Forget the summer's eyepopping color spectacles -- come autumn, the real cinematic action arrives in glittering black-and-white. Sept. 10, The Charles' sensational 35mm revival series brings adult passion back to the big screen with David Lean's "Brief Encounter" (1945, pictured). The ultimate tale of middle-class near-adultery stars Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard as heartbreaking almost-lovers -- and Lean's vivid, delicate monochrome intensifies their anguish. Two weeks later comes Louis Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows" (1958), starring Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as lovers who attempt a perfect murder. (The victim is her husband.) Malle put his black-and-white camera in a baby buggy, then photographed Moreau with a sensitivity that helped launch her as the most devastating -- and, frequently, devastated-- beauty of the French New Wave. Maestros like Malle and Lean -- and performers like Johnson and Moreau -- prove that capturing emotion is still the best special effect.-- Michael Sragow The Charles revival series runs Saturdays at noon, Mondays at 7 p.m., and Thursdays at 9 p.m at the five-plex on 1711 N. Charles Street; tickets are $7.50 for matinees, $9.50 for evenings (senior citizens, $8.50).
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