Over the next few days leading up to the kickoff of the Summer Series on Friday, I’ll be doing a series of posts breaking down the whole 80 film series and trying to identify some themes and interesting sub-series that run throughout the summer. I hope to see you at the movies!
For today, let’s start with five canonical classics:
1. CASABLANCA: The grand tradition here at the theatre, and one I’m not about to change. Maybe the best film every produced by the Hollywood machine (as opposed to a singular film artist). Plus this year come hear Peter Bogdanovich, filmmaker and historian, discuss his personal connections to classic Hollywood!
2. THE GRAPES OF WRATH: A powerful and deeply human portrait of depression era America, made while the crisis was still going on. Henry Fonda delivers one of his finest performances. Also, this is a brand new restored print!
3. THE AFRICAN QUEEN: Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Can you get much better than that? Plus this is another new print!
4. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: Perhaps the ultimate 70mm film experience, and the very definition of the epic.
5. GIANT: A fitting tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor, this Texas epic mixes stunning location photography from its shoot in Marfa and some of the best performances of the cast’s careers. James Dean is still a revelation, even 50+ years later.