A little fun in the water can raise serious waves of issues. This poetry of cinema—chosen from among Best Video owner Hank Paper’s all-time favorite films—will provide a raft of excitement, suspense and introspection, leading to optional discussions afterward. Have fun and learn! Coffee and Wine Bar available to facilitate your attention and participation.
Seating is limited; reservations recommended: $35 for the series of six screenings; $7 for each screening. Sign up for the entire series or for particular films. The screenings start at 7 PM.
Sept. 29: “A River Runs Through It”
(1992, USA) Two brothers rebel against their stern minister father (Tom Skerritt) in different ways: one (Craig Schaefer) as a writer, the other (Brad Pitt) as an irresistible daredevil challenging the world. Oscar-winning director Robert Redford captures the majesty of the Montana Wilderness and the strength of the American family in this acclaimed adaptation of Norman Maclean’s uniquely affecting memoir.
Oct. 6: “Cast Away”
(2000, USA) In this unusual and deep film, a FedEx systems engineer’s ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends in a harrowing plane crash that leaves him isolated on a remote island. Tom Hanks offers one of his most absorbing performances in this life-changing adventure of body and spirit.
Oct. 13: “Cape Fear” (original)
(1962, USA) In one of his two most menacing roles (his role in The Night of the Hunter is the other, shown later in the series), Robert Mitchum plays a sociopathic ex-con determined to exact a terrible – and terribly legal – revenge on both the attorney (Gregory Peck) who put him away and the attorney’s family. A masterpiece of tension-building, shock and suspense that eclipses the later De Niro remake.
Oct. 20: “Deliverance”
1972, USA) In director John Boorman’s stunning man vs. nature adventure, four “weekend warriors” (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox), set off on a fun-filled white water rafting escapade down a mystery-laden Georgia river that turns into a white knuckle wilderness of terror, putting them all on the knife edge of survival. Adapted by James Dickey from his novel and nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, this film draws us in with the force of a raging current – an unforgettable piece of film-making that made Burt Reynolds the world’s leading box office star overnight.
Oct. 27: “The Swimmer”
(1968, USA) In this unique movie filmed in New Canaan, CT, a charismatic and mysterious man, after a summer away, decides to swim in a succession of his neighbors’ pools that lead to his home, a succession that winds up telling his life story. Engaging poolside encounters with an interesting cast of characters lead to a shattering revelation in this film that, once seen, is never forgotten.
Nov. 3: “Night of the Hunter”
(1955, USA) A Depression-era itinerant preacher and widow-slayer (Robert Mitchum) stalks two young children who alone know his true identity, as well as where some bank robbery loot, which the preacher seeks, is hidden. The only film directed by Charles Laughton, this stand-alone masterwork of eerie expressionistic beauty is part Grimm faery tale, part coming-of-age salvation story – a poetic battle of good vs. evil featuring a sublimely sinister Mitchum and a stunningly radiant Lillian Gish in a screenplay written by the legendary James Agee.