Stephen Frears

Programmers Mal Ahern and Moira Weigel present their new series Labor of Love: 100 Years of Movie Dates—featuring a wide range of films, from Stephen Frears’s My Beautiful Laundrette to Amy Heckerling’s Clueless—now playing at BAM. “The first nickelodeons opened across America at a time when hordes of young people were moving to the cities from the countryside and overseas,” they write. “Young women in particular were leaving home to work. In the past their parents had controlled how they courted. In booming cities, they met and flirted freely. Movie theaters quickly became a prime place to do this, and movies themselves showed how.”

Read on in this week’s Did You See This?