ELIZABETH TAYLOR HEADS A WEEKEND OF CLASSICS (JUNE 22 - 24)

ELIZABETH TAYLOR HEADS A WEEKEND OF CLASSICS (JUNE 22 - 24)

ALL WEEKEND

‘ESSENTIAL LIZ’
An Elizabeth Taylor Retrospective
Quad Cinema, New York City

An actor first and then foremost a star, Elizabeth Taylor reached highs throughout—and well beyond—the Golden Age of Hollywood. Possessed of striking beauty including but hardly limited to, as cartoonist Garry Trudeau aptly wrote, “violet eyes to die for,” Taylor made her debut in 1942 at age 10. Her talent was evident and her impact upon audiences and industry was instantaneous, inviting choruses of “Who’s that girl?” Soon she was renegotiating her contract with MGM and America’s exhibitors had named her a Star of Tomorrow; by 1961, she was the theater owners’ choice as Top Box Office Star. Taylor’s dramatic screen performances (which earned her two Best Actress Academy Awards) riveted the world, which hungrily consumed gossip on her personal life of multiple marriages, infidelities, divorces, remarriage, births, losses, AIDS activism, and much more. Through it all, she forged a filmography that spanned the sublime to the ridiculous. This retrospective includes a number of rarely screened works and offers proof aplenty that great performances and movie stardom need not be mutually exclusive. (Program notes by Quad Cinema)

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Friday June 22nd 4:50pm
A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951 / 35mm Print)

Friday June 22nd 7:10pm
GIANT (1956 / 35mm Print)

Sat June 23rd 2:45pm
THE V.I.P’S (1963 / 35mm Print)

Sat June 23rd 8pm
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (1966 / 35mm Print)

Sun June 24th 1pm
CLEOPATRA (1963 / DCP)

Sun June 24th 4:30pm
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1967 / DCP)
 



CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3D (1954 / DCP)
Fri June 22nd thru Sun June 24th 11am
Loft Cinema, Tuscon AZ

An expedition up the Amazon turns into a slimy monster mash in this classic ‘50s chiller, presented in the original 3D format – the terror will be splashing right off the screen and into your lap, so watch out! A team of intrepid scientists (played by 1950’s genre vets Richard Carlson, Julie Adams and Richard Denning) set off on an excursion up the Amazon to find traces of the Missing Link and his prehistoric past. But the unprepared explorers end up getting more than they bargained for when they run afoul of the fabled “Gill Man” — a half man/half fish with a bad temper and an unhealthy fascination with the beautiful Ms. Adams. Featuring luminous underwater 3D photography and great, jump-out-of-your-seat scares, Creature is still a ton of fright-filled fun. (Program notes by Loft Cinema)

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THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939 / 35mm Print)
Sat June 23rd & Sat June 24th 2pm (7pm show Sat)
Roxy Cinema, New York City

Arguably the most iconic fantasy film of all time, the Victor Fleming (with the uncredited help of directors King Vidor and George Cukor) directed The Wizard of Oz still has the power to enthrall nearly 80 years since its 1939 release. Based on L. Frank Baum’s beloved book series, the MGM Technicolor production is a wonder of design and imagination; from the innovative costuming of the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Munchkins, Wicked Witch of the West (and what child can forget the nightmare-inducing winged monkeys?), to the lush painted backdrops and
wonderfully realized sets, Oz truly set the bar for fully-realized cinematic fantasy worlds. But it would all be for naught without the dazzling performances of Judy Garland (forever the iconic Dorothy), Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Margaret Hamilton, or the songs of Harold Arlen and Yip Harberg, many of which – “Over the Rainbow”, “We’re Off to See the Wizard”, “Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead” – are now firmly entrenched in our shared cultural playlist. An unassailable classic that demands to be seen on the big screen. Restored, dye-transfer Technicolor print! (Program notes by Roxy Cinema)

SCREENING FRIDAY
 

Triple Feature!
FROM BEYOND (1986 / 35mm Print) +  IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1995 / 35mm Print) + THE MIST (2007 / DCP)
Fri June 22nd 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood CA

A New England Nightmares Triple Feature! In Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND, an ambitious scientist tries to evolve man’s sixth sense organ, opening up the gate to another dimension. John Carpenter's IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS stars Sam Neill as an investigator tracking reclusive horror writer Jurgen Prochnow. Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's THE MIST pits a group of Maine supermarket shoppers against deadly, mist-shrouded creatures. Discussion following FROM BEYOND with producer Brian Yuzna. Introduction to IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS by producer Sandy King Carpenter and actress Julie Carmen. (Program notes by American Cinematheque)

 


WALKER (1987 / 35mm Print)
Fri June 22nd 6:45pm
Metrograph, New York City

Alex Cox’s true-story anachronistic period picture injects the spirit of the spaghetti Western into a story particularly pertinent to Reagan-era U.S. tampering in the affairs of Central America. Shot on location in Nicaragua, as the Sandanistas clashed with the American-backed Contras, Ed Harris plays William Walker, a Manifest Destiny zealot who follows a failed putsch in Mexico with a successful 1855 overthrow of the Nicaraguan government, backed by big robber baron bucks. (Program notes by Metrograph)

