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March 10 – May 5, 2018

Saturday Matinee

The HFA continues its monthly screenings of family-friendly feature and short films for children, teenagers and their families. Many from the HFA collection, classic and contemporary films from around the world will be shown in their original formats. The special admission fee for these daytime screenings is only $5. – Karin Kolb

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


Directed by John Badham. With Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood
US 1983, DCP, color, 114 min

Before the utopianism and consumerism of Silicon Valley, there were fears of the Military Industrial Complex and the Cold War, memorably documented in WarGames, in which the very openness of the Internet causes near nuclear annihilation. Simulation and reality precipitously meet when a very young Matthew Broderick hacks into a “game” called “Global Thermonuclear War” and decides to play as the Soviet Union––triggering NORAD officials to believe that genuine Soviet missiles are inbound, therefore perpetuating an unstoppable supercomputer program to “win the game” against the Soviets with real missiles. As a creative synthesis of the John Hughes-style 1980s teen film and an international thriller, WarGames moves at a pleasurably propulsive clip. Yet in the age of a president who baits North Korea by Tweet, and coming off a push notification by a worker at Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency who confused a drill with a genuinely impending missile-bound disaster, the mix of the virtual and the all-too-real found in WarGames has yet to lose its sober relevance. Print courtesy Park Circus.

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Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission - Free to all who bring their favorite Roald Dahl book
Saturday March 17 at 3pm

Revolting Rhymes

Directed by Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh. With Tamsin Greig, Dominic West, Rob Brydon
UK 2016, DCP, color, 58 min

Roald Dahl’s 1982 poem collection Revolting Rhymes, a retelling of classic fairy tales with different twists and endings, comes to life when directors Jakob Schuh (The Gruffalo, 2009) and Jan Lachauer (Room on the Broom, 2012) expertly retell and weave together new combinations of Dahl’s tales. Inspired by Quentin Blake’s original illustrations, the beautifully animated film is broken into two parts, both narrated by the Big Bad Wolf (voiced by an enchanting Dominic West) and largely determined by unconventional, daring female characters. The first segment features the story of Little Red Riding Hood fused with Snow White and the Three Little Pigs, ending in a wicked cliffhanger and an Academy Awards nomination for Best Animation in the short film category. The next part rings Jack and the Beanstalk around the Cinderella story and questions the notion of a happily ever after. Preceded by fairy tale shorts from the Harvard Film Archive collection. DCP courtesy GKids.

Age recommendation: 8+. Content Advisory: Coarse language, dark humor and some stylized Dahl-inspired cartoon violence.

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Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission
Saturday April 21 at 3pm

The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise. With Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
US 1965, DCP, color, 174 min

Don’t miss the chance to introduce your kids to The Sound of Music while once again enjoying the musical adventures of a restless governess creatively managing seven unruly children and their father in the beautiful hills of Salzburg. Adapted from the successful 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical based on Maria Augusta von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, The Sound of Music film project was initially given low priority from 20th Century Fox, which was nearly bankrupt after the excesses of Cleopatra. Darryl Zanuck in fact considered it a risk because Maria was played by a then relatively unknown Julie Andrews (her debut Mary Poppins (1964) had yet to be released when filming began). Nominated for ten Academy Awards, The Sound of Music won five, including Best Picture, and is ranked today as the fifth highest-grossing film in history. We are screening the restored digital version of this spectacular classic in musical entertainment! DCP courtesy 20th Century Fox.

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Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission
Saturday May 5 at 3pm

The Green Music Box
(Midori harukani)

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue. With Ruriko Asaoka, Frankie Sakai, Minoru Takada
Japan 1955, 35mm, color, 90 min. Japanese with English subtitles

The first feature-length theatrical film shot in Konicolor, The Green Music Box is based on the eponymous novel by Makoto Hojo. A musical action film for children, the movie typifies Umetsugu Inoue’s creative use of color. It marks the debut of fourteen-year-old Ruriko Asaoka, whose character becomes entangled with a spy trying to steal her father’s secrets. The cast also includes the talented comedian Frankie Sakai. Asaoka would sustain a career in Nikkatsu action and melodrama pictures through the following decades, while Sakai brought his inimitable sly humor to a number of Yuzo Kawashima’s vibrant dark comedies. The restored 35mm Konicolor print is from the Collection of the National Film Archive of Japan, Tokyo. - Description adapted from Il Cinema Ritrovato.

Also screening as part of the Umetsugu Inoue series.

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