Silver Screenings

Where to see classic American and foreign films, cheap

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ith a series like the Harvard Film Archive, there’s no reason to waste 12 bucks or more on a disappointment at the megaplex. Friday through Monday evenings feature showings of foreign films and American favorites old and new at lower-than-cinema prices (with even greater discounts for college kids, and no charge at all for Harvard students, or volunteer to be an usher and get in for free). Screenings take place in a 200-seat theater in Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, conveniently close to Harvard Square. And unlike the megaplex, the archive often features lectures by the films’ directors each Friday through Monday. Naturally, the archive has one of the largest university-based motion picture collections in the world, with 14,000 titles. Rineman

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Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, where the Harvard Film Archive presents its screenings, is Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s only work in the United States. It was completed in 1961.

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