Film Series: Unexpected Romance

Every Friday evening in February, enjoy a film exploring how sometimes opposites can attract, with the series Unexpected Romance

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It Happened One Night (1934), NR
Directed by Frank Capra
Friday, February 3, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight. A roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark Gable) is determined to get the scoop on the scandalous disappearance of spoiled socialite (Claudette Colbert).

         
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Ball of Fire
 (1941), NR

Directed by Howard Hawks
Friday, February 10, 5:30–7:20 p.m.
Hoping to update his chapter on modern slang, encyclopedia writer Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) ventures into a chic nightclub, where he encounters a burlesque performer, "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Barbara Stanwyck). Fascinated by her command of popular jargon, Potts invites her to stay with him.
         
 Film Barefoot 251       Barefoot in the Park (1967), G
Directed by Gene Saks
Friday, February 17, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
Paul (Robert Redford), a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie (Jane Fonda). Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.
         
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Harold and Maude
 (1971), PG

Directed by Hal Ashby
Friday, February 24, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
When Harold (Bud Cort), a death-obsessed young man from a wealthy family, meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian, an emotional and romantic bond develops. Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, the film dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age.

         

 

Photo credits: It Happened One Night, Columbia Pictures/Photofest, © Columbia Pictures; Ball of Fire, RKO Photo Pictures Inc. /Photofest, © RKO Photo Pictures Inc.;  Barefoot in the Park, Paramount Pictures/Photofest, © Paramount Pictures;  Harold & Maude, Paramount Pictures/Photofest, © Paramount Pictures