A midsummer night’s Woody

A scene from Match Point (2005), showing as part of Vancity Theatre's Woody Allen 4 Seasons: Summer series.

A scene from Match Point (2005), showing as part of Vancity Theatre’s Woody Allen 4 Seasons: Summer series.

As part of its Woody Allen 4 Seasons retrospective, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) is showing some of the director’s best and most popular films that also happen to be set in the summer. They range from the broad hilarity of A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy to the dark murder drama Match Point. Two of the films – including the science-fiction comedy Sleeper – have already been screened, but you still have four chances to soak up some Woody on a Sunday summer evening.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) – Critics and audiences loved this movie, which put Scarlett Johansson on screen with Javier Bardem, then added Penelope Cruz as a crazy ex. July 20, 6:30 p.m.

A scene from Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's 2008 sort-of comedy.

A scene from Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen’s 2008 sort-of comedy.

Manhattan (1979) – A Woody classic, though some viewers may find the black-and-white (literally) movie’s strident moralizing somewhat dated. This is the one where Woody Allen’s character Isaac dates a woman 25 years younger, Mariel Hemingway’s Tracy. Also notable for jokes about adultery, mortality and Van Gogh. Diane Keaton, Allen’s co-star from Annie Hall, is in this one too. July 27, 7:45 p.m.

Stardust Memories (1980) – Lambasted when it was first released, Stardust Memories has been reassessed as one of Allen’s finer, if more cynical, efforts. In it, the director plays a director who is attending a retrospective of his films. Also starring Jessica Harper’s forehead and Charlotte Rampling’s cheekbones. Aug. 3, 8:10 p.m.

Stardust Memories, from 1980, was scene by many as Allen's cynical response to people who wanted him to return to making funny movies.

Stardust Memories, from 1980, was scene by many as Allen’s cynical response to people who wanted him to return to making funny movies.

Match Point (2005) – Murder, anyone? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the tennis pro in hot pursuit of Scarlett Johansson, who comes between him and his desire to climb the social ladder. Match Point is definitely one of Woody Allen’s most successful dramas – a crime drama that also reflects the director’s philosophy of life. Aug. 10, 8 p.m.

Film scholar Michael van den Bos will introduce the movies. For more info and tickets, visit the Vancity website at viff.org.

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