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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
December 18 & 21 & 24
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)(1946)
Frank Capra’s classic has become a cherished Christmas tradition for countless American families. Building & loan owner George Bailey (James Stewart) is all that stands between the good people of Bedford Falls and the wicked miser Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). When misfortune strikes on Christmas Eve, George comes to realize, with the help of an angel named Clarence, (Henry Travers) that he truly has a “wonderful life.” ("No man is a failure who has friends.”)

Breakfast at Tiffany's
January 8 & 11
Breakfast at Tiffany's(1961)
Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly, an eccentric young woman living in New York City who is befriended by her neighbor (George Peppard). Blake Edwards directed this romantic comedy/drama loosely based on Truman Capote’s book. Nominated in 5 categories including Best Actress (Hepburn), with wins for Score (Henry Mancini) and Best Original Song, Moon River, by Mancini and Johnny Mercer. (“Moon River, wider than a mile...”

January 15 & 18
Written and directed by James Cameron, this sequel to the 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien is considered by many to be that rarity: a sequel that is even better than the original. Special effects wizard Stan Winston won an Oscar® for Best Visual Effects, which included the creation of the Alien “Queen,” one of the scariest movie creatures ever. Among the film’s 7 nominations was a Best Actress nod for Sigourney Weaver. (“So who’s laying these eggs?”) Rated R

Citizen Kane
January 22 & 25
Citizen Kane(1941)
Named by the American Film Institute as the greatest American film ever made, this drama depicts a larger-than-life newspaper publisher who is both loved and hated, and never less than fascinating. First-time director Orson Welles, who also stars as Kane, employed filming techniques that were ground breaking for the time. The movie’s 9 nominations included 3 for Welles, who, with Herman J. Mankiewicz, won for Original Screenplay. (“Rosebud.”)

Gone With the Wind (1939)
January 29 & 1
Gone With the Wind (1939)(1940)
David O. Selznick’s epic masterpiece based on Margaret Mitchell’s hugely successful novel. Set during the Civil War, this fictional love story features Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler. Winner of 10 Academy Awards, including Picture, Director (Victor Fleming), and Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel). Newcomer Leigh won Best Actress for her classic portrayal of the indomitable Scarlett. (“Tomorrow is another day.”

King and I (1956), The
February 5 & 8
The King and I (1956)(1956)
The movie version of one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular musicals, based on the real-life experiences of a 19th century Englishwoman who taught the children of the King of Siam. Nominated in 9 categories, including Picture and Actress (Deborah Kerr), and winner of 5 awards. Yul Brynner was named Best Actor for his iconic performance as the king, a part he had originated on Broadway. (“Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!”)

It Happened One Night (1934)
February 12 & 15
It Happened One Night (1934)(1934)
The first – and for over 40 years the only – movie to win Oscars® in all 5 of the top categories: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay. Frank Capra directed this quintessential romantic comedy about a wealthy socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a wise-cracking newspaperman (Clark Gable) who become unlikely travel companions. The hitchhiking scene, where Colbert schools Gable, is a classic. (“I’ll stop a car, and I won’t use my thumb!”)

Godfather, The
February 19 & 22
The Godfather(1972)
Director Francis Ford Coppola turned Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel about a fictional crime family into a movie classic. Winner of 3 Oscars® including Best Picture, this movie revived the career of Marlon Brando, who won Best Actor as Don Vito Corleone. Al Pacino was nominated for his star-making performance as his son Michael. Contains some of the most famous quotes in movie history. (“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”) Rated R