The HFA welcomes children, teenagers and their families on a thrilling voyage around the world with a special collection of family-friendly feature and short films screening on select Saturdays. Many from the HFA collection, an array of classic and contemporary international films will be shown in their original formats—with subtitles when necessary—and silent films will be accompanied by live music. The special admission fee for these daytime screenings will be $5. – Karin KolbSpecial thanks: Karin Oehlenschlaeger—Goethe-Institut Boston.
Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote
US 1982, 35mm, color, 120 min
He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light-years from home. Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story tells of the unforgettable journey of an alien left behind and the ten-year-old boy he befriends. Venturing ever more deeply into family-friendly fare after Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg combines all of the dreamy wonder, adventure and curiosity of childhood with the youthful fears of separation and conflict with the strange, dark world of adults. The children and their new, childlike friend helm the plot, as they work to find a way to return E.T. to his home planet. Since altered from its original state, the classic can be experienced in the HFA theater on an original release, widescreen print with the whole family in celebration of its 35th anniversary.
Directed by Robert Stevenson. With Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson
US 1964, 35mm, color, 139 min
When the Banks children ask for a nanny with a little kindness and imagination, what descends from the sky to rescue them from their stuffy Edwardian unhappiness is none other than the enigmatic Mary Poppins—brought to life from P. L. Travers’ popular series of books. A luminous Julie Andrews, in her screen debut, sings iconic songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and dances on the rooftops of old London with chimney-sweeping chum Bert. Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, the ultimate family musical took home five of them, including Best Actress, Best Original Score, and Best Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” The film’s delightfully magical mix of live action and animation appears all the more splendid screening in its original 35mm Technicolor glory.
Directed by Lotte Reiniger
Germany 1923-26, 35mm, color & b/w, 65 min
91 years after its German premiere, Lotte Reiniger’s enchanting silhouette film still stands as one of the greatest works of animation. Rather than using the prevalent method of painting onto translucent cells, Reiniger created models out of cardboard and lit them from below, creating the illusion of elaborate shadow figures with subtle yet incredibly evocative movement and an amazing expressivity. The first full-length animated film—eleven years before Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—Prince Achmed was hailed a masterpiece by Jean Renoir. Based on tales from One Thousand and One Nights, the film follows Prince Achmed and his magical flying horse as they soar headlong into a series of wondrous adventures. The recently restored hand-tinted and toned 35mm print will be accompanied by live piano—adding an extra dimension of presence and pleasure to this beautifully rendered tale.