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Series compiled by Andrew Crane, Dennis Bartok, Gwen Deglise and Chris D., with the special assistance of Martin Lewis, Greg Stanton and Frank Brash.
Special Thanks to: Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; Schawn Belston/20th CENTURY FOX; Germaine Simiens/NEW HORIZONS; Fritz Herzog/ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES – Film Archive; Grover Crisp and Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES; Amy Lewin/PARAMOUNT PICTURES REPERTORY; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL DISTRIBUTION; Mark Haggard; John Kirk and Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA; Stuart Lisell; Marvin Paige.

Special Offer! The following programs indicated as "Children's Matinees" will be subject to a special discount. For every general admission adult ticket purchased, one child 12 or under will be admitted for free. Child must be present. Valid for tickets purchased at the box office only. Programs that are part of this special offer are: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and BUGSY MALONE.

 

 

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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date. Available tickets will be released at the door.
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Can't Stop the Musicals: A Celebration of Hollywood Musicals of the 1970's & '80's

Co-Presented with OUTFEST

As MOULIN ROUGE and CHICAGO have reignited audience interest in movie musicals, we thought it was time to look at two decades not normally thought of as rich territory for filmed musicals: the 1970’s and 1980’s. While some of these musicals came straight from the Broadway stage (A CHORUS LINE, 1776), others were highly original (TOMMY, WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY). Other films we can look at much more fondly (XANADU, THE APPLE) as a couple of decades have softened our critical (and musical!) expectations. Our series opens with a Bob Fosse Tribute with CABARET and ALL THAT JAZZ, and kicks into high gear with a trio of rock musicals: ROCK ‘N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and TOMMY. There is something for everyone from children (BUGSY MALONE) to headbangers (THIS IS SPINAL TAP) to Streisand fans (FUNNY LADY and YENTL), to those looking for a forgotten gem like THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL. Pull on your tights, strap on a guitar and a glitter wig, or just bring your enthusiastic voice and energy as we explore the musicals of the 1970’s and 1980’s in all their big screen glory!!

 

Thursday, May 22 – 7:00 PM

Bob Fosse Tribute Night – Actor Michael York In Person!!

CABARET, 1972, Warner Bros., 123 min. Director/choreographer Bob Fosse’s mad, desperate, thoroughly outrageous adaptation of Kander & Ebb’s Broadway musical stars Liza Minnelli in an Oscar-winning performance as cheerfully depraved sprite Sally Bowles, falling in love with na´ve writer Michael York in 1930’s Berlin, while the shadow of Nazism spreads across Europe. Co-starring Joel Grey as the devilish host of the sinful Kit Kat Klub. Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Director, Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth) and Supporting Actor (Grey).

ALL THAT JAZZ, 1979, 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Intense, compelling musical based on the life of its director, choreographer and screenwriter, Bob Fosse. Roy Scheider stars as an obsessed, womanizing, pill-popping, chain-smoking Broadway choreographer and director who pays the ultimate price for his insane, creative lifestyle. The movie probably has the only musical number set during open-heart surgery, and kudos go to Gwen Verdon as Fosse’s loyal ex-wife and Ann Reinking playing his patient mistress. Discussion between films with actor Michael York (CABARET) and songwriter Mike Stoller (ALL THAT JAZZ) and dancer Jennifer Nairn-Smith (ALL THAT JAZZ). (schedule permitting).

 

Friday, May 23 – 7:00 PM

Mary Woronov, Allan Arkush and Michael Finnell In Person!!

ROCK ‘N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, 1979, New World, 93 min. Dir. Allan Arkush. Rebel party girl and The Ramones’ biggest fan, P.J. Soles, converts both fellow high school misfits and conservative students alike to the joys of the black leather quartet’s intoxicating brand of punk pop, something which leads to open rebellion against the teachers, in particular, dictator principal Miss Togar (Mary Woronov). Perfectly captures a teenager’s mindset where food fights and anarchy are equated, and blowing up the school building is the best antidote for a boring Saturday night - ! Discussion following with actress Mary Woronov, actor Vincent Van Patten, director Allan Arkush and producer Michael Finnell (schedule permitting). *Ramones fans should note that we will be showing a new documentary about the Ramones on May 29th!

