show burns down, Harold invites her to stay at his house with his father and brothers. When the town’s money is stolen by thugs, Harold’s father is accused, and with encouragement from Mary, Harold sets out to find the real crooks. No matter how many times you watch this film you can always find something you did not notice previously. The film is so beautifully shot that it has an idyllic quality and its structure is something to be marveled at. It is so delicately built that every frame, even every prop serves a purpose for either characterization or as link between gags, or both. At Chautauqua. — Chautauqua

OBVIOUS CHILD

A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Anchored by a breakout performance from Jenny Slate, this winning discovery is packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. At Boedecker. —Boedecker Theater

TEENAGE

The concept of “teenagers” was invented during the last century. With a changing tide the world over and a struggle erupting between generations, the new culture of youth took shape. Whether in America, England or Germany; whether Flappers or Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, they were all a new idea of youth. They were all ‘Teenagers.’ This living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th century diary entries forms an immersive history. At Boedecker. —Boedecker Theater

VENUS IN FUR

This film is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella. An actress attempts to convince a director how she’s perfect for a role in his upcoming production. Smart, funny and ferocious twist of sex and power. (Roman Polanski, 2013, France, 1:36, NR). At Boedecker. —Boedecker Theater


WORLD CIRCUS

Following five circus acts from around the world to the “Academy Awards” of circus competitions, the Monte Carlo Circus Festival, this family-friendly film reveals the spectacular life, history and culture inside a world that we usually just see on the surface. Get a behind-the-curtain look at clowns, acrobats, and animal trainers who train to compete for the top prize. (Angela Snow, 2013, USA, 1:03, NR) At Boedecker. —Boedecker Theater   

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