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Romantics Anonymous

| 2012 | 80 min. | | ,

Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angelique as his new sales associate. Realizing she’s attracted…

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The Quiet Man

, | 1952 | 129 min. | | , ,
A Film by John Ford

Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions an irresistible valentine to the “Auld Sod” in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his…

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Hello I Must Be Going

2012 | 95 min. | | , ,
A Film by Todd Louiso

Selected as the opening night film for Sundance 2012, HELLO I MUST BE GOING features acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey (WIN WIN, UP IN THE AIR, TWO AND A HALF MEN) in her breakout role as Amy, a recent divorcée who seeks refuge in the suburban Connecticut home of her parents (Blythe Danner…

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Classic Film Wednesday Night, The Mikado (1939)

, | 1939 | 90 Minutes | | , ,
Filmmaker Victor Schertzinger

Though it boasts an American director and star, this Technicolor cinemadaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Mikado is a faithful record of what it must have been like to attend a performance of Britain’s D’Oyly Carte opera company. Radio tenor Kenny Baker stars as Nanki-Poo, the wand’ring minstrel who wanders…

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PICNIC (1955)

| 1955 | 115 mins | | ,

One of the biggest box-office attractions of the 1950s, Picnic was adapted by Daniel Taradash from the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge play. William Holden plays Hal Carter, a handsome drifter who ambles into a small Kansas town during the Labor Day celebration to look up old college chum Alan (Cliff Robertson, in…

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RENOIR

| 2012 | 111 mins | | ,
Gilles Bourdos

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is…

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A REEL FOOD EVENT — THE HELP and the Art Cliff Diner

| 2011 | 130 min. | | ,
Directd by Tate Taylor

  Join us for a double treat in June. See THE HELP on the Big Screen at the MV Film Center starting at 4 pm, and then afterwards join us for a pre-fixed menu of soul food at the Art Cliff Diner at around 6 pm. Dinner Option (immediately following the movie): You must…

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Classic Film Night — Dangerous When Wet

| 1953 | 95 min. | | , ,

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Join us for our final Classic Film Night before the summer season kicks off!  The Classic Film Series will return in the fall. For our last hurrah we’re celebrating the late Esther Williams with the 1963 musical comedy classic Dangerous When Wet. Dangerous When Wet marks an important milestone in the life and career…

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midnight@ten: The Graduate

| 1967 | 106 min. | | , ,
A Film by Mike Nichols

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If “The Graduate” were released today, it might not be in the form of a film.  The pervasive angst on display in this classic might instead be catalogued as a series of tweets by a character I am going to christen @benjaminb46, and which I will imagine, briefly, for you now. June…

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Much Ado About Nothing

| 2013 | 107 min. | | ,
A Film by Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon, acclaimed filmmaker of last summer’s big-budget masterpiece The Avengers, has chosen as his next project one of The Bard’s great comedies.  Much Ado is chock-full of the bawdy humor, gender-bending, mistaken identity and true love we expect from Shakespeare. During the grueling shoot for The Avengers, Whedon would often gather a group…

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Love is All You Need

| 2012 | 116 min. | | ,

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LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is directed by Golden Globe (R) and Oscar (R) winning German filmmaker Susanne Bier, written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Philip (Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Dyrholm) is a…

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Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)

| 1993 | 105 mins | | ,
Alfonso Arau

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Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale’s heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for…

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Classic Film Night: Loves of a Blonde

| 1965 | 82 Mins | | , , ,
Miloš Forman

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With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate search for love—that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her longings. A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, Loves of…

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Jigokumon (Gate of Hell) (1953)

| 1953 | 89 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa

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Originally released as Jigokumen, Gate of Hell was one of the most popular Japanese imports of the 1954-55 American film season. Set in 12th-century feudal Japan, the film stars Kazuo Hasegawa as Moritoh, a samurai whose courage in defending his ruler is to be rewarded with anything he desires. He desires the…

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Classic Film Wednesday: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

| 2000 | 97 mins | | , ,
Directed by Kar Wai Wong

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Auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about unrequited love that, like his earlier work, swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works…

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NY Film Critics “Sneak Preview” of AT MIDDLETON with live appearances by Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE DEPARTED), Andy Garcia and Director Adam Rogers.

| 2014 | 93 mins | | ,
Adam Rodgers

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with live on screen appearances by Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE DEPARTED), Andy Garcia (OCEAN ELEVEN) and Director Adam Rogers. The movie also stars Taissa Farmiga (AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Vera’s real life sister). The event timeline: 7:30pm ALISON BAILES INTRO LIVE ON SCREEN 8:00pm COUNTDOWN SLATE 8:01 PETER TRAVERS INTRODUCTION OF FILM/SERIES 8:10…

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HER

| 2013 | 120 mins | | ,
Spike Jonze

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Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive…

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ROMEO AND JULIET (A Live on Screen performance from Broadway production with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad)

| 2013 | 135 mins | | ,
Directed by David Leveaux

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Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award® nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) turned up the heat this fall as Broadway’s hottest, rule-breaking, heart-aching couple, ROMEO AND JULIET. “Mr.(Orlando) Bloom in a first-rate Broadway debut and the gifted (Condola) Rashad exude a too fine for this world…

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GIRL ON A BICYCLE

| 2013 | 101 mins | | ,
Jeremy Leven

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Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner), when the young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot) pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from…

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PILLOW TALK (1959)

| 1959 | 98 mins | | ,
Michael Gordon

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WEAR YOUR BEST BEDTIME ATTIRE, GET IN FREE TO THE MOVIE. Playboy composer Rock Hudson and interior-decorator Doris Day are obliged to share a telephone party line. Naturally, their calls overlap at the least opportune times, and just as naturally, this leads to Hudson and Day despising each other without ever having…

