ERIC ROHMER’S TALES OF THE FOUR SEASONS

“These are classy, educated people who know which wine pairs best with your fish, but precious little, as it turns out, about their own hearts. So they talk. Heavens, do they talk. Rohmer’s characters talk themselves around in circles, in and out of affairs. They construct elaborate excuses for doing what they feel like or make up ridiculous reasons why they won’t.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/01/2021

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20 YEARS OF THE BRATTLE FILM FOUNDATION

“Our desire is to continue to be here for those generations of people to come who aren’t finding what they want on TikTok or Twitch, or even on Netflix or Amazon Prime. They’re looking for a way to find a different experience of the world and the Brattle has always provided that, and we want to make sure that it continues to provide that for people.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/26/2021

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F.T.A. AT THE BRATTLITE

“A new 4K restoration of the film starts streaming at the Brattlite this weekend, finally giving us a chance to see what all the fuss was about almost 50 years later. The film chronicles the Pacific Rim stretch of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland’s ‘Free The Army’ tour, a musical comedy revue modeled on Bob Hope’s USO shows but with an antiwar agenda.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/04/2021

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INTRODUCING THE BRATTLITE

“The new platform launches with a quartet of films belatedly celebrating the 2020 centenary of Federico Fellini, introducing a sparkling new restoration of his playful, penultimate film, Intervista. In conjunction, the Brattlite is offering internet exclusive screenings of two of the director’s earliest efforts, where we can see his signature style beginning to take shape.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/13/2021

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SIX MOVIES TO STREAM WHILE STAYING HOME ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

“It’s a horrible holiday mostly spent suffering from the nagging feeling that whatever you’re doing you’re still not having as much fun as you’re supposed to be having, often while surrounded by amateurs who have no idea how to hold their liquor. At least this year sitting on the couch and watching movies is what you should be doing, for the sake of public health!” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/30/2020

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WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI

“There’s a certain irony in the idea of a Wong Kar Wai retrospective, as so many of his characters are already living in the past. His best films feel like memories of themselves, rhapsodies of regret and lingering visions of the ones that got away. Watching a Wong Kar Wai movie in a theater is like living inside of somebody else’s dream for a little while.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/11/2020

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THE GODFATHER, CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE

“This probably sounds like common sense, but it really is amazing what a difference it makes when you put the scene that starts the story at the beginning of the movie. Coppola’s revelatory revision of his saga’s final chapter feels like a far more focused and purposeful film, even if there are some things that can’t be fixed in an editing room.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/07/2020

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THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL REVISITED

“There’s really no possible way to overstate how alienating and bizarre the opening ten minutes of this program are, just watching the Wookiees putter around and moan. It’s so anti-entertaining as to border on the avant-garde. Carrie Fisher claimed she had one of the only extant original copies and used to put it on at parties, when she wanted people to leave.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/16/2020

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ELECTION DAY ESCAPE: LA STRADA AT THE COOLIDGE

“The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Virtual Screening Room has just started streaming a new 4K restoration of Federico Fellini’s 1954 masterpiece. One of the greatest of all films, this haunting, heartfelt fable feels like a balm during these troubled times, its essential, insistent humanity arriving as a reminder right when we need it most.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/03/2020

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MADE MEN: THE STORY OF GOODFELLAS

“Scorsese depicts the workaday realities of organized crime with a documentarian’s eye for detail and the sneer of a class clown sent to detention. So irreverent it ends with Sid Vicious’ sarcastic cover of the flatulent Sinatra anthem ‘My Way,’ I’ve never seen a movie with such swagger. When you watch it you feel like you’re getting away with something.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/15/2020

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