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Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Ninotchka, The Searchers, Vertigo. If titles like these don't start your cinematic blood racing -- and especially if they do -- it's time to rediscover the treasures of Hollywood's "Golden Age" (1930-1950), as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen!

The Classic Films Meetup is all about seeing great movies with other classic film fans. Our base of operations is the beautifully restored Stanford Theatre, in Palo Alto, with occasional forays to other movie palaces, like the Castro, in SF. We (almost) always start with dinner and conversation, before heading to the screening, then regroup to chat after. If that sounds like fun, join us!

Upcoming events (4)

Charulata (The Lonely Wife) (1964): Love and lit in 19th Century India

If you want to meet for dinner before the movie, note "Dinner" in the comments, so we can gauge interest. Check the Comments closer to show date for time and venue. Meet on the balcony landing around 7:15 PM. The Stanford Theatre does not accept credit cards, so come prepared with $7 cash for your ticket. (Seniors: $5.) NOTE: The Stanford is offering a $20 Satyajit Ray Festival Pass for the run of the calendar that will give you unlimited access to any of the movies on any day. It's a good deal, if you plan on spreading out your viewing. Please consider making a contribution to keep this Meetup running. Meetup's annual organizer fees are nearly $200, so please, click on this link, and make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you. And now, on with the show! Charulata (The Lonely Wife) (1963) Starts: 7:30 PM Ends: 9:30 PM Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee Director: Satyajit Ray Plot: In 1870s India, the lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature. (In Bengali with English subtitles.) Stick around after the show, if you want to go for a chat over coffee and dessert! Meet on the balcony landing, near the rail. Parking Near the Stanford Parking is easy, if you use the surface lots near University Ave., or the garages under City Hall, NOLA/Old Pro, or the parking structures on Bryant near Lytton, or on High, just south of University. If you don't connect with us before the movie, look for us in the BALCONY!! This Meetup costs nearly $200 a year, just in the Meetup Organizer fees alone. We operate on a voluntary contribution basis (just like PBS), and we encourage you to make an annual contribution of $15, or whatever you can afford, to help defray the costs. Click on this link, to make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you.

Mahanagar (The Big City) & Teen Kanya (Three Daughters): Women in India

If you want to meet for dinner after the second movie, note "Dinner" in the comments, so we can gauge interest. Check the Comments closer to show date for time and venue. Meet on the balcony landing around 1:45 PM. The Stanford Theatre does not accept credit cards, so come prepared with $7 cash for your ticket. (Seniors: $5.) NOTE: The Stanford is offering a $20 Satyajit Ray Festival Pass for the run of the calendar that will give you unlimited access to any of the movies on any day. It's a good deal, if you plan on spreading out your viewing. Please consider making a contribution to keep this Meetup running. Meetup's annual organizer fees are nearly $200, so please, click on this link, and make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you. And now, on with the show! Mahanagar (The Big City) (1963) Starts: 2:00 PM Ends: 4:15 PM Starring: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri Director: Satyajit Ray Plot: Satyajit Ray’s first portrayal of contemporary life in his native Kolkata, follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the modern Indian woman. (In Bengali with English subtitles.) For more of Ray's depiction of women's lives in India, stick around for... Teen Kanya (Three Daughters) (1961) Starts: 4:25 PM Ends: 7:20 PM Starring: Anil Chatterjee, Chandana Banerjee, Aparna Sen | Director: Satyajit Ray Plot: Based on popular Indian stories of great writer Rabindra Nath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls. (In Bengali with English subtitles.) Parking Near the Stanford Parking is easy, if you use the surface lots near University Ave., or the garages under City Hall, NOLA/Old Pro, or the parking structures on Bryant near Lytton, or on High, just south of University. If you don't connect with us before the movie, look for us in the BALCONY!! This Meetup costs nearly $200 a year, just in the Meetup Organizer fees alone. We operate on a voluntary contribution basis (just like PBS), and we encourage you to make an annual contribution of $15, or whatever you can afford, to help defray the costs. Click on this link, to make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you.

Devi (The Goddess) (1960): A goddess come to life...?

The Stanford Theatre

If you want to meet for dinner before the movie, note "Dinner" in the comments, so we can gauge interest. Check the Comments closer to show date for time and venue. Meet on the balcony landing around 7:15 PM. The Stanford Theatre does not accept credit cards, so come prepared with $7 cash for your ticket. (Seniors: $5.) NOTE: The Stanford is offering a $20 Satyajit Ray Festival Pass for the run of the calendar that will give you unlimited access to any of the movies on any day. It's a good deal, if you plan on spreading out your viewing. Please consider making a contribution to keep this Meetup running. Meetup's annual organizer fees are nearly $200, so please, click on this link, and make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you. And now, on with the show! Devi (The Goddess) (1961) Starts: 7:30 PM Ends: 9:00 PM Starring: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas Director: Satyajit Ray Plot: A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali. (In Bengali with English subtitles.) Stick around after the show, if you want to go for a chat over coffee and dessert! Meet on the balcony landing, near the rail. Parking Near the Stanford Parking is easy, if you use the surface lots near University Ave., or the garages under City Hall, NOLA/Old Pro, or the parking structures on Bryant near Lytton, or on High, just south of University. If you don't connect with us before the movie, look for us in the BALCONY!! This Meetup costs nearly $200 a year, just in the Meetup Organizer fees alone. We operate on a voluntary contribution basis (just like PBS), and we encourage you to make an annual contribution of $15, or whatever you can afford, to help defray the costs. Click on this link, to make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you.

Ghare Baire (The Home and The World) & Nayak (The Hero): Ever changing roles

If you want to go for dinner after the second movie, note "Dinner" in the comments, so we can gauge interest. Check the Comments closer to show date for time and venue. Meet on the balcony landing around 2:45 PM. The Stanford Theatre does not accept credit cards, so come prepared with $7 cash for your ticket. (Seniors: $5.) NOTE: The Stanford is offering a $20 Satyajit Ray Festival Pass for the run of the calendar that will give you unlimited access to any of the movies on any day. It's a good deal, if you plan on spreading out your viewing. Please consider making a contribution to keep this Meetup running. Meetup's annual organizer fees are nearly $200, so please, click on this link, and make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you. And now, on with the show! Ghare Bhaire (The Home and the World) (1984) Starts: 2:55 PM Ends: 5:15 PM Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee, Swatilekha Sengupta | Director: Satyajit Ray Plot: Both a romantic-triangle tale and a philosophical take on violence in times of revolution, The Home and the World, set in early twentieth-century Bengal, concerns an aristocratic but progressive man who, in insisting on broadening his more traditional wife’s political horizons, drives her into the arms of his radical school chum. (In Bengali with English subtitles.) For more of Ray's depiction of women's lives in India, stick around for... Nayak (The Hero) (1966) Starts: 5:25 PM Ends: 7:20 PM Starring: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen Director: Satyajit Ray Plot: En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences. (In Bengali with English subtitles.) Parking Near the Stanford Parking is easy, if you use the surface lots near University Ave., or the garages under City Hall, NOLA/Old Pro, or the parking structures on Bryant near Lytton, or on High, just south of University. If you don't connect with us before the movie, look for us in the BALCONY!! This Meetup costs nearly $200 a year, just in the Meetup Organizer fees alone. We operate on a voluntary contribution basis (just like PBS), and we encourage you to make an annual contribution of $15, or whatever you can afford, to help defray the costs. Click on this link, to make a contribution (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Classic-Films/contribute/). Thank you.

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