SWING TIME
1936, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: George Stevens

One of the best loved of the Astaire-Rogers musicals and Depression-era escapism at its most fizzy and delightful. Fred Astaire plays "Lucky" Garnett, a bandleader who swears off the life of a hoofer for a more "respectable" future with his girl-next-door fiancée (Betty Furness) and her overbearing father-in-law (Landers Stevens, the father of the film's director, George Stevens). After his band-mate buddies sabotage the wedding, Fred heads for the Big Apple to make a cool $25,000 and prove himself responsible to his girl back home. Once there, he meets cute with Ginger Rogers, playing a no-nonsense dance instructor named "Penny" Carroll, and soon these two are dancing their way to movie musical heaven. Featuring several classic song-and-dance numbers including "Pick Yourself Up," "The Way You Look Tonight," "A Fine Romance" (with lyrics by Jerome Kern) and a charmingly offbeat turn from Victor Moore as Astaire's loopy pal with sticky fingers.


HUDSON HAWK
1991, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Lehmann

Bruce Willis is Eddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins, a master burglar who’s just been paroled from prison when he’s caught up in an international chase for a machine that transmutes lead into gold. The machine was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, who hid parts of it in his artwork, and it’s up to Hudson and his partner (Danny Aiello) to piece all it together. But with the Mafia, the CIA, the Vatican and the evil Mayflower Industries after him, it’s anybody’s guess whether the Hawk will get shot down or fly free. A roller coaster ride that swings from dynamic action sequences to outlandish humor, HUDSON HAWK swaggers with Willis’ signature brio (the actor cowrote the story). With James Coburn and Andie MacDowell.


MON ONCLE (English Version)
1958, Janus Films, 117 min, France, Italy, Dir: Jacques Tati

M. Hulot is let loose to discover - in his bumbling yet affable manner - the awkward, comic, and hopelessly new-fangled advances of domestic modernism. As usual, our inept hero is uncomfortable with the more socialized adult species, and finds a playful soulmate in his young nephew. This is the English-language version that Tati shot simultaneously.


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