 

Friday, May 23 – 9:30 PM

New 35 mm. Prints! Actor/Composer Paul Williams In Person!!

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, 1974, 20th Century Fox, 92 min. Dir. Brian De Palma’s vivid re–imagining of The Phantom of the Opera is at once camp, surreal, dazzling and heartbreaking. Cutthroat record producer Swann (Paul Williams, who also wrote the fine score) steals both the music and the girl from composer Winslow Leech (William Finely). Horribly disfigured in an attempt to reclaim his artistic credit, Leech becomes The Phantom at Swan’s new rock palace, The Paradise. Jessica Harper, contributing her creamy alto, plays Leech’s love interest, and Garrett Graham is hysterical as glitter-rock star "Beef." De Palma turns what could have been a lightweight indulgence into clever pop-culture commentary.

TOMMY, 1975, Columbia, 111 min. Having already brought an outlandish, anything-goes quality to such musicals as THE BOYFRIEND (sadly unavailable for this series), director Ken Russell was the perfect choice to helm the Who’s landmark rock opera TOMMY, transforming it into a stream- of-consciousness catalog of wild performances from the likes of Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and others. Note: we’ll be screening a brand new print using the 8-channel SDDS track to reproduce the original 5-channel Quintaphonic sound. Discussion between films with actor and composer Paul Williams (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE) & Archie Hahn (PHANTOM) of Juicy Fruit (schedule permitting).

 

Saturday, May 24 – 5:00 PM

Director Randal Kleiser In Person!!

GREASE, 1978, Paramount, 110 min. Pompadored tough-guy John Travolta learns the meaning of true love, 1950’s style, from summertime sweetheart Olivia Newton-John, with help from a fantastic supporting cast including Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Eve Arden and Frankie Avalon. A soundtrack of wall-to-wall hits ("You’re The One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," "Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee") in director Randal Kleiser’s irresistible teen-dream of a movie musical. Discussion following with director Randal Kleiser; actors Jeff Conaway and Barry Pearl; actresses Jamie Donnely and Minah Manoff & cinematographer Bill Butler (schedule permitting).

 

Saturday, May 24 – 8:00 PM

Double Feature:

XANADU, 1980, Universal, 93 min. Dir. Robert Greenwald. Fresh off her success with GREASE, Olivia-Newton John starred in this roller-skating fantasy set in Los Angeles. Don’t use logic when thinking about the plot or the fact that Gene Kelly is here, dancing and singing (he’s a construction millionare who wants to get back into his first-love, music!) Give yourself over to the transformation of the now destroyed Pan Pacific Theatre into a fantasy 80’s nightclub. Thrill to roller-skating along a very crowded Palisades Park. Hum along to music by Electric Light Orchestra and the Tubes. And Olivia Newton-John singing of course! Don’t miss the finale which includes multiple dance/skate numbers, trapeze artists, jugglers, cowboys, new-wavers … there’s something for everyone in this wholesome "hang onto your dreams" fantasy.

THE WIZ, 1978, Universal, 134 min. Dir. Sidney Lumet. "Can you feel a brand-new day?" sing Diana Ross and Michael Jackson as Dorothy and the Scarecrow in this African American version of "The Wizard of Oz" taken from the hit Broadway musical of the same name. "Oz" is now New York City landmarks, such as Coney Island, the World Trade Center and the subway system. Wonderful sets and cinematography, and Diana Ross is strong as an actress, singer and dancer here. Features Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, Nipsy Russell and Ted Ross and Mabel King as Evillene. Why don’t you "ease on down the road" to the Egyptian for this fantasy, fun-filled double-bill? Discussion between films cinematographer Victor J. Kemper (XANADU).

 

Sunday, May 25 – 5:00 PM

Director Mel Stuart In Person! Children's Matinee!

