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RETURN OF THE DOUBLE FEATURE

Through Tuesday, September 13

The Return of the DOUBLE FEATURE

ALL FILMS 2 FOR 1 ADMISSION!

FILM FORUM MEMBERS PAY ONLY $8 PER DOUBLE FEATURE!

Programmed by Bruce Goldstein

Ah, the double bill! During Hollywood’s Golden Age – unless the feature was Gone with the Wind length – your movie ticket usually entitled you to see an “A picture” (bigger stars, bigger budgets) paired with a “B picture” (lesser stars, smaller budgets – but oftentimes the more entertaining part of the bill). In the Golden Age of the Revival Theater, double features of classic films – often of equal merit - offered three to five hour marathons to hardened buffs, who could plunge hip deep into a director’s or an actor’s oeuvre or a genre or a theme, or spend the intermission head-scratching over a particular combination. Younger moviegoers – grown up ordering tickets by smartphone – have missed all the fun.  Well, They’re Back!  Here are twenty-six classic pair-ups – all Two for the Price of One! 

EVEN MORE DOUBLE FEATURES IN OUR MARX BROTHERS FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 23-29. 

Reviews

“There are times when one plus one equals three — at least at the movies. Return of the Double Feature!, a 26-day retrospective series opening on Friday at Film Forum, offers proof...For cinephiles of a certain age, including [Film Forum Repertory Programmer Bruce] Goldstein and myself, the double feature was a way of learning — and thinking — about movies. The double features in the Film Forum series are variously linked by director, actor, genre or character. Mr. Goldstein calls each a “little crash course.” Return of the Double Feature! begins by pairing “Vertigo” and “Rear Window.” Both were directed by Alfred Hitchcock; each stars James Stewart, cast against type as something of a perv. Most important, both are self-reflexive movies beloved by cinephiles for their fascination with voyeurism, fetishism and other illicit thrills. To encounter these two for the first time at once could be a revelation...Such is the magic of the double bill. Showing movies in dialogue encourages them to talk to each other even as it allows them to speak for themselves.”
– J. Hoberman, The New York Times

“AN IMMACULATE SERIES! Both a gateway for young cinephiles and a chance for more veteran filmgoers to see that one classic still hovering on their to-watch list.” 
– Samuel B. Prime, The Village Voice

“A GLORIOUS TRADITION! Unplug from Netflix, kiddies, and go to see some real entertainment, all in air-conditioned comfort.”
– Robert Brenner, The Huffington Post 

“Three cheers for double bills. At a time when you can pay close to $20 for a single movie (along with half-an-hour of bad commercials and deafening trailers), it’s about time we remembered when theaters gave you more than your money’s worth.”
– Stephen Whitty, NJ.com

Films in this Series

Friday, August 19

VERTIGO
12:30   5:10   9:50

REAR WINDOW
3:00   7:40

Saturday, August 20

CONTEMPT
12:30   4:25   8:20

BREATHLESS
2:35   6:30   10:25

Sunday, August 21

PATHS OF GLORY
12:30   4:00   7:30

THE KILLING
2:15   5:45   9:15

Monday, August 22

PATHS OF GLORY
12:30   4:00

THE KILLING
2:15

Monday, August 22

SUNRISE
5:45   9:35

NOSFERATU
7:40♪

Tuesday, August 23

YOJIMBO
12:30   4:20   8:20

DJANGO
2:35   6:30   10:25

Wednesday, August 24

IN A LONELY PLACE
12:30   4:10   7:50

THE BIG HEAT
2:20   6:00   9:40

Thursday, August 25

HAROLD AND MAUDE
2:10   5:40   9:15

WHERE’S POPPA?
12:30   4:00   7:30*

Friday, August 26

PSYCHO
12:30   4:50   9:15

REPULSION
2:40   7:00

Saturday, August 27

THE THIRD MAN
12:30   4:25   8:20

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
2:35   6:30   10:25

Sunday, August 28

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
12:30   4:40   8:50

THE BAND WAGON
2:30   6:40

Monday, August 29

THE BICYCLE THIEF
12:30   4:10   7:50

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
2:20   6:00   9:45

Tuesday, August 30

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE
12:30   4:35   8:45

THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE
2:30   6:35

Wednesday, August 31

STRAY DOG
12:30   4:50   9:15

DRUNKEN ANGEL
2:50   7:10

Thursday, September 1

M*A*S*H
12:30   5:05   9:45

McCABE AND MRS. MILLER
2:45   7:20

Friday, September 2

ED WOOD
3:00   7:15

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
1:20    5:30    9:40

Saturday, September 3

BADLANDS
2:25   6:15   10:10

DAYS OF HEAVEN
12:30   4:20   8:10

Sunday, September 4

CITY LIGHTS
12:30   4:05   7:50

MODERN TIMES
2:15   6:00   9:35

Monday, September 5

ON THE WATERFRONT
12:30   4:20   8:10

THE WILD ONE
2:40   6:30   10:20

Tuesday, September 6

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR
12:30   4:15   8:00

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD
2:20   6:05   9:50

Wednesday, September 7

THE BIG SLEEP
2:40   7:10

THE LONG GOODBYE
12:30   4:55   9:30

Thursday, September 8

THE MALTESE FALCON
2:25   6:20   10:15

THE THIN MAN
12:30   4:25   8:20

Friday, September 9

NOTORIOUS
2:20   6:10   10:00
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HIS GIRL FRIDAY
12:30   4:20   8:10
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Saturday, September 10

DIAL M FOR MURDER
IN 3-D
2:20*   6:05   9:50
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HOUSE OF WAX IN 3-D
12:30   4:15   8:00
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Sunday, September 11

LAURA
2:55   6:40
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LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
12:45   4:35   8:30
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Monday, September 12

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
3:00   7:20
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THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT
12:30   4:50   9:10
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Tuesday, September 13

DOUBLE INDEMNITY
12:40   4:55   9:10
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MILDRED PIERCE
2:45   7:00
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