Four days and nights of films include Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The Three Stooges, and The Marx Brothers Rochester, N.Y. - The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House rings in and "laughs" in the New Year, with comedies and double features on the big screen Monday, Dec. 28, through New Year's Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31. Monday, Dec. 28 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (Woody Allen, US 1969, 85 min.) 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ZELIG (Woody Allen, US 1983, 79 min.) In the first of these two faux documentaries from Woody Allen, he plays Virgil Starkwell, criminal on the run from the law and wanted in six states. Then, Woody plays Leonard Zelig, who transforms himself chameleon-like into anyone. Tuesday, Dec. 29 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. CITY LIGHTS (Charles Chaplin, US 1931, 86 min., 35mm) and 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. MODERN TIMES (Charles Chaplin, US 1936, 87 min.) In the first of these masterworks by Chaplin, his iconic Little Tramp falls in love with a blind flower girl, convinces her that he is a handsome millionaire, and provides her with the funds for a sight-restoring operation. Then, as a big city factory worker, the Little Tramp confronts the mechanized world. Wednesday, Dec. 30 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. GHOSTBUSTERS (Ivan Reitman, US 1984, 105 min.) and 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. GREMLINS (Joe Dante, US 1984, 105 min.) Revisit the summer of 1984 with these two comedy-horror classics celebrating their 25th anniversary. First, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis star as a trio of university rejects driven to start a business that protects the world from any ghoulish threat. In Gremlins, a cute and fuzzy "Mogwai" spawns a legion of vicious gnomes at Christmastime. Soon, a small town is besieged by hordes of gremlins, smoking cigars and wielding chainsaws. Thursday, Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Fun 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Dryden Theatre invites you to laugh in the New Year with films by The Three Stooges and The Marx Brothers. At 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. it's "A Night at the Stooge-eum" (approx. 80 min.). Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! The Three Stooges - Moe, Larry and Curly - star in their zaniest short comedies: Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938),An Ache in Every Stake(1941),Punch Drunks(1934), and A Plumbing We Will Go(1940). At 3:30 and 8:30 p.m., the Dryden screens A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (Sam Wood, US 1935, 92 min.), one of the finest Marx Brothers comedies, with Groucho, Chico, and Harpo invading the world of opera. Ring in the New Year with these anarchic laughfests that proudly display an utter lack of respect for authority or social mores. Five films for one admission price/Regular Dryden admission. Admission to each double feature, including New Year's Eve, is regular Dryden admission: $7 general admission/$5 students. For more information, please visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.
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