Jokers Wild: American Comedy, 1960–1989

3/1/14 to 4/18/14

It's no joke! Joker's Wild showcases the high points of American comedy from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and includes laugh-riots from Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Tim Burton, Harold Ramis, Melvin Van Peebles, and more...

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  • Beetlejuice

    • Friday, April 18 8:30pm

    Tim Burton (U.S., 1988). Tim Burton's out-there remix of the ghost story involving two ghosts (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) out to scare the inhabitants of their old house, with help from ghastly ghoul Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). This brilliantly inventive work launched Burton's career. (92 mins)

  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles

    • Thursday, April 17 7pm

    John Hughes (U.S., 1987). Steve Martin and John Candy are two accidental companions in this road movie gone awry, from director John Hughes (The Breakfast Club). “Hughes at the peak of his powers, and two masterful comedians at theirs” (New Times). (93 mins)

  • Caddyshack

    • Thursday, April 10 7pm

    Harold Ramis (U.S., 1980). Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield star in this classic satire of the haves and have-nots, played out on the yuppie-and-rodent-infested grounds of a crusty country club. The gleefully rude and crude archetype of countless eighties comedies. (98 mins)

  • Being There

    • Thursday, April 3 7pm

    Hal Ashby (U.S., 1979). Catch Peter Sellers in one of his greatest roles, as a simple-minded gardener whose television-soaked catchphrases are mistaken for wisdom by tycoons and politicians. “Sellers gives one of his finest portrayals” (Dave Kehr). (103 mins)

  • “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex”* but Were Afraid to Ask

    • Friday, March 28 7pm

    Woody Allen (U.S., 1972). Seven segments of sensual satire cover such age-old sexual mysteries as "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" told in Elizabethan English, and “What Are Sex Perverts?” staged as a 1950s game show. Woody at his wackiest. (88 mins)

  • Young Frankenstein

    • Friday, March 28 8:50pm

    Mel Brooks (U.S., 1974). Mel Brooks was never zanier as he does Transylvania with a twist, aided by some of the greatest comics ever assembled onscreen: co-scribbler Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, and Marty Feldman. (107 mins)

  • Watermelon Man

    • Wednesday, March 12 7 pm

    Melvin Van Peebles (U.S., 1970). Few blaxploitation films are as direct-or as hilarious-as this satire of a white businessman who wakes up black. The great comic Godfrey Cambridge stars. (97 mins)

  • The Producers

    • Friday, March 7 7pm

    Mel Brooks (U.S., 1967). In Brooks's first film, a has-been Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) hopes to bilk his investors by producing a surefire failure: Springtime for Hitler, the musical. With Gene Wilder and Dick Shawn. Academy Award for Best Screenplay. (88 mins)

  • Take the Money and Run

    • Friday, March 7 8:50 pm

    Woody Allen (U.S., 1969). Rare Studio Print! A blundering boychik from the borscht belt turns to robbery in Woody Allen's perfect parody of a fifties noir, shot in the Bay Area. A film this funny should be illegal. (85 mins)

  • What's New Pussycat?

    • Wednesday, March 5 7pm

    Clive Donner (U.S., 1965). Return to the swingin' sixties! Woody Allen's first feature script tracks a neurotic playboy (Peter O'Toole) as he tries to conquer Paris's countless sex kittens (including Ursula Andress and Paula Prentiss) and his equally demented therapist (Peter Sellers). (108 mins)

  • The Apartment

    • Saturday, March 1 8:30pm

    Billy Wilder (U.S., 1960). Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine in a riotously acidic tale of sex and corporate success. Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Art Direction. “An American classic”(NY Times).