Blood, blondes and Middle Earth at Brattle

by Beacon Staff • October 1, 2008

p>classic movies, will debut a trio of new series this fall. span style="font-weight: bold;"This October at the Brattle: Cambridge's Brattle Theater, which specializes in showing international and lesser-known br style="font-style: italic;" style="font-style: italic;"classic movies, will debut a trio of new series this fall.nbsp; On display in early October will be No Dumb Blond, a 100th birthdaycelebration of 1930s movie star Carol Lombard that will show five of Lombard's movies; Return to the Grindhouse, an anthology of classic horror movies; and the Lord of the Ring trilogy, which will feature all three of the wildly popular Lord of the Ring movies in their extended DVD versions.

br /span style="font-weight: bold;"Return to the Grindhousebr /br /Return to Grindhousenbsp;is a 16-movie series that "flies between micro-genres from women-in-prison, to slasher horror, to Euro-sleaze, to the full range of lsquo;sploitations," according to Brattlefilm.org.nbsp;All movies in the series are hand-picked by Lars Nilsen,nbsp; who for seven years has run Austin's Alamo Drafthouse's "Weird Wednesday" mdash; a weekly educational feature that shows obscure movies in an attempt to explore film, according to Originalalamo.com, the official Web site of the Alamo Drafthouse.

Return to Grindhousenbsp;will show one-of-a-kind horror films from the 20thnbsp;century, many of which, includingnbspRolling Thundernbsp;andnbspWild Pussycat, are (obviously) not available on DVD.nbsp;nbsp;Lars Nilsen will be in attendance at the Brattle Theater for select screenings to answer questions to viewers and fans.

On display throughout the nine days of screenings will benbspRolling Thunder,nbsp;Wild Pussycat,nbsp;Don't Go In The House, Blood Freak, Sex Demons, Riot On The Sunset Strip, Teenage Hitchikers, Toys Are Not For Children, Sweet Sugar, Chained Heat, Death Laid An Egg, The Frightened Woman, Darker Than Amber, Truck Turner, Psycho From Texas andnbspSnakes.nbsp;

The Brattle Theater will show five of Lombard's movies, focused on "the roles that she cherry-picked to star in ndash; using her unique status and patience to choose only the most interesting roles," according to Brattlefilm.org.nbsp; The five films featured will benbspNothing Scared,nbsp;Mr. and Mrs. Smith,nbsp;My Man Godfrey,nbsp;Twentieth Centurynbsp;andnbspTo Be Or Not To Be.nbsp; br /Lombard's role in 1936'snbspMy Man Godfrey, another screwball comedy, may be her most prominent, as she was nominated for a 1937 Oscar Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.nbsp;nbsp;Three of the movie's other actors, William Powell, Alice Brady and Mischa Auernbsp;were nominated for Oscar Awards for their roles.br /br style="font-style: italic;" style="font-style: italic;"Mr. and Mrs. Smith, not tonbsp;be confused with the 2005 comedy starring Angelina Jolie and her boy toy Brad Pitt,nbsp;is a laugh-out-loud 1941 comedy that features Lombard and Robert Montgomery playing the roles of a husband and wife who are having second thoughts about their marriage ndash; only to soon find out that due to a technicality, they are not actually married.nbsp;nbsp;Lombard, who "far outshines both [of her] male costars," according to Dvdverdict.com, is forever etched in the hearts of critics because of her role.nbsp; br /br style="font-style: italic;" style="font-style: italic;"To Be Or Not To Be, a 1942 comedy, was the last movie Lombard ever appeared in, as she died two months before its release.nbsp;The flick features Lombard playing an actress in Warsaw, Poland during the Nazi reign in the 1930s.nbsp; Lombard uses her acting skills to comically thwart soldiers at every turn.

br style="font-weight: bold;"The Lord of the Rings

Countless Oscar nominations and awards, billions of dollars in box office revenue and a solid place in American cinema history is apparently not enough to keep fans from demanding another visit to Middle Earth and theLord of the Ringsnbsp;trilogy.nbsp; We all remember being swept away by Peter Jackson's visionary masterpiece five years ago, but in case you werenbsp;bed-stricken, not yet conceived or simply going against the grain, a trip to the Brattle Theatre may be in order.

The Brattle will show the extended, director's cut version of all threeLord of the Ringsnbsp;installments The Fellowship of the Ring,nbsp;The Two Towersnbsp;andnbspThe Return of the King) from Oct. 10-13.

The extended editions of the films provide about 30-40 minutes of extra footage that restore the cut portions of the story that didn't make it into the already-lengthy theatrical versions of each installment. nbsp;Tolkeinphiles looking for an opportunity to watch each film or the lonely souls who missed out on the trilogy can check out a complete schedule atnbsp;Brattlefim.org.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; br style="font-style: italic;"