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, 1971, Warner Bros., 100 min. Dir. Mel Stuart. "Come with me, and you’ll be in a World of Pure Imagination," croons mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) in this truly wondrous musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, as the five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets (Veruca Salt! Augustus Gloop!) and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory. Glorious, candy-colored direction by Mel Stuart, matched by the irridescent score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (DR. DOLITTLE). With Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear. Discussion following with director Mel Stuart (schedule permitting).

Wonka Bars will be for sale in the lobby!

 

Sunday, May 25 – 7:45 PM

World Theatrical Premiere of the Definitive Director's Cut! Brand New 35 mm Digital Stereo Print! Director Peter H. Hunt In Person!!

1776, 1972, Columbia, 169 min. Dir. Peter H. Hunt. Inspired, faithful adaptation of the 1969 Broadway musical. Who would have thought the story of the signing of the Declaration of Independence could be so fascinating as a movie and a musical? John Adams (William Daniels), Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva) and Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) try to woo the rest of the ten colonies towards independence from mother country England. Many of the actors here were in the original Broadway production and their ease in the roles shows on the screen. We’re thrilled to be screening a beautifully restored print of the complete, uncut version of the film, courtesy of Columbia Pictures! Discussion following with director Peter H. Hunt actors Bill Daniels and and Ken Howard, plus choreographer Onna White (schedule permitting).

 

Thursday, May 29 – 7:30 PM

Alternative Screen & Slamdance Present:

RAMONES: END OF THE CENTURY, 2003, 122 min., USA A comprehensive look at the lives and music of seminal punk rock icons, The Ramones. From the early days in Queens to CBGB’s to international stardom, the film looks at the legend of the Ramones. Features interviews with Joe Strummer of The Clash, members of the Sex Pistols, Rob Zombie and the Ramones themselves. Directed by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields. Co-presented with the Slamdance Film Festival. (www.slamdance.com) Discussion following with directors Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields.

 

Wednesday, May 28 – 7:30 PM

Directors Bruce Kimmel and Mark Haggard In Person!!

THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL, 1976, Mark Haggard, 97 min. Dirs. Bruce Kimmel and Mark Haggard. Charming, low-budget satire starring Cindy Williams in a lovely comedic (and clothed!) role. To save a near bankrupt family-owned studio in Hollywood, plans are made for the first "porno musical"!! Full-frontal, but tastful nudity abounds. Pre-director Ron Howard has a one-line moment in the film as an auditioning actor. Classic songs that will stay with you forever with such titles as "Dancing Dildos," "Lesbian Butch Dyke" and "Let Me Eat You" will force you to leave the youngsters at home. The ingenue singing and skipping her way down mid-70’s Hollywood Boulevard may inspire you to do the same! Discussion following with directors Bruce Kimmel and Mark Haggard (schedules permitting).

 

Friday, May 30 – 7:00 PM

New 35 mm. Print! Actor John Savage In Person!!

HAIR, 1979, MGM/UA, 121 min. Over ten years elapsed between the initial Broadway run of one of the most controversial musicals ever produced, and its cinematic incarnation – and it was worth the wait. Claude (John Savage), a young soldier on his way to Vietnam, meets a gang of hippies headed by Berger (a very winning Treat Williams), who teach him about love and flower-power. Under the skillful direction of Milos Foreman and choreography by Twyla Tharp (the same team behind AMADEUS), every musical number (including the crushing finale) works beautifully. An especially relevant film in today’s climate. Discussion following with actor John Savage (schedule permitting).

 

Friday, May 30 – 10:00 PM

Camp Classic Double Feature!!

