|Can't Stop the Musicals: More
Musicals the 1970's and 80's!
This series is exclusively at the Aero.
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 1970s and 1980s in all their big screen glory!!
In the wake of MOULIN ROUGE and CHICAGO, two
blockbusters that served to re-ignite audience interest in movie musicals, and following
in the path of the series that we presented at the Egyptian theatre the past two years,
lets look at an era not normally thought of as rich territory for filmed musicals:
the 1970s and 1980s. While some of these musicals came straight from the
Broadway stage like CABARET and 1776, others were highly original.
Dont miss GREASE, an irresistible teen-dream musical with a soundtrack of
wall-to-wall hits; the rock musical, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and Alan Parker's
intense interpretation of Pink Floyd's classic album THE WALL -- all on the big
screen where they were meant to be seen!!
Thursday, July 21 7:30 PM
PINK FLOYD THE WALL, 1982,
Warner Bros., 99 min. Dir. Alan Parker. Director Alan Parker's vivid film interpretation
of the British rock combo's classic album THE WALL fuses curious fantasy with dark, tragic
drama on an epic scale. The film makes innovative use of sets, costumes, and special
effects, imbuing the movie with a bizarre surrealism worthy of Luis Bu˝uel and Salvador
Dali. Both disturbing and bedazzling, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL is a must-see film for any
music lover. An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Friday, July 22 7:30 PM
GREASE, 1978, Paramount, 110 min.
Pompadored tough-guy John Travolta learns the meaning of true love, 1950s
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 ("Youre The One That I
Want," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," "Look At Me, Im Sandra
Dee") in director Randal Kleisers irresistible teen-dream of a movie
musical. An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Saturday, July 23 7:30 PM
CABARET, 1972, Warner Bros. 123
min. Director/choreographer Bob Fosses mad, desperate, thoroughly outrageous
adaptation of Kander & Ebbs 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 1930s 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). An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Sunday, July 24 5:00 PM
Restored Definitive Director's Cut! 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. Were 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, Bill Daniels, Ken Howard.
An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Thursday, July 28 7:30 PM
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, 1974,
20th Century Fox, 92 min. Dir. Brian De Palmas vivid reimagining 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 Swans new
rock palace, The Paradise. Jessica Harper, contributing her creamy alto, plays
Leechs love interest, and Gerrit Graham is hysterical as glitter-rock star
"Beef." De Palma turns what could have been a lightweight indulgence into clever
pop-culture commentary. Paul Williams will appear for
discussion following the film. An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Friday, July 29 7:30 PM
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, 1977,
Paramount, 119 min. Plucked from the cast of the ensemble high-school sitcom, Welcome
Back Kotter for his first-starring film role, this is the movie that made John
Travolta a movie star. And confirmed the fact that the man can DANCE! Director John
Badham captures the connection between great dance music and the body. Not the usual
fare from this director, more known for action and war-themed films. The story of a
Brooklyn youth who is stuck in a working-class job and finds that being king of the dance
floor during the disco craze of the late 70s might be his ticket to bigger things.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER has it all. Big hair, white polyester suits and the quintessential
Bee Gees soundtrack. Points and maybe prizes for those who dare to come as Tony (Travolta).
An Aero Theatre Exclusive!