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Classic Film Wednesdays: THE PINK PANTHER (1963)

| 1963 | 113 mins | | , ,
Blake Edwards

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In the first in a series of detective comedies from director Blake Edwards starring Peter Sellers as bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the mishap-prone snoop is actually a supporting player. David Niven stars as Sir Charles Litton, a suave jewel thief known as “The Phantom.” Vacationing in a deluxe Alpine resort, Litton’s…

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EVERYONE’S GOING TO DIE (Preview – Only One Screening)

| 2013 | 85 mins | | ,

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On the night of March 6, 2014, Everyone’s Going To Die will screen in 100 cinemas across the United States. Audiences at those screenings will be asked to vote if this film should return to their cinema for a week’s theatrical release sometime this year. If 51% of the audience votes “yes”…

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LA RONDE

| 1950 | 97 mins | | ,
Max Ophüls

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An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes a maid and does similarly with the young man of the house. The young man seduces a married…

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THE BEST OFFER

| 2013 | 131 mins | | ,
Giuseppe Tornatore

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Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. He’s never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend – a young, skillful restorer of mechanical…

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THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG

| 1960 | 126 minutes | | ,
Richard Quine

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William Holden stars as an American Artist who becomes involved with the sordid underworld of prostitution in Hong Kong in The World of Suzie Wong, based on Paul Osborn’s Broadway adaptation of the novel by Richard Mason. Robert Lomax tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he…

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THE LUNCHBOX

| 2014 | 105 mins | | ,
Ritesh Batra

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Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst…

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Classic film series: CHUNGKING EXPRESS

| 1994 | 98 minutes | | , ,
Kar Wai Wong

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Wong Kar-Wai’s movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By…

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Classic Film Series: THREE COLORS: WHITE (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994)

, | 1994 | 93 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

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For our Classic Film Series this week we will be showing WHITE, the second film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy. The final chapter (RED) will be shown next Wednesday. Please be sure to join us for each! The second feature in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy, the black comedy WHITE features Zbigniew Zamachowski…

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Classic Film Series: THREE COLORS: RED (Trois Couleurs: Rouge) (1994)

, | 1994 | 95 mins | | ,
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

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A beautiful model named Valentine crosses paths with a retired judge, whose dog she runs over with her car. The lonely judge, she discovers, amuses himself by eavesdropping on all of his neighbors’ phone conversations. Near Valentine’s apartment lives a young man who aspires to be a judge and loves a woman…

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Classic Film Series: THE STUNT MAN

| 1980 | 131 minutes | | , , ,
Richard Rush

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Adapted from Paul Brodeur’s novel, Richard Rush’s story of a Machiavellian movie director and his accidental employee takes a darkly comic look at movie reality vs. “real” reality. Running from the law, Vietnam vet Cameron (Steve Railsback) stumbles on a movie shoot just in time to interfere with a staged accident, causing…

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CHINESE PUZZLE

| 2013 | 117 minuntes | | , ,
Cedric Klapisch

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A 40-year-old father’s life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can’t bare them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well. Xavier’ life is a mess. His ex, Wendy, has left him in Paris and taken their kids…

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SAFETY LAST! Presented with live music score and performance by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

| 1923 | 70 mins | | , ,
Fred Neymeyer

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The Film Center is proud to welcome Berklee College of Music Professor Sheldon Mirowitz and the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra for a special presentation of their original new score, for our screening of the stunningly restored Safety Last!.  The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin was the sweet innocent,…

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BELLE

| 2014 | 105 minutes | | , ,
Amma Asante

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This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her…

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Summer Institute Film Series: Hanna’s Journey

, | 2013 | 100 mins | | ,
Julia von Heinz

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Hanna’s Journey is a romantic comedy that does not avoid the sensitive issues of history and race. It uses honesty, humor, and compassion to make this journey one that every film lover will be glad they experienced. (English, German, and Hebrew with subtitles) Hanna is a beautiful young German woman traveling to Israel…

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SOLD OUT — NY Film Critics National Series: AND SO IT GOES with on-screen Q&A with Rob Reiner afterwards

| 2014 | 98 mins | | ,
Directed by Rob Reiner

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Actors Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton come together for the first time onscreen in Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes.” An exclusive pre-release look at this romantic comedy. Presented by the NY Film Credits National Series be a part of the LIVE National Simulcast Audience. Following the show, there will be a…

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ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

| 2013 | 123 minutes | | ,
Jim Jarmusch

Friday July 25, 2014, 9:30pm
Saturday July 26, 2014 9:45pm
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Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can…

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JIMMY WAS A CARPENTER – a new film from Islander Taylor Toole

| 2014 | 60 mins | | ,
Taylor Toole

Thursday August 07, 2014, 7:30 PM
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ENCORE ENCORE Musical performance will be Jellybone Rivers (aka Rob Myers) prior to film screening. JIMMY WAS A CARPENTER is a romantic thriller about a man (Taylor Toole) who discovers he can bring his girlfriend (Jen Hirsch) back from the dead. This film was shot completely on Martha’s Vineyard and stars many…

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THE GRADUATE with special guest director Mike Nichols (in collaboration with the MV Museum)

| 1967 | 106 minutes | | , ,
Mike Nichols

Saturday August 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Special guest, Mike Nichols will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the show.   This screening is in collaboration with the MV Museum and benefits both the museum and the film center.    “One word: plastics.”  This line and others in THE GRADUATE became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion…