We hope you’ve been enjoying the Summer Classic Films Series so far. It has been wonderful to see so many of you coming out for everything from SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN to THE SEARCHERS to DOUBLE INDEMNITY. If you’ve missed some of your favorites, be sure to grab a calendar from our lobby and stay tuned to our newsletters and social media so you don’t make the same mistake again!
Some highlights from the upcoming weeks:
Frank Capra: Cinema’s Great Optimist
Those of you who made it out for our wonderful evening with Leonard Maltin already got a taste of Frank Capra with LADY FOR A DAY. Well, we’ve got four more classic films from the great director coming up June 19-23, including MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, and IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. All four films brim with hope for the future and an overwhelming belief that a person’s natural tendency is toward kindness and generosity. Or, in the case of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, toward raucous flirting:
Newman + Redford
We all know how perfectly matched Paul Newman and Robert Redford were in films like THE STING and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. But this summer we’re taking a look at some of the films they did without each other, featuring Newman’s HUD and SLAP SHOT and Redford’s DOWNHILL RACER and ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN. For all you aspiring investigative journalists, we’ll have a stiff drink waiting for you at the bar:
Charlie Chaplin: One Talented Tramp
Here’s one man who needs no introduction for fans of the Summer Classic Films Series. It wouldn’t be summer without a few days of Chaplin. This year, we’ve got two of his unmissable silent classics, CITY LIGHTS and THE GOLD RUSH, plus a darkly comic talkie MONSIEUR VERDOUX and the 1992 biopic CHAPLIN starring Robert Downey Jr. as the man behind The Tramp.
Film Noir 201
We had a great time with FILM NOIR 101 a week ago, bringing some of the foundational films in the genre like THE MALTESE FALCON and OUT OF THE PAST to the Paramount. Now, we’re moving forward in our noir study to highlight two Philip Marlowes, Humphrey Bogart in THE BIG SLEEP and Elliot Gould in Robert Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE, as well as two stylish and seductive noir films from the 1980s, the Coen Brothers’ BLOOD SIMPLE and BODY HEAT. If you think the Austin sun is sweltering, just wait til you get a load of Kathleen Turner and William Hurt: