Film Screening: “All the Way” first in “Hail to the Chief!” film series Mon., Sept. 12

The Oval Office meets the silver screen as Best Video founder Hank Paper presents five great films dealing with the most powerful role in the world— three based on history (“All the Way,” “Thirteen Days,” “All the President’s Men”) and two classics of Cold War-era paranoia (“The Manchurian Candidate,” “Dr. Strangelove”). All films start at 7 PM—except the Oct. 16 screening, which starts at 2 PM—and admission is $7.

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Just out on DVD and Blu-ray, “All the Way” — as in the campaign slogan “All the Way with LBJ” — is HBO’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed long-running Broadway play starring “Breaking Bad”’s Bryan Cranston as LBJ. Following the chaos of JFK’s assassination, Cranston, in his bravura portrait of LBJ, is forced to go “breaking bad” with Southern senators in order to pass the Civil Rights Act.

According to Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review:

Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Mr. Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. In his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

Best Video founder Hank Paper will introduce the film and lead the optional post-film discussion.

SCHEDULE:

MON., SEPT. 12: AL THE WAY

MON., SEPT. 19: THIRTEEN DAYS • Kevin Costner plays JFK advisor Kevin O’Donnell in this highly suspenseful political thriller that deftly portrays the real people involved in the most tense thirteen days in the 20th Century: the Cuban Missile Crisis. Intellect and reason battle with impulse during two weeks of alarming escalation that brings us as close to nuclear winter as we’ve ever come.

SUN., SEPT. 25 (moved to accommodate 1st Presidential debate): THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE  • A rogue nation manipulating our Presidential election; our minds being hacked, our behavior controlled! This John Frankenheimer political thriller, uncomfortably prescient in its own time, remains distressingly relevant today. Stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury. If  Hank Paper were making a BVFCC People’s Choice submission for a screening at Best Video this would be it: his all-time favorite film. In fact – he is screening it!

MON., SEPT. 26: First Presidential Debate

MON., OCT. 10: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN • Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jason Robards, Jr., offer galvanizing, peak performances amid an incredible cast in this multi-Oscar nominated political thriller about tracking the source of the Watergate break-in all the way to the White House – ultimately leading to the President’s resignation.

SUN., OCT. 16: DR. STRANGELOVE… • Stanley Kubrick’s impending nuclear war satire remains as fresh as the day it was released: hilariously funny as it is frightening. Amid an all-star cast, Peter Sellers plays three roles while George C. Scott takes wing as General “Buck” Turgidson. Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Sellers), and Best Screenplay (Kubrick and Terry Southern). A truly one-off film about a one-off event.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN PIANO MUSIC (with commentary): DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Sunday, Oct. 2. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 6. POST-PUNK: GRIST, DEADBEAT CLUB

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Tuesday, Oct. 11. FILM SCREENING: “ELMER GANTRY”

• WEdnesday, Oct. 12. ROCK/BLUES: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Thursday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE KOREY BRODSKY BAND

• Friday, Oct. 21. BLUEGRASS/POP: JACKSON’S ISLAND

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Wednesday, Oct. 26. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 27. CELTIC AMERICA: THE EBIN-ROSE TRIO; SINGER-SONGWRITER:  DOUGLAS ALAN

• Friday, Oct. 28. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT PLAYS TO “NOSFERATU”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

• Friday, Nov. 11. FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)