THE CHINA SYNDROME
1979, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: James Bridges

The title of this riveting thriller refers to the possibility that a malfunction at a nuclear power plant could cause radioactive material to melt through the floor, “all the way to China.” Bright and ambitious TV reporter Jane Fonda is on assignment with her cameraman Michael Douglas at a Southern California power plant when she learns of an impending control-room crisis involving plant supervisor Jack Lemmon. While the nuclear power industry greeted the film’s premiere with howls of protest, the Three Mile Island accident that followed less than two weeks later gave it a chilling credibility.


JOY HOUSE
LES FELINS
1964, EuropaCorp, 97 min, Dir: René Clément

Handsome gigolo Alain Delon, on the run from murderous thugs hired by the husband of one of his conquests, flees to the Riviera, where he takes refuge in a religious shelter operated by a rich, mysterious widow (Lola Albright). She hides him in her Gothic mansion, where he suddenly finds himself in a strange love triangle featuring the widow’s sex-starved niece (Jane Fonda). The twists (and curves) just keep coming at Delon, who might be in more danger in his hiding place. René Clément returns to form with this terrific transitional noir with one foot in both the past and the future. With a fabulous ’60s score from Lalo Schifrin. In French with English subtitles.


FUN WITH DICK AND JANE
1977, Sony Repertory, 95 min, Dir: Ted Kotcheff

A lifestyle beyond one’s means and the schemes to maintain it are the basis of this comedy favorite, which was remade in 2005. Dick and Jane Harper (George Segal and Jane Fonda) could lose their beautiful house when Dick is laid off – but it’s nothing a little armed robbery can’t fix. “The Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon costars (and future “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno has an uncredited part). Co-produced by Aero Theatre benefactor Max Palevsky!


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