CREEPSHOW (1982 / 35mm Print)
Fri June 22nd 7:25pm
Phenomena, Barcelona Spain

Five horror stories created by Stephen King, from a teacher who finds a Tasmanian demon to a man who will take revenge for his wife's infidelity. All of them are part of the comic that a father has thrown his son in the trash. Stephen King wrote the original script and even starred in one of the stories that make up this film inspired by a series of horror magazines in the fifties. Five stories to die of fear under the direction of George A. Romero. (Program notes by Phenomena)

 

MOULIN ROUGE SING-ALONG (2001 / DCP)
Fri June 22nd 9pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

From the Producers of the smash hit Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music, it's SING-A-LONG-A MOULIN ROUGE. Join Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and dozens of leggy can-can dancers, bohemian artists and acrobats for a fabulous Burlesque party. Baz Luhrman’s exotic and colourful masterpiece contains 20 – yes 20! – wonderful songs for you to sing along with, including “Sparkling Diamonds (Diamonds are a girls best friend)”, “Your Song”, “Because We Can”, “Like a Virgin”, “The Show must Go On” and not forgetting “The Sound of Music” as sung by Green Fairy Kylie Minogue! SING-A-LONG-A MOULIN ROUGE will include all the elements that have made SING-A-LONG-A SOUND OF MUSIC, GREASE, and ROCKY HORROR such classics – the live host, free “magic moments” bag, fancy dress competition and non-stop audience interaction. Hiss the Baddies, Cheer for the Heroes, lust after Nicole or Ewan and Ooh La La the Eiffel Tower. (Program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)

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ROMY & MICHELLE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (1997 / 35mm Print)
Friday June 26th 8pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR

Directed by David Mirkin and written by Robin Schiff from her play “The Ladies Room,” 1997’s ROMY AND MICHELE follows the titular best friends (Mira Sorvino & Lisa Kudrow) on a journey from LA to Tucson for their 10-year reunion – now with new identities as Post-It-inventing business women to impress their former tormentors before everything falls spectacularly apart. Featuring Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, Camryn Manheim, and Justin Theroux, ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION is one of the most hilarious and femme-affirming depictions of the power of female friendships in spite of everything the world – and high school – can throw at them.

SCREENING SATURDAY
 

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THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955 / DCP)
Sat June 23rd 11:30am
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY

In the midst of a summer heat wave, New Yorker Richard Sherman ships his wife and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor (Marilyn Monroe) — but will his fantasies about her become a reality? (Program notes by Nitehawk Cinema)

Double Feature!
LOGAN’S RUN (1976 / DCP) plus MAD MAX (1979 / DCP)
Sat June 23rd 2pm
Paramount Theatre, Austin TX

Starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Farrah Fawcett, and Peter Ustinov this is the original sci-fi box office smash (released a year before Star Wars took the genre to another level), this dystopian thriller depicts a society in which people are terminated at age 30 to control the population. When one of the agents in charge of enforcing this policy begins to question it, he finds himself searching for a better place. Screens as a Double Feature with the original Australian post apocalyptic hit MAD MAX.

THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933 / 35mm Print)
Sat June 23rd 11am
Metrograph, New York City

Claude Rains doesn’t even need to appear on-screen much of the time to craft an unforgettably zesty vision of snide, bounding villainy, starring—frequently under sunglasses and a mask of bandages—as a scientist who discovers the formula for a serum that makes him invisible, and quickly becomes drunk on the power of scot-free anonymity. John P. Fulton provides the ingenious low-fi special effects for this pip of a tale by Frankenstein auteur Whale, returning to hubristic tampering-in-God's-domain territory he knew well. (Program notes by Metrograph)
 

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THE KID (1921 / DCP)
Sat Jun 23rd 2pm
Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR

After leaving the charity hospital where she's just given birth, a woman deposits her new baby in the back of a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. The baby is discovered by the Tramp (Charlie Chaplin), who makes a home for the child until events put their relationship in jeopardy. THE KID is a silent American comedy-drama which was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Innovative in its combination of comedic and dramatic elements, THE KID is widely considered one of the greatest films of the silent era. Also on the bill, Chaplin's THE RINK (1916).

THE KID and THE RINK will be shown with an original musical score composed and performed by Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Organ. (Program notes by Hollywood Theatre)

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Double Feature!
BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989 / DCP) + BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY (1991 / DCP)
Sat June 23rd 8:30pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE: Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are high school buddies starting a band. However, they are about to fail their history class, which means Ted would be sent to military school. They receive help from Rufus (George Carlin), a traveler from a future where their band is the foundation for a perfect society. With the use of Rufus' time machine, Bill and Ted travel to various points in history, returning with important figures to help them complete their final history presentation.

BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY: Amiable slackers Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos (Joss Ackland), a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper (William Sadler) to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living. (Program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)


HAROLD & MAUDE (1971 / 35mm Print)
Sat June 23rd 7:30pm
Dryden Theatre Eastman Museum, Rochester NY

By staging elaborate fake suicides, Harold, a bored and depressive young boy, desperately tries to gain the attention of his wealthy and absent mother. To kill time, he goes to funerals, where he ends up meeting another regular attendee, Maude, an intriguing woman who could easily be his grandmother. Maude has a cheerful touch of madness, regardless of her past, which has not always been joyful. At her side, Harold learns to smile and begins to find life more enjoyable. Harold and Maude are certainly one of the most iconic movie couples. Still, when it was released, the bittersweet tone of the film was not really to the taste of the critics. Despite the mixed reviews, the movie has gained popularity over the years to the point of becoming a classic. (Program notes by Dryden Theatre)

SCREENING SUNDAY

NOW & THEN (1995 / 35mm)
Sun June 24th 11:45am
Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY

Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends — Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta — recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. (Program notes by Nitehawk Cinema)

LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973 / DCP)
Sun June 24th 9:15pm
Quad Cinema, New York City

Badass icon Meiko Kaji stars in this ultra-bloody and stylish opus as a woman raised to avenge the murder of her father and rape of her mother. Based on a manga by Lone Wolf and Cub author Koike Kazuo and the template for Kill Bill,  this is an essential, transcendently violent tale of female empowerment. (Program notes by Quad Cinema)

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MAN ON THE MOON (1999 / DCP)
Plus Discussion following Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (screenwriters) and Danny DeVito.
Sun June 24th 7:30pm
Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA

Milos Forman's biopic about Andy Kaufman stars Jim Carrey as the unpredictable performer, who frequently blurred the line between reality and comedy. Discussion between films with screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and actor Danny DeVito.

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SHOWGIRLS (1995 / 35mm Print)
Sun June 24th 6pm
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria NY

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon. “Leave your inhibitions at the door” panted the ads for Verhoeven’s NC-17 rated cause célèbre. Primed to pan pretty much anything the director did in the wake of Basic Instinct, most critics opted to leave their senses of humor behind. A deluxe nudity-filled update of the classic Hollywood musical, Showgirls features a sturdy veteran-versus-ingenue plotline (Verhoeven dubbed it “All About Evil”). Showgirls is not only better than its reputation (but then it would have to be) and more durable than its critics (some of whom have recanted): it stands, nearly twenty years on, as the last (dirty) word in the cinema du sleaze. (Program notes by MOMI)

LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (1988 / DCP)
Sun June 24th 7pm
RoxyCinema, San Francisco CA

Taken from Bram Stoker’s last novel, Ken Russell adds his inimitable flair to this campy horror comedy. While staying at the ancestral home of sisters Mary (Sammi Davis) and Eve Trent (Catherine Oxenberg), a Scottish archaeology student uncovers a skull of unknown origin. Angus Flint (future Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi) reveals his findings to the neighboring nobleman Lord James (Hugh Grant). The two connect the ancient legends of a dragon to a strange cult that worships a giant, ravenous subterranean white worm. By combining Stoker’s original gothic yarn with humor, a stellar cast, and his trademark visual excess, Ken Russell made a horror romp for the ages (or at the very least, for the Eighties). (Program notes by The Roxie)
 

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THE WARRIORS (1979 / 35mm Print)
Sun June 24th 8:45pm
Prince Charles Cinema, London UK

A turf battle between New York City street gangs that rages from Coney Island to the Bronx. The Warriors are mistakenly fingered for the killing of a gang leader. Soon they have every gang in the city out to get revenge and they must make their way across the city to their own turf. (Program notes by Prince Charles Cinema)


PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975 / DCP)
Sun June 24th 1pm
Hayden Orphium, Sydney Australia

The original creepy Australian classic directed by Peter Weir. During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls’ school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

IFC Center New York City
Fri June 22nd & Sat June 23rd
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998 / DCP)
EL TOPO (1970 / DCP)
GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002 / DCP)
*11:45pm start
SUSPIRIA (1977 / New 4K Restoration)
SPACEBALLS (1987 / DCP)
*11:35pm start

Somerville Theatre, Somerville MA
Fri June 22nd
STREETS OF FIRE (1984 / 35mm Print)
Sat June 23rd
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: THE MOVIE (1987 / 35mm Print)

Coolidge Corner, Brookline MA
Fri June 22nd
THE MATRIX (1999 / 35mm Print)
Sat June 23rd
SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980 / 35mm Print)

Plaza Theatre, Atlanta GA
Fri June 22nd
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975 / DCP)

Syndicated, Brooklyn NY
http://syndicatedbk.com/
Fri June 22nd
THE FAST & THE FURIOUS (2001 / Digital)

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ON THE SCREEN THIS WEEK (JUNE 18 - 21)

ON THE SCREEN THIS WEEK (JUNE 18 - 21)