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This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Tired and dazed from all the July 4th festivities and televised
sports events? Come and join us for this rejuvenating spate of effervescent comedies
guaranteed to re-energize and lift your spirits from the midsummer doldrums. From French
farce (a Jacques Tati double feature) to silent American classics, and from teen comedy
masters John Hughes and Martha Coolidge to the Marx Brothers, theyre guaranteed to
bring a smile to your face and put a spring in your step. Were delighted to welcome
director Martha Coolidge In-Person on July 9 for a double feature of VALLEY GIRL
and REAL GENIUS.
Thursday, July 3 7:30 PM
MR. HULOTS HOLIDAY
(LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT), 1953, Janus Films, 85 min. Dir. Jacques Tati.
Tatis first film as Monsieur Hulot, one of cinema's great comic personas, finds him
going to a resort town for a vacation where chaos predictably ensues. A whimsical hymn to
the joys of life and the funny little things we often fail to notice.
THE BIG DAY (JOUR DE FETE), 1947,
Janus Films, 79 min. Jacques Tatis feature debut as director showcases his
performance as a mailman attempting to streamline delivery in his small town. But he soon
finds his attempts at modernization and a coincidental Bastille Day celebration dont
mix. This is a 1995 restoration of the film's original color version. Both films in French
with English subtitles. WE REGRET, THAT DUE TO A SHIPPING
ERROR, THE BIG DAY WILL NOT BE SHOWN TONIGHT.
Saturday, July 5 7:30 PM
THE BREAKFAST CLUB, 1985,
Universal, 97 min. Director John Hughes 1980s string of teenage comedy-dramas
reached its apex with this study of five misfit kids (Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd
Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall) meeting and talking about themselves as
they undergo a day-long Saturday detention. With the Simple Minds big hit
"Dont You Forget About Me."
SUMMER SCHOOL, 1987, Paramount,
97 min. Mark Harmon plays a fun-loving high school teacher forced to spend his
summer babysitting a remedial English class in this cult classic from director Carl
Reiner. Kirstie Alley is Harmon's love interest, and together they form the
center of a hilarious ensemble comedy populated with a winning supporting cast and
enlivened by an infectious Danny Elfman score.
Sunday, July 6 7:30 PM
Marx Brothers Double Feature:
A DAY AT THE RACES, 1937,
Warner Bros., 111 min. Dir. Sam Wood. The Marx Brothers second (and
most expensive) MGM film serves up Groucho as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, who arouses all
sorts of suspicion as the new head of a posh sanitarium -- and with good reason: Hes
actually a veterinarian! Includes the celebrated "tootsie-fruitsie" and
examination routines, as well as a tremendous cast including Maureen OSullivan,
Allan Jones, Douglass Dumbrille, Sig Rumann, Esther Muir and, of course, Margaret
ROOM SERVICE, 1938, Warner Bros.,
78 min. Dir. William A. Seiter. Groucho, Chico, and Harpo stall to extend their
hotel credit while trying to mount a play -- with the expected chaotic results -- in this
zany Marx Brothers farce. Based on the play by Allen Boretz and John Murray, ROOM
SERVICE is not only a delightful showcase for the brothers themselves, but for comedienne Lucille
Ball, whose presence almost makes up for the lack of Margaret Dumont!
Wednesday, July 9 7:30 PM
VALLEY GIRL, 1983, MGM Repertory, 99
min. Dir. Martha Coolidge. Perky teenage Valley girl Deborah Foreman falls
for unkempt punk rocker Nicolas Cage, and the young lovers struggle to stay
together amidst the disapproval of their peers and their own cultural prejudices. In
director Martha Coolidges hands, what could have been just another teen exploitation
film becomes a winning romantic comedy with charming heroes and a gallery of beautifully
drawn supporting characters (Frederic Forrest and Colleen Camp are particular standouts as
REAL GENIUS, 1985, Sony Repertory,
108 min. Dir. Martha Coolidge. After their pompous professor takes advantage of
their skills, a pair of brilliant science students (Gabe Jarret and Val Kilmer)
decide to use their knowledge to get revenge in this irresistible comedy. Once again
director Coolidge demonstrates her flair for simple but expressive gestures that define
character, and her ability to capture the social insecurities of adolescence is evident in
Jarrets subtle, endearing performance. Discussion
in between films with director Martha Coolidge.