Paramount Gets Ready for Summer
43rd annual celebration of film fun on Austin's grandest screen
By Richard Whittaker,
4:00PM, Tue. May 15, 2018
Is it really summer already? Near enough, and so the Paramount has just released its full listing for the best primer to film history you can dream of: the 43rd Paramount Summer Classic Film Series.
Starting May 24 with Casablanca, the season kicks off with a military theme for Memorial Day, including Apocalypse Now Redux, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and a special centennial screening of Charlie Chaplin’s rarely seen first feature as a director, Shoulder Arms.
That’s just one of a swath of commemorative screenings, including a 55th birthday date for the magnificent and star-laden The Great Escape and Fellini’s masterpiece 8 ½, the 50th anniversaries of Funny Girl and Planet of the Apes, plus celebrating four decades of (deep breath) The Wiz, Superman, Killer of Sheep Days of Heaven, and the definitive college comedy, National Lampoon’s Animal House.
Fans of David Bowie (and who isn’t?) will also swoon at a rare 35th anniversary screening of his role in Tony Scott’s chillingly erotic vampire drama, The Hunger. That’s part of Starman, a celebration of his often over-looked career as an actor, including Labyrinth, and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Other special themed sections of the calendar include:• Vaudeville! (May 29-31): keying off the Harry Ransom Center’s ongoing exhibition of the great variety theatre tradition, film featuring performers who cut their teeth on the stage, including the Marx Brothers (Monkey Business), W.C. Fields (The Bank Dick), Lena Horne in Stormy Weather, and Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams, and Horne again in Ziegfeld Follies.
• The Family Film Festival, filled with beloved classics including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, The Princess Bride, and The Wizard of Oz.
• Stage to Screen (June 11-12), Screen to Stage (June 13-14), and Screen to Stage to Screen (June 15) celebrating movies based on plays (and vice versa), such as Guys and Dolls and Hairspray
• Fantastic Heroines (June 18-21) gathering inspirational tales of women taking the lead, including Tilda Swinton’s breakout role in Orlando, and Catherine Breillat’s remarkable reinvention of Bluebeard.
• Dystopian Visions (June 22-24) predicting the best of the worst possible futures, from Metropolis to Brazil.
• Fright Nights (July 6-8) give some midsummer scares, from outer space (Alien) to Amity Island (Jaws).
• And a week of 70mm prints to peel back your eyeballs, with 2001: A Space Odyssey, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Lawrence of Arabia all in massive format.
That’s barely scratching the surface of the treasure trove (did we mention The Treasure of the Sierra Madre? Or Pulp Fiction? Or Giant?) all summer long. Head to www.austintheatre.org, or pick up the new issue of The Austin Chronicle (on stands this Thursday) for the full listing.