Saturday through Tuesday

War and Peace (1956)

This ambitious film, directed by the great King Vidor, has much to recommend it, including Technicolor epic spectacle and especially Audrey Hepburn's radiant performance as Natasha. We’ll just quote Woody Allen’s summary of War and Peace: “It’s about Russia.”

With Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Herbert Lom, John Mills, Oscar Homolka, Wilfrid Lawson, Vittorio Gassman, Anita Ekberg, Helmut Dantine, Milly Vitale, Barry Jones.

Directed by King Vidor, Mario Soldati (battle scenes). Produced by Carlo Ponti, Dino De Laurentis. Screenplay by Bridget Boland, Robert Westerby, King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Ennio de Concini, Ivo Perelli. Photographed by Jack Cardiff, Aldo Tonti (battle scenes). Paramount. 208 minutes.

Saturday through Tuesday (August 29-September 1) at 7:30, plus 3:00 Sat/Sun.

Wednesday through Friday

Bells are Ringing (1960)

A switchboard operator at a telephone answering service takes too much interest in the personal lives of her clients.

In her last film the incomparable Judy Holliday repeats the role she played over 800 times on Broadway.

With Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy, Jr., Jean Stapleton, Ruth Storey, Frank Gorshin.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Produced by Arthur Freed. Written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, from their play. Photographed by Milton Krasner. Music and lyrics by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. MGM. 126 minutes.

Wednesday through Friday (September 2-4) at 7:30.

It Should Happen to You (1954)

An unknown model comes to New York City, rents a billboard on Columbus Circle and displays her name in giant letters.

Discovering Judy Holliday is one of the great joys of coming to the Stanford Theatre. This was Jack Lemmon’s first film.

With Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford, Michael O’Shea.

Directed by George Cukor. Screenplay by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. Photographed by Charles Lang. Music by Frederick Hollander. Columbia. 87 min.

Wednesday through Friday (September 2-4) at 5:50 and 9:50..