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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Landmark’s Back in the Repertory Game

posted by on June 5 at 11:57 AM

I just received this press release from Landmark Theatres:

“METRO CLASSICS” Landmark’s Metro Cinemas is proud to announce the launch of Metro Classics, a new repertory film series that will run every Wednesday night from June 27th through August 22nd.  This initial experiment presents a decade-by-decade survey of film history from the 1920s through the 2000s. Each film is a representative example of the types of cinema being made at that particular moment in history. From the heights of Silent Cinema in the late 20s, through the Classical Hollywood Studio period, the radical re-imaginings of cinema in the 60s, 70s and 80s in both Europe and America, to the self-conscious postmodern style of the 90s and the explosion of Asian cinema at the dawn of the 21st Century. Nine classic films exemplifying the wide-range and depth of film history. 

Feeling the heat from SIFF Cinema’s summer programming, perhaps? Here’s the lineup—nothing too adventurous, but intriguing all the same. (Well, except Crouching Tiger.)

Wed June 27 at 7 and 9 pm: Sunrise

Wed July 4 at 6, 8, 10 pm: Duck Soup

Wed July 11 at 7 and 9:15 pm: Casablanca

Wed July 18 at 7 and 9:30 pm: The Searchers

Wed July 25 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Blow-Up

Wed Aug 1 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Taxi Driver

Wed Aug 8 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Do the Right Thing

Wed Aug 15 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Miller’s Crossing

Wed Aug 22 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Duck Soup on the big screen on the 4th of July? God bless America.

Also, The Searchers has the most astounding scene of an Indian squaw being kicked down a mountain for comic effect, and seeing how this scene lands on a general audience has long been a dream of mine...thank you, Metro.

If only I didn't dislike your shrimpy cinemas so much...

Posted by David Schmader | June 5, 2007 12:08 PM

I like all the films on the list, but the choices are so "safe" and easily available on DVD. Unless the ticket prices are half of what a first-run film goes for, I can't imagine any of these films filling up the avergae screening room in the Metro.

Am I the only one who misses the good old days of The Neptune when they the longest any one film played was three days?

Posted by elswinger | June 5, 2007 12:24 PM

I was kind of thinking the same as elswinger. It's not that the movies chosen are bad movies, in fact they are quite good. But I'm not sure Taxi Driver or Crouching Tiger really represent the decade in which they were made.

Posted by monkey | June 5, 2007 12:37 PM

Metro Classics movies in the MetroNatural city! Any discounts for Metrosexuals?

Posted by JC | June 5, 2007 12:41 PM

?@2 Nope

Posted by folklife | June 5, 2007 12:51 PM

Thanks for not suggesting that Landmark was in anyway threatened by our extensive rep programming at NWFF.

Posted by shortshorts | June 5, 2007 12:57 PM

I realize that this "festival" is designed specifically for the average movie goer who doesn't want to go see a movie that they haven't heard of. But it took me 10 minutes to pull a more interesting list out of my ass:

20s: Pandora's Box

30s: The Libeled Lady

40s: The Ox-Bow Incident

50s: Bad Day at Black Rock

60s: Hell In The Pacific

70s: The Long Goodbye

80s: Drugstore Cowboy

90s: Bottle Rocket

00s: Ghost World

Posted by elswinger | June 5, 2007 1:08 PM

Eh, they may be safe choices, but I'll still see Miller's Crossing on the big screen even though I own it. I see it as no different than seeing a midnight showing at the Egyptian.

Posted by Ghost of Charles Nelson Reilly | June 5, 2007 2:01 PM

Always do the right thing. I'll be there Aug. 8.

Posted by hunh? | June 5, 2007 2:26 PM

Miller's Crossing on the big screen? I'm so there. Gabriel Byrne reached his apex with that role.

Monkey, Taxi Driver isn't representative of the '70s? That's gotta be one of the definitive movies of the '70s, along with Chinatown, The Conversation, or The Godfather. Crouching Tiger? Mmm, not so much.

I do second a screening of The Long Goodbye; it seems to have had a resurgence of interest in the last few months, at least by my perusal of other internet film forums. I personally love it.

Posted by laterite | June 5, 2007 3:16 PM

I refuse to acknowledge any "film history" line up that fails to include The Third Man.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 5, 2007 3:31 PM

One movie per decade is a little ridiculous.

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