Thursday, September 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Raintree County (MGM, 1957)
Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her portrayal of a spoiled Southern belle in this Civil War epic. As Susanna Drake, she lures the pacifist abolitionist John Shawnessy away from his high-school sweetheart and into an unhappy marriage. Frustrated, John leaves home to fight for the Union army while Susanna descends into depression and insanity. Directed by Edward Dmytryk, the film also stars Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint.
Friday, September 19 (7:30 p.m.)
An Ideal Husband (Miramax, 1999)
A stalwart member of Parliament (Jeremy Northam) learns that his career and marriage will suffer scandal unless he submits to a blackmailer (Julianne Moore). He turns his fate over to lifelong bachelor Lord Goring (Rupert Everett), “the idlest man in London.” Oliver Parker directed this delightful adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic 1895 comedy, which also features Cate Blanchett and Minnie Driver.
Saturday, September 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strike Back (20th Century-Fox, 1980)
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader. The much-anticipated continuation of the Star Wars saga, Irvin Kershner’s 1980 sequel sustained the action-adventure and storytelling success of its predecessor and helped lay the foundation for one of the most commercially successful film series in American cinematic history. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and won a Special Achievement Award for visual effects. Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher are joined by Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda. The original version of The Empire Strikes Back was added to the National Film Registry in 2010. The special 1997 edition will be screened.
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