The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: February 11-17

02/11/2015 9:30 AM |

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Directed by George Cukor
After years of being deemed “box office poison,” Katharine Hepburn made her comeback here as socialite Tracy Lord in Cukor’s adaptation of Philip Barry’s play. Hepburn’s own upbringing makes her an indefectible Tracy: she gracefully embodies the bullheaded-yet-sensitive debutante. Ms. Lord and her family are planning her second wedding, but find themselves befuddled by countless hijinks from her unscrupulous ex (a luminous Cary Grant) and a brooding, jaded reporter (Jimmy Stewart) neither of whom can resist Tracy’s affections. Unblunted humor is awry as Tracy is forced to question her choices in life, and in romance. Cukor’s direction and Donald Odgen Stewart’s screenplay make for a timeless screwball comedy poised with delicate eroticism. Samantha Vacca (Feb 14, 6:30pm, 9pm at BAM)