If your Facebook feed is anything like mine this graduation season, it features hundreds of celebratory pictures of friends and relatives in silly gowns and sillier hats. It’s probably gotten to the point where the Hallmark-esque photo ops of newly flipped tassels are making you seriously consider deactivating your account. Worse yet are the genuinely excited statuses questioning: “Who is going to the 5 year reunion!?!?!” Note: Those are a friend’s exclamation points, not mine.
While we at the Dig have vowed to skip each high school and college reunion unless we live to our 75th, this is one reunion we can’t miss. The Brattle Theatre is commemorating classic films as they celebrate their 25th, 50th, and 75th “reunion” year. Kicking off the retrospective is Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and rightfully so. With its biting black comedy satirizing the nucleur scare, its silly hypersexualized character names—General Jack D. Ripper, Buck Turginson, Merkin Muffley— and star Peter Sellers (and Peter Sellers and Peter Sellers), Stranglove is a worthy classic to kick off the retrospective. Sure you’re disappointed you won’t see Kubrick’s The Shining—that flick is only 34-years-old this year—but fear not: you will see Jack Nicholson in all his green-haired glory in Tim Burton’s Batman as The Joker.
Check out a young, suave Sean Connery in Goldfinger, the third Bond flick, but the first to win an Academy Award. Also Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Rules of the Game, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Do the Right Thing, and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. Babes in Arms, a film directed by Busby Berkeley, is one of the two films celebrating its 75th anniversary, but the only film significant enough to be screened on Saturday and Sunday. Is this due to Judy Garland being fantastically melodious and adorable, or because it is actually a great musical? That’s up to you, the discerning viewer (who wisely chose the cinema over reunions where every conversation begins with “So what do you do?” and ends in existential crisis), to decide.
REUNION WEEKEND. BRATTLE THEATRE, 40 BRATTLE ST., CAMBRIDGE. FRI 5.30 – MON 6.2. FOR SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS VISIT BRATTLEFILM.ORG