Movie buffs for films like Steven Spielberg masterpieces and other such worthy creations shouldn’t miss Austin, Texas’ Paramount Theatre’s Summer Classic Film Series which started in June.
The event, which continues through September, showcases such screenings from Hitchcock to Asian works.
Eighty classic flicks are screened in the annual event which draws tons of people at 713 Congress Avenue.
July 24 and 25th Citizen Kane” will be featured at 9:20 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. The story tells of the man who went from boy wonder to middle-aged eccentric known as Orson Welles. He remains one of the most unique figures in the history of movies, both as actor and director, according to one magazine. I saw the movie as a requirement for a journalism course in college and never forgot it. The 1941 movie is 119 minutes in black and white and tops many lists as the best film ever made as well as one of the most influential, one writer says.
On the same days, “A Touch of Evil” starring Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Dietrich, and directed by Welles will be shown at the same location with show times at 7 p.m. on the 24th and 9:35 p.m. the next day. It was made in 1958 and was ignored by the industry when it was released at first.
Horror movie fanatics will again enjoy “Them!” the 1954 film July 30th at 9:10 p.m. and the 31st at 7 p.m. Texas Monthly says the movie is one of the best 50s sci-fi shows featuring giant, mutated ants running loose in the Southwest.
Science fiction fans have to check out “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” one of Spielberg’s classic stories Aug. 4th at 7 p.m. and the 5th at 4:30 p.m. The 1977 movie stars Terri Garr and is the director’s first experience with the genre after Star Wars was released. I remember seeing this when it came out at age 11 and not understanding why the main character was building a huge pile of mashed potatoes on his dinner plate.
Aug. 6th once again Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” will take center stage at 9 p.m. The movie which was released last year drew many supporters in the name of global warming and the earth’s crisis. The movie stars Gore and is a documentary.
“Beauty and the Beast” will be shown Aug. 13th at 7 and 9 p.m. The 1946 flick is called the best version of the classic tale, hands down by a local magazine. I remember seeing a play format of this movie and being terrified as an elementary school student.
Sept. 1-2 appreciate the legend of “Cleopatra” being shown at 7:30 p.m. the first day and 2 and 7:30 p.m. the next. The 1963 movie features a svelte Elizabeth Taylor, her real-life boyfriend Richard Burton, and Roddy McDowall. Believe it or not, it is still considered the most expensive movie of all time and the pinnacle of pre-digital age spectacles, as quoted by The Paramount Theatre’s website. I dressed up as Cleopatra one year for Halloween and loved the costume, particularly the wig and headpiece.
For more information on the series, call 512-469-7469.