This Week's Revivals
By Richard von Busack
Monte Sereno Film Festival
The valley's quietest community celebrates its golden anniversary with a program of 1950s classics at the Los Gatos Theater for $5 a pop: East of Eden, Jailhouse Rock, Funny Face, Pal Joey, Vertigo and Some Like it Hot. Fifties costumes are encouraged. (Plays Oct 14 in Los Gatos at the Los Gatos Theater; www.montesereno.org.) (RvB)
Niles Film Museum
Regularly scheduled silent movies. Tonight: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) with Mary Pickford. This proverbial tale of sweetness and light was shot in the Santa Cruz mountains, with SC's own Zasu Pitts. Also: The Bond (1918) with Charlie Chaplin; in front of various blank backgrounds, Charlie pantomimes the important bonds in life—none so important as Liberty Bonds for World War 1! With Sydney Chaplin as the Kaiser. And Broncho Billy Anderson in Shootin' Mad (1918). (Plays Oct 13 at 7:30 in Fremont at the Edison Theater, 37417 Niles Blvd in Fremont; Nilesfilmmuseum.org.) (RvB)
(1999) In retrospect, it's clear that Mike Judge's cult film is more relevant to valley life than any other Hollywood film ever made. Judge, the animator responsible for King of the Hill, sums up the monotony of all those Inintechs throughout the valley: the tip-up buildings, the tedium of light industrial parks, the forced jollity of the so-called "flair restaurant" and the inanity of middle management. Gary Cole will probably be typecast for life following his terrific performance as an insufferable but never actually impolite boss. The film's flaws—a disintegrating third act and the casting of Jennifer Aniston—fade on a midnight viewing. (Plays Oct 12-13 at midnight in Palo Alto at the Aquarius Theater.) (RvB)
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