This Week At The New Beverly: The Godfather Trilogy Plus Vincent Cassel as Mesrine!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Wednesday & Thursday, December 22 & 23

And speaking of Christmas counterprogramming, the New Beverly initiates a week of pre- and post-Christmas and New Year festivities designed to make sure your cinephile heart stays merry and bright with a two-part tale of personal ambition, and that you strut into 2011 alive with the hopes and dreams of one of America's most celebrated families coursing through your spirit. Get warmed up for Christmas on December 23 with a chance to catch one of 2010's most heralded performances-Vincent Cassel as real-life Gallic gangster Jacques Mesrine in a two-part chronicle of the criminal's nearly two-decade-long dominion over the French underworld in director Jean-Francois Richet's MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1(2010) and MESRINE: KILLER INSITINCT (2010). This is probably your last chance to see Cassel's magnetic work here, in what will surely be an important performance in terms of year-end attention, perhaps also as an interesting point of comparison to how Bronson handles similarly themed material.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct
2008, France/Canada/Italy, 113 minutes
directed by Jean-François Richet; starring Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, Gérard Depardieu, Roy Dupuis, Gilles Lellouche; in French with English subtitles
Wed & Thurs: 7:30, Trailer

Winner of César Awards for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Sound

Critic's Pick! A riveting, visceral entertainment that evokes a Gallic SCARFACE - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

- plus on the same bill -

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
2008, France/Canada, 133 minutes
directed by Jean-François Richet; starring Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Gérard Lanvin, Samuel Le Bihan, Olivier Gourmet; in French with English subtitles
Wed & Thurs: 9:45

A remarkable cinematic experience! - Aint It Cool News

A French GOODFELLAS. Mesmerizing, funny, sexy, horrific and the stuff of great global cinema. See it. - James Verniere, Boston Herald

Friday & Saturday, December 24 & 25

Closed For The Holidays

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, December 26, 27 & 28

After the presents are all opened and before the warm holiday glow dissipates, come join in the resurgence of a New Beverly Cinema tradition-the revival, on the same bill, of two of the greatest American films of all time. Have you ever seen THE GODFATHER (1972) and THE GODFATHER PART II(1974) back-to-back in a theater? I have not, but that all ends this year. Think about it-for one low admission price ($7) you get to spend 375 minutes (that's six hours and 15 minutes, not counting intermission), uninterrupted by phones, unwanted visitors, leaf blowers and other home theater-unfriendly distractions, in the company of perhaps the single greatest suspended act of storytelling in the history of the movies. How is this not the best deal of the month in terms of sheer guaranteed moviegoing pleasure? Take the voyage through the bloody history of the Corleone family with director Francis Ford Coppola, never more assured or brilliant, as your guide. This truly is an offer you can't-No, I won't say it. Just leave the gun, take the cannoli and, after a treat this rich, never take sides against the New Beverly again. 

The Godfather
1972, USA, 175 minutes
directed by Francis Ford Coppola; written by Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola; starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Richard S. Castellano & more!
Sun: 4:00; Mon & Tue: 7:00, Trailer

Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture & Best Actor Marlon Brando. Nominated for another 8 Oscars!

Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment. - Vincent Canby, New York Times

- plus on the same bill -

The Godfather: Part II
1974, USA, 200 minutes
directed by Francis Ford Coppola; written by Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola; starring Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg & more!
Sun: 7:15; Mon & Tue: 10:15, Trailer

Winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director & Best Support Actor Robert De Niro. Nominated for 5 other Oscars including Best Actor Al Pacino.

The performances, Gordon Willis' memorably gloomy camerawork, the stately pace and the sheer scale of the story's sweep render everything engrossing and so, well, plausible that our ideas of organised crime in America will forever be marked by this movie.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Wednesday & Thursday, December 29 & 30

But, as they used to say on late-night TV, that's not all! The New Beverly expands the Corleone viewing tradition by giving you a rare chance to follow up those two undisputed masterpieces with another theatrical look at the third part in the Corleone saga, THE GODFATHER PART III (1990). It truly seems that no movie has ever come saddled with so many expectations, many of them impossible to realize, many of them stoked by a media force ready to ambush and crucify Coppola for any and all perceived transgressions and missteps in extending the tale of a crime family which had come to reflect America in all its familial loyalty, as well as its attendant amorality, soullessness and dead-end violence. This third part is certainly not up to the high standards Coppola himself set, but I've always thought it was a far better movie than its reputation, especially huddled in the shadow of the previous achievements, would ever suggest. It's a privilege to be able to revisit the third part of the Corleone family saga on the eve of a new and hopefully brighter new year, to try to see it apart from the hype and the criticism that delivered it virtually presold to its 1990 audience with a veneer of negativity in a way the immensely popular parts I and II never were.

The Godfather: Part III
1990, USA, 162 minutes - 20th Anniversary!
directed by Francis Ford Coppola; written by Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola; starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, Sofia Coppola, Helmut Berger
Wed & Thurs: 8:00 pm, Trailer

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture & Best Director!

The Godfather Part III matches its predecessors in narrative intensity, epic scope, socio-political analysis, physical beauty and deep feeling for its characters and milieu. - Variety


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

8: John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented
14-31: Edgar Wright presents THE WRIGHT STUFF II
29: Suburbia (1983)

5: Phantasm II
12: Let The Right One In

Program notes by Dennis Cozzalio
Schedule subject to change

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