Director Frank Capra’s inspiring classic balances pathos and joy in the tale of distraught George Bailey (James Stewart at his finest), who is about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve - until helpful, elderly angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him how his death would affect those around him.
Featuring Will Ferrell is at his hilarious best, alongside James Caan, Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, Mary Steenburgen and Zooey Deschanel - and directed by American Cinematheque friend, Member, and supporter Jon Favreau - ELF has become one of our favorite modern holiday classics!
A Frank Capra screwball comedy double feature includes Cary Grant classic ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and a new 4k restoration of Oscar winner (for Best Picture and Best Director) YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, based on the play about an eccentric, strangely happy family living in a rambling house amidst urban redevelopment.
The first film to win all five major Oscars (as if a comedy could ever pull that off today!) remains a jewel of timing and charm, as runaway bride Claudette Colbert finds herself saddled with pushy reporter Clark Gable, who smells the story of his career. This new 4k restoration of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT is on a double bill with Jean Harlow / Robert Williams pairing PLATINUM BLONDE.