One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for January 8-14, 2009.

Thu., January 8

Elvis’ Boxing B-Day Bash A screening of Presley’s 1962 pop
hit Kid Galahad, co-starring Charles Bronson, plus musical
guests the Deadly Surfinatics and swing dancing with Mike & Cheryl.
(EC, 9:15)

Sat., January 10

Casablanca This 1943 romance pairing Ingrid Bergman and
Humphrey Bogart in wartime Casablanca is one of the most pleasing films
ever made. Bogart — cynic, romantic, lover, adventurer, smuggler,
gun runner — tends a bar in Vichy-controlled Casablanca when his
old love Bergman arrives, stirring up memories and desire and of course
making life once again difficult (and fun). Will Bogart, comfortable in
his expatriate existence, risk his peace of mind and even his life for
the woman he loves and the cause of the French Resistance? Don’t think
about it too hard: you know the answer. With Sydney Greenstreet, Peter
Lorre, Claude Rains, and poor confused Dooley Wilson singing “As Time
Goes By.” Directed by Michael Curtiz (102 min.). — M.C. (EC,

Sun., January 11

Casablanca See Saturday. (EC, 5:00)

Wed., January 14

Amarcord Federico Fellini’s good-natured anecdotal homage to
life in his native Rimini is both lyrical and affecting, and avoids the
false nostalgia and pathos that could have befallen such a project.
Magical imagery abounds, like those dazzling peacocks flying through
the snow, or the villagers’ night outing to see a grand ocean liner,
lights ablaze, sail majestically past in the darkness — a scene
reminiscent of Garcia Marquez’s magical story “The Last Voyage of the
Ghost Ship” (123 min., 1974). — M.C. (PFA, 7:30)

Planet Earth The first two episodes (“Ice Worlds” and
“Shallow Seas”) of David Attenborough’s award-winning documentary
television series, originally broadcast on the BBC in 2006 (total
running time 100 min.). (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)


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