To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Technicolor—the unique process that brought vivid “living color” to motion pictures—the Dryden Theatre is presenting a rare selection of films made in the company’s early two-color system and its later signature three-strip dye transfer process. Technicolor’s entrance into film history was preceded by long years of arduous development and testing, which eventually yielded the glorious palette of colors that could be modulated and transformed to suit any given project. Our program begins with the two films that sealed Technicolor’s preeminence in Hollywood: La Cucaracha (1934) and Becky Sharp (1935)… [read more]

The Conscience series brings together one revised and four new documentaries that examine the history of contemporary political dissent and the enforcement of the rule of law that suppresses those rights. The series begins with Maidan, which details the recent civil unrest in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Next up is Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, an intimate rendering of the politically conscious theatre company that continues to defy the government of Belarus. On Saturday, February 7, we are pleased to present 1971, Johanna Hamilton’s portrait of the Media Eight, the anti-war resisters who successfully… [read more]

She catapulted to stardom after Hollywood discovered her fabulous 18-year-old face on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske, and known as Betty) started at the top of the Hollywood A-list with her first starring role opposite Humphrey Bogart, and stayed there her entire career. The recipient of the George Eastman Award in 1990 for her contributions to film, she also won Tony Awards for two Broadway musicals. We are pleased to remember her by screening three of her most iconic films: her electrifying 1944 screen debut in To Have and Have Not opposite Bogart, her soon-to-be husband; Key Largo (1948) starring with Bogart… [read more]

The Dryden is pleased to showcase four films from three independent black directors whose work is too seldom seen. Getting these films made was only half the battle—finding distributors to get them into theaters remains a great challenge to independent productions. Black director/writer/producer Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates is considered by some film scholars to be his best film and this silent classic will be accompanied by Philip Carli. Kathleen Collins’s only feature film was Losing Ground (1982) and never received a general release. Newly remastered by Milestone Films in collaboration with Collins’s daughter, this screening… [read more]

The genius that possessed Robin Williams was evident from his first manically gleeful performance as Mork on television’s Happy Days. His immediate success and the recognition he garnered from that goofy space alien belied his formal acting training at the Juilliard School, a forum that provided a framework of discipline for Williams’s wild spontaneity. It also launched his amazing film career. Capable of creating hilarity one moment and deep pathos the next, Robin Williams was a true original and the body of work that he left us will keep us laughing and crying for years to come. To celebrate and remember Robin Williams, the Dryden will screen nine of his films… [read more]

Barbara Stanwyck rose from an orphan’s poverty to the top of the Hollywood A-list, bringing intelligence, naturalness, and spirit to every one of her 85 film roles. Her career—from chorus girl on the stage, to leading lady in all genres on the screen, to award-winning actress on television weekly series and films—spanned an incredibly diverse and productive sixty years. Nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award four times, she never won, but received a richly deserved honorary Oscar in 1982 in recognition of her entire film career. The Dryden is delighted to be able to present seven of Stanwyck’s classic films that show why so many of Hollywood’s top… [read more]