Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(2006) (Shown on DVD): If only we were so lucky. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Feb. 2, 11am.
Cyrano de Bergerac
(1990) (Shown on video): Shortly before traipsing off for an abortive Hollywood career, G�rard Depardieu lent his uncommon features to this classy Edmond Rostand adaptation. Vincent Perez, who you wouldn't think would need help with the ladies, seeks out Depardieu and his big honker to seduce Anne Brochet. With a script co-written by great Bu�uel collaborator Jean-Claude Carri�re. (Not reviewed.) Wed., Jan. 30, 7pm.
The Neverending Story
(1984) (Shown on DVD): Ironically, eight minutes were snipped for the American release of this lavish West German English-language production, which plunges viewers into a fantasy world rife with memorably Teutonic imagery, including a flying dog, laser-beam-shooting sphinxes and more than a couple dwarves. B Sat., Feb. 2, 11am.
Best of Black Lily Film and Music Festival 2007
(Shown on video): The female-oriented festival, set to return this May, brings two of last year's best to the Bryn Mawr. Plenty of Good Women Dancers covers the history of African-American female dancers from the 1920s through the 1950s, with pitstops at Edith "Baby Edwards" Hunt, Hortense Allen Jordan and Libby Spencer. The hour-long doc will be paired with the short Women Play Klezmer. Wed., Feb. 6, 7pm.
Children of Heaven
(1997) (Shown on film): Kids had long been the focus of Iranian cinema, but they weren't particularly mawkish until Majid Majidi's cutesy but still reasonably neorealist tale of siblings who have to share shoes after one of them loses his. Surely it's not nearly as insufferable as Majidi's follow-up The Color of Paradise, which features a blind mawkish child. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Feb. 2, 2pm.
An Affair to Remember
(1957) (Shown on film): The freak occurrence where a director remakes his or her own film: It happened to Hitchcock (with The Man Who Knew Too Much) and it happened to Leo McCarey (Duck Soup), who put a spit shine on his 1939 tearjerker Love Affair almost two decades after the fact. A relaxed Cary Grant and a lively Deborah Kerr are the engaged couple whose romance on a cruise ship is spoiled by some particularly gruesome screenwriterly turns of fate. Grant and Kerr's chemistry, at once playful and smoldering, produces a first hour that's a lot funnier and looser than the film's reputation would have it. The contrivance-heavy remainder threatens to spoil the mood but doesn't: Like the work of Franks Capra or Borzage, this is the kind of sudster that earns each of its 5,000 hankies. B+ Sun., Feb. 3, 2pm.
The Secret Garden
(1993) (Shown on DVD): After hits like Europa Europa and Olivier Olivier, Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland went to Britain to film the umpteenth film or TV version of the Frances Hodgson Burnett book, about an orphaned girl who breathes metaphorical life back into her miserable uncle by breathing physical life into his unkempt garden. With Maggie Smith and Ir�ne Jacob. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Feb. 2, 11am.
(1982/1973) (Shown on film): See A-List, p. 20. Fri., Feb. 1, 8pm.
Garlic and Watermelons
(2005) (Shown on video): With shades of what could've happened here in Philly, this doc focuses on some 40 Gypsy families in Athens trying to keep their homes during the planning for the 2004 Summer Olympics. (Not reviewed.) Thurs., Jan. 31, 8pm.
On the Waterfront
(1954) (Shown on DVD): That Marlon Brando ain't bad, eh? A- Fri., Feb. 1-Sat., Feb. 2, 8pm; and Sun., Feb. 3, 7pm.