As much a screwball comedy as it is a musical, CAREFREE was a refreshing change of pace towards the end of the Astaire and Rogers' series, and is a film that is both funny and touching at the same time. The IRVING BERLIN score features Change Partners, The Yam, and what has to be one of Astaire and Rogers most sublimely sensual numbers, the dreamy I Used to be Color Blind. When lovely singer Amanda Cooper (Ginger Rogers) has trouble accepting the marriage proposals of her beau, Stephen Arden (Ralph Bellamy), he calls upon his psychiatrist friend Dr. Tony Flagg (Fred Astaire) to analyze her.
When faced with using idiotic cat costumes in his movie about a woman who turns into a killer feline, producer Val Lewton famously hid the beast in the shadows, capitalizing on our fear of the dark and unknown, and creating a look and feel for these horror/noir hybrids that would influence movies forever.
HOLIDAY INN has become a Heights New Year's Day tradition, and like WHITE CHRISTMAS sells out every year! IRVING BERLIN wrote the evergreen score, which includes Easter Parade, Lets Start the New Year Right, Lazy and of course, White Christmas.
Deanna Durbin is back in two of her best and most charming musical comedies, so you will not want to miss this holiday double feature that is sure to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart, both on 35mm!
"IT STARTED WITH EVE" Screens at 2:30pm and "BECAUSE OF HIM" screens at 4:30pm. This is a double feature so your single admission gets you into both films!
Arguably the best cinematic adaptation of a Raymond Chandler novel (and certainly the most faithful), Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet (based on Farewell, My Lovely) stars Dick Powell as perhaps the most cynical, world-weary gumshoe ever committed to film. "Since the '40s, countless mystery and neo-noir films have been made in Hollywood and around the world. Murder, My Sweet is what they all aspire to be." --film critic Alison Dalzell
PG-13for violence and thematic elements.
What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.
Called "the first true film noir" for its bleak, dreamlike setting, and its use of German expressionism to convey its insane, paranoid story, The Stranger on the Third Floor is a nearly forgotten classic. When an ambitious reporter fingers an innocent cabdriver in a brutal throat-slashing murder, his conscience--and the real killer--begin to assault his sanity.
Joan Crawford is never better as the driven playwright Myra Hudson, who rejects actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) for her newest production. The odious Lester seduces Myra and lands the role... to the chagrin of Lester's real love Irene (the icy Gloria Grahame, perfect as usual.) This melodrama about Broadway and a deadly love triangle is beautifully acted and unlike any film noir you'll see.
When detectives Brown and Forbes are assigned to escort gun moll Mrs. Frankie Neall from Chicago to Los Angeles to testify in a murder trial, they get a lot more than they bargained for on a train whose passengers include hitmen intent on eliminating their target... and anyone who gets in their way. Claustrophobic and shocking in its sudden violence, The Narrow Margin is a noir masterpiece.
This strange and, at times, beautiful noir examines the fear and paranoia of children, in this case a storytelling boy whose fanciful lies keep him from being believed when he witnesses a shocking murder. Director Ted Tetzlaff was a cinematographer for Hitchcock and learned plenty from the Master of Suspense, here crafting a stunning child's-eye look at poverty, deception, and crime whose final scenes are wrought with sheer terror.
This rare European 35mm print includes French subtitles.
Argued (by critic David Thomson) to be the greatest directorial debut after Citizen Kane, this crime thriller launched Nicholas Ray's career, despite studio indifference. The story of a desperate crime spree and the teenage lovers at its center--escaped convict Bowie (Farley Granger) and Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell)--was so intensely emotional that it was shelved for two years by RKO (and its new owner Howard Hughes.) Finally, in 1949, They Live By Night was released to decent reviews and terrible box office, but has since been heralded as a classic.
One of our most popular events returns and it is bigger and better than ever! You will not want to miss the perennial TECHNICOLOR favorite, WHITE CHRISTMAS, on the big
Plus.....ON OUR STAGE!
The big show starts with a special 20 minute concert by the wonderful MAUD HIXSON, singing a stocking full of your favorite holiday classics! Accompanied by Rick Carlson on the piano as well as A BOUNCING BALL SING ALONG!!
The fantastic HARVEY GUSTAFSON at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!