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A Night at the Opera

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A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

Image courtesy of Warner Brothers

A Night at the Opera

(Sam Wood, 1935)

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.

Tue, May 14, 2013 7 PM

“And now, on with the opera. Let joy be unconfined. Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons, and necking in the parlor.”—Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx)

Grouch, Chico, and Harpo Marx tackle high society in one of the greatest of all American comedies. As always, plot takes a backseat to the brothers’ nonstop puns and visual gags including the famous crowded stateroom scene. Also with Kitty Carlisle and Margaret Dumont. (96 mins., DCP)

Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian headline Next@Wex Fest at the LC Outdoor Pavilion on June 14; the lineup also includes Jungle and Son Lux.

Hard to Be a God

Don't miss what Cinema Scope calls a "beautiful, brilliant…message from another time": Aleksei German's Hard to Be a God, screening Tuesday, May 26.