France: how many love affairs have you spawned, both real and fictional? If Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and French the language of love, it would only make sense that some of film’s finest romances have taken place in the City of Lights. This summer, a ticket to the Dryden is your passport to cross-continental romance. Hollywood royalty William Holden and Audrey Hepburn find love with a little help from the movies as a screenwriting duo in the rarely screened charmer Paris When It Sizzles. Greta Garbo is at her most alluring (and funny!) as a Russian agent in Ernst Lubitsch’s comic delight Ninotchka, and Juliette Binoche is a baker who casts a spell on Johnny Depp in the perennial foodie-film favorite Chocolat. Finally, our screen will be set aflame by Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant in the date movie of the 1960s, A Man and a Woman. Vive l’amour, and vive le cinéma!
Thursday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Paris When It Sizzles
(Richard Quine, US 1964, 110 min., 35mm)
Thursday, August 15, 8 p.m.
A Man and a Woman
(Un homme et une femme, Claude Lelouch, France 1966, 102 min., French w/ subtitles, 35mm)
Thursday, August 22, 8 p.m.
(Ernst Lubitsch, US 1940, 110 min., 35mm)
Thursday, August 29, 8 p.m.
(Lasse Hallström, US/UK 2000, 121 min., 35mm)