Once a month, PFS invites viewers to revisit some of the most beloved, acclaimed, and memorable cinematic masterworks of yesteryear with our Classics series.
THE QUIET MAN
JOHN FORD | USA | 1952
March 14 | 7:30 PM | PFS Roxy Theater
There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day than with this John Ford’s sweeping classic, which highlights the beauty of the Emerald Isle in all its Technicolor glory. The Quiet Man stars John Wayne as Sean Thornton, a Pittsburgh boxer who’s decided to hang up his gloves and return to his family’s ancestral home of Inisfree. Upon his arrival in the quaint Irish hamlet, Sean catches the eye of flame-haired lass Mary Kate Donaher (Maureen O’Hara), while also making an enemy of her boorish older brother (Victor McLaglen). Will the Yank manage to woo his fiery paramour, or will her dastardly brother stand in the way? With its gorgeous location photography, keen interest in local language and culture, and cast of hilarious and lovable supporting characters, The Quite Man is a love letter to Ireland at its most lushly beautiful and storybook charming.
TOUCH OF EVIL
ORSON WELLES | USA | 1958
April 11 | 7:30 PM | PFS Roxy Theater
Embarking on his honeymoon with wife Susie (Janet Leight), Mexican Narcotics officer Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) is under the impression he can finally get some much needed vacation time. Plans change when a car explodes at the border and he is thrust into an investigation with the American police force, led by unethical Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). Quinlan immediately fingers a young Mexican as the culprit, but Vargas believes that Quinlan planted the evidence and his own investigation into the captain leads him down a rabbit hole of police corruption. This formally audacious and thematically bleak noir is an essential addition to Welles’s legendary filmography.
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE BOMB
STANLEY KUBRICK | USA, UK | 1964
May 23 | 7:30 PM | PFS Roxy Theater
Stanley Kubrick finds absurdist humor in the least likely of scenarios: the desperate American effort to prevent nuclear armageddon when a rogue U.S. Air Force general orders a first strike against the USSR.