Brattle co-director Ivy Moylan notes various ways in which Harvard has affected the development of the theater, starting in the fifties when "Bogie films"-films starring Humphrey Bogart-were played during reading period and a "Bogie cult" started among students.
And students still make it to the classics at the theater.
"It feels great having college kids continue to come to see classic films, films made long before they were born or their parents were born," Moylan
says."There is a lot of value in these films-not only do they show us our past but they also show where today's films come from, where the cinematic references in Donnie Darko, Fight Club
or The Matrix originated."
While other modern theaters-such as the Somerville Theater and Kendall Square Cinema-show movies similar to the Brattle's
theater stands apart from the rest.The Brattle
is the only theater in the Boston area with a functional balcony, an independent association and a range of movies wider than that of the average multiplex, Moylan
And the Brattle
has always had a fair amount of star power with visiting directors and actors.This year, the Brattle
will also launch two awards, the Bogie and the Orson.
Through programs like this, say the Brattle's
management, the creativity of this small building won't stop any time soon.
"We want to open people's minds, make them see that film can mean so many different kinds of things," Moylan