Weekend Matinees at 11:30am
Sat 7 Mar
Sun 8 Mar
Duck Soup [35mm]
directed by Leo McCarey in English starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx (1933)
This classic Marx Brothers romp follows Rufus Firefly (Groucho Marx), the newly appointed leader of the penniless nation of Freedonia, just as neighboring Sylvania plans to attack. An anarchic comedy in which the gag trumps any plot or theme, the film’s greatest punch line may be that Groucho’s corrupt, lunatic dictator would play the straight man against his real-world counterparts.
With a post-World War I cynicism toward patriotism and a pre-World War II unease about democracy’s fragility, the Marx Brothers (even Zeppo!) mine comedic gold from the topics of war, nationalism, money, and politics.
Sat 21 Mar
Sun 22 Mar
A Night at the Opera [35mm]
directed by Sam Wood starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx (1935)
The Marx Brothers invade the world of opera with devastating results. Arguably their finest film (a close race with Duck Soup), with tuneful music and appealing romance neatly interwoven. One priceless comedy bit follows another: the stateroom scene, the Party of the First Part contract, etc. This is as good as it gets!
Sat 28 Mar
Sun 29 Mar
A Day at the Races [35mm]
directed by Sam Wood starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx (1937)
The Marxes wreak havoc at a sanatorium, where wealthy hypochondriac Margaret Dumont is the leading patient; often uproarious comedy features some of the trio’s funniest set pieces. The last great Marx Brothers film!