THE APPLE, 1980, MGM/UA, 90 min. Dir. Menahem Golan. Cannon Films mogul Menahem Golan’s over the top musicall debut is a camp-lover’s delight. Set in "the future," in 1994, where almost all the world has become enslaved to the hedonistic disco music of the BIM corporation, (supervised by the demonic Mr. Boogaloo (Vladek Sheybal), an innocent folk duo trying to make it to the top, become Boogaloo’s victims and foes in this biblical-themed "epic." Be prepared for jaw-dropping set design, costumes and musical numbers that jump from sappy soft-rock to 70’s disco to glitter rock to cabaret and Broadway. We ask you to hold onto your seats and do not be surprised if you feel the urge to wear lots of metallic fabrics and strange make-up as you exit the theatre.

SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, 1978, Universal, 113 min. Any musical that features the songs of Lennon & McCartney and a cast that includes (are you ready for this??) Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Steve Martin, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Earth Wind & Fire, George Burns and the wildest list of walk-on cameos in movie history can’t be ALL bad!! In fact, time has been quite good to director Michael (CAR WASH) Schultz’s delirious, disco-flavored take on the Beatles – but don’t miss this ultra-rare screening, it may never come again!

 

Saturday, May 31 – 2:00 PM

Children’s Matinee:

BUGSY MALONE, 1976, Paramount, 93 min. Dir. Alan Parker. Set in 1929 New York City, BUGSY MALONE is a winning, charming spoof of all those gangster/prohibition movies -- the big difference here is all the cast members are under 14 - !! The bullets in the guns are now whipped cream, the cars are pedal-driven, and the wonderful, high-spirited young cast includes Jodie Foster as a gangster’s moll and Scott Baio as the smooth-talking, quick-thinking title character, Bugsy Malone. With a lovely, memorable score by Paul Williams (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE).

 

Saturday, May 31 – 5:00 PM

Actor Harry Shearer In Person!!

THIS IS SPINAL TAP, 1984, Stuart Lisell/Canal +, 82 min. Okay, so it’s not "technically" a musical in the traditional, you know, "all-singing all-dancing sense" … but WHO CARES when you’ve got the Tapsters thundering their way through greatest hits like "Big Bottom," "Sex Farm," and "Hell Hole"?!?! Director Rob Reiner created his funniest film in this sidesplitting rock mockumentary chronicling the less than triumphant return to America of legendary British heavy-metal band Spinal Tap. Spot-on performances from Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner himself as documentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi. Discussion following with actor/musician Harry Shearer (schedule permitting).

 

Saturday, May 31 – 7:30 PM

Barbra Streisand Double Header!

FUNNY LADY, 1975, Columbia, 136 min. Dir. Herbert Ross. Barbra Streisand’s continuation of the life of Ziegfield star Fanny Brice, first begun in the award-winning FUNNY GIRL, featuring songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb (CABARET, CHICAGO) and Peter Matz, and fine direction by Herbert Ross (TURNING POINT). Streisand is terrific as the star who falls for Billy Rose (James Caan) while trying to purge herself of her love for Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Co-starring Roddy McDowell and Ben Vereen.

YENTL, 1983, MGM/UA, 132 min. Authentically recreating 1904 Eastern Europe, the story revolves around Yentl’s (Barbra Streisand) attempt to disguise herself as a boy to gain an education, while falling in love with her fellow student Avigdor, wonderfully played by Mandy Patinkin. Streisand not only starred and sang all the songs in YENTL, she also directed, produced and co-wrote the script. (She was and still is, the only woman to undertake all these roles in a major Hollywood film.) Featuring music by Michel Legrand (THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG) and lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman ("The Way We Were"). Based on the Isaac Bashevis Singer short story "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy."

 

Sunday, June 1 – 5:00 PM

FAME, 1980, MGM (Warners), 134 min. With Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean. From Alan Parker, the director of EVITA, THE COMMITMENTS and BUGSY MALONE, FAME tells the story of a cross-section of students at the High School of the Performing Arts in New York. Their struggles with family, success, failure, sexuality, economics and race as they try to find themselves as performers is as irresistible as the high-energy singing and dancing. "I’m gonna to live forever …!" An Academy Award-winner for Best Song and Original Score. Irene Cara will not be able to appear for discussion as was previously announced.