Summaries written by David Thomson
Saturday through Monday
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Thirty-five years after Two Seconds (our co-feature) came this homage to Warner Brothers movies (and one that Jack Warner didn’t understand). The gangsters have become glamorous icons (thanks to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway). Arthur Penn directs them as if they are animals in mortal danger. Bonnie and Clyde marks the start of a new cinema, loaded with sex and violence. It made a lot of money for all concerned, including Warner Brothers, but Jack, the last of the Warner boys, was losing his touch and his deadly instinct.
Plays Saturday through Monday (September 30-October 2) at 7:30, plus Sat/Sun matinee at 4:00.
Two Seconds (1932)
Back to basics: a 68-minute, pre-Code film from 1932 in which Edward G. Robinson delivers a tour-de-force performance as a loser, with a searing speech in court about his fate. This was the reality of hard times and their victims. Harvey Thew wrote it and Mervyn LeRoy directed. The cast also included Vivienne Osborne and Preston Foster. What does “Two Seconds” mean? It’s the time it takes someone to die in the electric chair—or long enough for a great shot.
Plays Saturday through Monday (September 30-October 2) at 6:10 and 9:40.