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December 16 – February 10, 2017

Saturday Matinee

On Saturday afternoons the HFA presents monthly screenings of family-friendly features and shorts for children, teenagers and their families. Whether drawn from the collection, fellow film archives, or from international cutting-edge festivals, these classic and contemporary films are screened in their original formats and are guaranteed to expand young and older minds alike. The special admission fee for these daytime screenings is only $5 and the rewards of regular attendance are immeasurable.– Karin Kolb

Special thanks: Robert Diestelrath and Karin Oehlenschläger—Goethe-Institut and Matt Pierson.

Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission
Saturday December 16 at 3pm

White Christmas

Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
US 1954, 35mm, color, 60 min

Celebrate the holiday season with the Harvard Film Archive’s screening of one of the biggest box office hits in 1954, the Technicolor musical spectacle White Christmas. What could top the Oscar-winning Irving Berlin song; an all-star cast of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen; costumes by Edith Head and direction by Michael Curtiz—famous for Casablanca, Mildred Pierce and Yankee Doodle Dandy? It’s Bob Fosse, the uncredited choreographer of Paramount’s first VistaVision musical, indisputably demonstrating that “The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing.”

Also screening as part of The World of Bob Fosse series.

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Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission
Saturday January 20 at 3pm

The Little Prince

Directed by Stanley Donen. With Richard Kiley, Steven Warner, Bob Fosse
UK/US 1974, 35mm, color, 88 min

Of course only Stanley Donen, famous for his 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain, could come up with the idea to turn Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved 1943 novel into a campy Technicolor musical. He joined forces with the famous lyricist and librettist team Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, of Brigadoon (1954) and My Fair Lady (1964) fame, and trusted on the talents of two stellar sidekicks—Bob Fosse as The Snake, and Gene Wilder as The Fox. Fosse, who had complete control over his “moonwalk” dance routine, certainly inspired Michael Jackson when he slithers all in black. And Wilder, all in orange, has one of the film’s most memorable scenes when he tells the little prince that “It's only with the heart that one can see clearly; what's essential is invisible to the eye." Bring your parents to this astounding piece of widescreen storytelling, because “All grown-ups were once children ... but only few of them remember it.”

Also screening as part of The World of Bob Fosse series.

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Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission
Saturday February 10 at 3pm

The Princess and the Frog

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David
US 2009, DCP, color, 97 min

Ironically it was John Lasseter, the founder of Pixar—acquired by Disney in 2006—who finally reinstated Disney’s ousted hand-drawn animation department. After a five-year hiatus, Ron Clements and John Musker—the animation duo of The Little Mermaid (1989)—were able to release their traditionally animated, musical version of a Brothers Grimm story about the potential dangers of kissing a frog, with some important changes. As the New York Times bluntly proclaimed, “For the first time in Walt Disney animation history, the fairest of them all is black.” Seventy-two years after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney tried to make up for its stereotyping sins of the past by presenting Tiana in 1920s New Orleans as a feisty, headstrong waitress who is sidetracked from her dream of opening her own restaurant by Prince Naveen, a smooth-talking frog. Upon the inevitable kiss, she too transforms. Accompanied by Randy Newman’s Dixieland jazz soundtrack, they make their way through the mystical, adventurous bayous of Louisiana to find the magical antidote and become human again.

Age recommendation: 8+. Content Advisory: scary images.

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