|Written Communication: A
Tribute to Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
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Screenwriter, playwright and short-story author Lorenzo
Semple Jr. garnered acclaim as a television writer during the medium's golden
age, scripting episodes of "Kraft Suspense Theatre," "Rat Patrol" and
other hits. He struck gold with his work on TV's "Batman," for which he wrote
the pilot and several episodes (he also was the series' story editor, leaving his mark on
the entire first season), before scripting the 1966 feature film version of the program.
Semple went on to write some of the American cinema's greatest screenplays, including the
political thrillers THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE PARALLAX VIEW. Join us for two double
features representing two sides of Semple's sensibility: the comic book escapades of BATMAN
and 1980's FLASH GORDON and the sly satire of PRETTY POISON
and THE MARRIAGE OF A YOUNG STOCKBROKER.
Sunday, May 16 5:00
Larry Karaszewski Presents:Double Feature: BATMAN, 1966, 20th Century Fox, 105 min. Dir. Leslie Martinson.
The "Batman" TV show spawned this feature-length opus, bringing to the big
screen more tongue-in-cheek antics from Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) as they
battle a villainous alliance of the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Joker (Cesar Romero),
the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and the Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Trailer
FLASH GORDON, 1980, Universal, 111
min. Dir. Mike Hodges. This adaptation of Alex Raymonds comic strip has just the
right balance of action, tongue-in-cheek humor and mindblowing production design, with a
score by none other than Queen! Relative unknowns Sam J. Jones and Melody Anderson play
Flash and Dale, but the supporting cast is full of heavyweights, including Max von Sydow,
Topol and Timothy Dalton. Discussion
between films with writer Lorenzo Semple Jr. Trailer | Buy
Wednesday, May 19 7:30 PM
Larry Karaszewski Presents: Double
Feature:THE MARRIAGE OF A YOUNG
STOCKBROKER, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 95 min. Dir. Lawrence Turman. William Arlen
(Richard Benjamin) is unhappily married to his wife and happily married to his lurid hobby
- being a voyeur. A hilarious and nuanced portrait of a man in the midst of
PRETTY POISON, 1968, 20th
Century Fox, 89 min. Dir. Noel Black. Compulsive liar and former fire-bug Anthony Perkins
is paroled to a small-town factory job where his secret-agent fantasy life fuels romance
with budding cheerleader Tuesday Weld in Lorenzo Semple Jr.s ferociously dark and
funny script. Discussion between films with writer Lorenzo
Semple Jr. and director Lawrence Turman. Buy