ROXANNE
1987, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

Steve Martin was never better than as long-nosed Colorado fire chief C.D. Bales in this sparkling update of Cyrano de Bergerac. Daryl Hannah is the titular beauty who catches the eye of a rookie fireman (Rick Rossovich) reliant on Bales’ way with words for his love letters to her. Martin penned the screenplay to this charming romantic comedy, among the best of the 1980s - the film’s barroom challenge to devise 20 nose jokes is just one example of the writer-star’s razor-sharp wit.


WORDS AND PICTURES
2013, Roadside Attractions, 111 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

Alcohol and arthritis, respectively, have slowed the careers of writer Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) and painter Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche); the two now teach at an exclusive New England prep school. But both are re-energized when a debate rages across campus - which is stronger, words or images? Director Fred Schepisi’s skill in both of these areas has produced a romantic drama that’s as emotionally involving as it is thought-provoking. With Bruce Davison and Amy Brenneman.


VOGUES OF 1938
1937, Westchester Films Inc., 109 min, USA, Dir: Irving Cummings

Gorgeously filmed and costumed, with first-rate performances and a sparkling script this romantic comedy --set in 1937's New York City-- has it all: high fashion, a winsome runaway bride, The Cotton Club's singers and dancers, snobs of all stripes laid low, hazardous rollerskating tricks, and Max Factor's makeup magic ... all in glowing color. Don't miss the chance to see this nearly forgotten film on the big screen!

Truly a feast for the eyes, this musical (an Oscar nominee for Best Art Direction) makes stunning use of Technicolor to show off some of the most beautiful costumes of the 1930s. Runaway bride Joan Bennett leaves wealthy Alan Mowbray at the altar to become a model, eventually falling for fashion designer Warner Baxter. As a rival designer, Mischa Auer is an absolute delight.


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