Reel 13 – February Lineup

Air date: 02/07/2015

Classic Love Stories Featured on Reel 13 in February


February’s slate of classic films on Reel 13 features three critically acclaimed love stories – all great box office winners in their day – and distinctly emblematic of their respective decades.

Casablanca, one of the most seminal films of our time, and making its Reel 13 debut, leads the charge. Based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison’s unproduced stage play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s,” the classic World War II-era film focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

The Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid starrer was recognized with three Academy Awards including “Best Picture,” “Best Director,” and “Best Screenplay.” The lead characters, memorable lines and theme song (“As Time Goes By”) have become iconic and the film continuously tops the lists of the greatest films of all time.

The romantic comedy Broadcast News, written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks, centers around a television news producer with daily emotional breakdowns, a prickly reporter, and the producer’s charismatic but far less seasoned rival. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including “Best Picture,” “Best Actor,” “Best Actress” and “Best Supporting Actor.”.

The romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral rounds out the month’s love story offerings. The first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant tells the story of a committed bachelor who may have to consider the notion that he has found love after he meets the same women repeatedly at four weddings and a funeral. The film was recognized with four BAFTA Awards (out of its eight nominations) and received two Academy Award and three Golden Globe nominations.

Flawless, Ira and Abby and The Jewish Cardinal are among the month’s independent offerings.

The series is pre-empted on Saturday, February 28 due to special pledge programming.

Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Hollywood Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Columbia University professor Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short film selected by viewers who vote for their favorite of three shorts at



“Casablanca” (1942) Dir:  Michael Curtiz

Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.


“Flawless” (2007) Dir: Michael Radford

A caretaker (Michael Caine) and an executive (Demi Moore) collaborate in a diamond theft. Repeats early Sun 8th, 2:40am and early Wed 11th, 1am.



“Broadcast News” (1987) Dir: James L. Brooks

A reporter (Albert Brooks), a producer (Holly Hunter) and an anchorman (William Hurt) form a triangle in a TV-network news bureau.


“Ira and Abby” (2006) Dir: Robert Cary

A hastily married couple (Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Messina) quickly devolve into a life of affairs, meddling parents, and therapy.



“Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994) Dir: Mike Newell

A reserved Englishman, falling for an attractive American at a wedding, is foiled by his inability to express his feelings. With Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Andie MacDowell.


“The Jewish Cardinal” (2012) Dir: Ilan Duran Cohen

The remarkable true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish Archbishop of Paris. Repeats early Sun 22nd, 3am and early Wed 25th, 1am.



The series is pre-empted for special pledge programming.



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