Fourth Friday Film series kicks off with ‘small’ films

Written by Administrator
 | Tuesday, 08 September 2009 19:07

The Duxbury Free Library announces the start of its annual Fourth Friday Film series. Our opening film. “Making Mr. Right,” will screen on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Merry Room, library lower level. Led by James Mandrell, library trustee and professor of film at Brandeis University, the series is designed for the over-18 crowd and meets every fourth Friday. Film screenings are preceded and followed by lively discussion led by Prof. Mandrell. Admission is free and refreshments are available.

The theme of this year’s series is “Small(er) Films” and the complete list can be found below and at For further information, 781-934-2721 x100.

Sept. 25: “Making Mr. Right” (USA 1987) dir. Susan Seidelman. 98 mins. A quirkily charming romantic comedy starring John Malkovich in a dual role as a scientist and the android he’s created, both of whom must contend with an ad executive played by Ann Magnuson.  Also starring Ben Masters, Laurie Metcalfe, and Polly Bergen.

Oct. 23: Frenzy (UK 1970) dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 116 mins. Hitchcock’s penultimate film and it’s a doozy, with an all-star cast that includes Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant, Billie Whitelaw, Clive Swift, Bernard Cribbins, Michael Bates, and Jean Marsh.  Quick question: when you set out to throttle someone, how do you match the necktie to the person?

Nov. 27: “Daytrippers” (USA 1996) dir. Greg Mottola. 87 minutes.  Rated R. Sometimes even a day trip with family can be a little too much, especially if it lasts for hours.  On the other hand, who could resist a trip that included, one way or another, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, Pat McNamara, Anne Meara, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, and Campbell Scott?

Jan. 22: “Far From Heaven” (USA 2002) dir. Todd Haynes. 107 mins. PG-13. A meticulous and loving recreation of a 1950s Hollywood melodrama in which the emotional and socio-political undercurrents are allowed free play.  Finely calibrated performances by Julianne Moore and Dennis Haysbert allow Dennis Quaid to shine.

Feb. 26: “Volver” (Spain 2006) dir. Pedro Almodóvar. 121 mins.  Rated R. Anyone with questions about Penélope Cruz’s talent as an actor will have all the answers after watching this film.  Almodóvar treads familiar ground and works with some of his favorite actresses—including Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, and Chus Lampreave—to create a film of genuine emotional resonance.

March 26: “Songcatcher” (USA 2000) dir. Maggie Greenwald. 109 mins.  PG-13. Although somewhat anachronistic, the music and Janet McTeer’s pitch-perfect performance more than make up for whatever is less than apt for the period.  With Pat Carrol and Aidan Quinn, as well as a surprisingly affecting Emmy Rossum in her first feature film.

April 23: “Ma vie en rose /My Life in Pink” (France 1997) dir. Alain Berliner 88 mins.  Rated R. A family with a secret that it tries desperately to keep under wraps.  Eventually, everything comes out—doesn’t it always?—and everyone has to make a choice about what is important to them and why.   A subtle and sweet film with 13-year-old Georges Du Fresne in a remarkable debut performance.

May 28: “Next Stop Wonderland” (USA 1998) dir. Brad Anderson. 104 mins.  Rated R. Who says that a mother doesn’t know best?  Who better to place a personal ad for her single daughter in a local paper?  Yet another romantic comedy with the advantage of terrific writing, outstanding performances, and a Boston location.  Not to be missed.