Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer Series Announced!

Here's the lineup for the next series, to run every Wednesday night from August 4th through September 29th.

Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00 PM & 9:10 PM:

The African Queen (1951, Huston)
Drunk Humphrey Bogart takes snooty Katharine Hepburn on a riverboat ride through war-torn German East Africa in director John Huston’s seldom-shown comic/romantic adventure. The pioneering on-location shoot was mainly an excuse for Huston to go on safari and hunt an elephant. Nonetheless it remains one of his most popular and successful films. Also, it inspired the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland. Bogart won his only Oscar for his performance, while Hepburn received her fifth of twelve nominations. Projected in high definition.

Wednesday, August 11 at 7:00 PM & 9:10 PM:

King Kong (1933, Cooper & Schoedsack)
Join us as we embark on a death-defying expedition through turbulent, uncharted seas to the mysterious Skull Island, an uninviting land of terror and intrigue. Here a ferocious beast lords over the frightened natives. His name is Kong and with his mighty size and ferocious roar he is a most fearsome beast! He’s also terribly lonely and woefully misunderstood. That’s why when the sexy Fay Wray arrives, he goes bananas! Ripped off and remade many a time over the last 70 years, the original remains definitive. Digitally projected.

Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 PM & 9:10 PM:

The Princess Bride (1987, Reiner)
“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.” Rob Reiner’s fractured fairy-tale (his follow-up to the surprisingly as-yet-un-Metro-Classicized This Is Spinal Tap) is truly a film for all ages. As Peter Falk says, this film has, “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... “ and yes, kissing. We would like to take a moment to thank William Goldman for writing such an amazing screenplay that we basically just copied it for this synopsis. Projected in high-definition.

Wednesday, August 25 at 6:50 PM & 9:10 PM:

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Minnelli)
Judy Garland first teamed up with director Vincente Minnelli in this iconic musical about a year in the life of a family in turn-of-the-century Middle America. Featuring two of Garland’s biggest hit songs (“The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) and a stunning performance from seven-year-old Margaret O’Brien as the youngest sister. The film has the distinction of being the only good movie ever to be set in the city of St. Louis. Digitally projected.

Wednesday, September 01 at 7:00 PM & 9:10 PM:

All that Heaven Allows (1955, Sirk)
Upper middle class widow Jane Wyman becomes the scandal of the suburbs when she falls for Rock Hudson’s Thoreau-quoting gardener in one of Douglas Sirk’s most magnificently melodramatic melodramas. Neither her best friend Agnes Moorehead (Citizen Kane, “Bewitched”) nor her snobbish children understand why she can’t just watch her shiny new television like a nice girl. It’s kind of like King Kong, but with really bright colors. Digitally projected.

Wednesday, September 08 at 7:00 PM & 9:10 PM:

Dazed and Confused (1993, Linklater)
Move over Rebel without a Cause, shut the hell up American Graffiti, writer/director Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused is the definitive account of the listlessness of suburban youth. Set in the 1970s on the last day of high school, the film follows a menagerie of misfits as they prepare to embark on an uncertain journey into the real world. With an all-star cast, a groovy soundtrack, and Matthew McConaughey’s mustache, Dazed and Confused will simply leave you amazed and amused. Digitally projected.

Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 PM & 9:10 PM:

Battleship Potemkin (1925, Eisenstein)
Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the mutiny in Odessa harbor (a precursor to the Russian Revolution), Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda film is one of the most enduringly popular, influential and viscerally exciting silent movies ever made. It is the textbook example of the Soviet montage style of editing, which uses rapid juxtapositions of shots to express meaning, as opposed to the long-take style that had dominated the first 30 years of cinema. Plus: runaway baby carriage! Projected in high definition.

Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 PM & 9:10 PM:

The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Lubitsch)
James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan star as bickering salespeople in a Budapest knick-knack shop in this workplace romance, the greatest romantic comedy ever produced by the Hollywood studio system. Turns out, these two people who hate each other are, in fact, pen pals who are totally in love with one another. Kind of like King Kong, but with awesome Hungarian music boxes. Also starring Frank “The Wizard” Morgan and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Digitally projected.

Wednesday, September 29 at 6:45 PM & 9:15 PM:

The Apartment (1960, Wilder)
In Billy Wilder’s tale of lonely people and their missed connections, office drone Jack Lemmon pines for elevator operator Shirley MacLaine, both of whom are in turn being exploited by that handsome jerk Fred MacMurray. Alcoholism, suicide and tennis-racket-spaghetti all find their place in this inimitable masterpiece. Has there ever been a comedy that managed to be as depressing as The Apartment? Probably not. That’s why it won Best Picture in 1960. Digitally projected.

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