Repertory

A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.

By Matt Prigge
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Ambler Theater
$4.50-$8.50 (unless otherwise noted). 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.org

The 39 Steps
(1935) (Shown on film): Hailing from his sprightly and more overtly comical British period, Alfred Hitchcock's first masterpiece finds Robert Donat (Goodbye Mr. Chips) handcuffed to the fetching Madeleine Carroll after becoming one of the master's many mistaken murderers. Much of Hitchcock's subsequent work finds its seeds here, particularly North by Northwest, though none combines witty plot developments and speed quite so alluringly. A Thurs., June 5, 7pm.


The Bridge
$2. 40th and Walnut sts. 215.386.3300

Of Human Bondage
(1934) (Shown on film): The most famous film take on W. Somerset Maugham's repeatedly adapted doorstop managed to turn Bette Davis into a star, with Miss Bug Eyes as the woman who repeatedly mucks with the heart of sensitive med student Leslie Howard. (Not reviewed.) Mon., June 9, 1pm.


Bryn Mawr Film Institute
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org

The 39 Steps
(1935) (Shown on film): See Ambler Theater. A Wed., June 4, 7pm.

North by Northwest
(1959) (Shown on film): After Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock apologized to a freaked-out world with the most purely entertaining movie he could make. New York ad director Cary Grant finds himself mistaken for a secret agent and pursued by both the cops and baddie James Mason, in between putting the fully clothed moves on Eva Marie Saint. It ain't just the crop-duster scene, folks. A Tues., June 10, 7:30pm.


Colonial Theatre
$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com

The Evil Dead
(1981) (Shown on DVD): See the A-List, p. 30. B+ Fri., June 6, 10pm.

Stalag 17
(1953) (Shown on film): Billy Wilder tried his hand at the POW-camp drama, and the result is refreshingly Wilderesque, with William Holden as a cynical GI held in a joint lorded over by no less than Otto Preminger. Based on Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski's play, the film can't overcome the source's second-half decline, but there's plenty of fun to be had, including a warm-up for Some Like It Hot. With Don Taylor, Peter Graves and Robert Strauss. B+ Sun., June 8, 2pm.


County Theater
$3.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com

North by Northwest
(1959) (Shown on film): See Ambler Theater. A Mon., June 9, 7pm.


Exhumed Films
$12. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.exhumedfilms.com

Malatesta's Carnival of Blood/Messiah of Evil
(both 1973) (Shown on film): Released to a handful of Southern drive-ins before being rescued by frothing horror magazine reviewers, Christopher Speeth's no-budget Carnival of Blood finds its way to Exhumed via the only known 35 mm print: Speeth's. Filmed just outside Philadelphia with a local cast and crew, Blood finds a family searching for their lost son in a deliriously art-directed carnival they quickly discover is rampant with flesh-eating freaks, ghouls and Herve Villechaize (in his film debut). Speeth, who never directed a follow-up, will be present to introduce and answer questions about his film, which, as the site claims, may never be shown publicly again. If that's not enough of a draw, Exhumed has doubled up on on-film rarities, with Messiah of Evil, a legendarily awesome '70s horror that's never had a remotely decent video transfer. Spouses Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, later of the script for American Graffiti (and, alas, Howard the Duck), vie to convert an H.P. Lovecraft feel to cinema. According to its fans, they achieve and how, with a delicately sinister mood and some first-rate CinemaScope. The dreamy '70s cast includes Royal Dano, Anitra Ford and the great Elisha Cook Jr. (Not reviewed.) Sat., June 7, 8pm.


Independence Living History Center
$8-$12. Third and Chestnut sts. 800.537.7676. www.onceuponanation.org

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