Two Judy Garland Classics
December 14 - 19
The subject of a current Oscar-touted biopic, Judy Garland was a superb comic and dramatic actor, in addition to her legendary singing abilities. We present one of her most famous films and one of her most underrated, both in 35mm prints.
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either THE WIZARD OF OZ or THE PIRATE, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)
The Wizard of Oz
1939, Victor Fleming and (uncredited) King Vidor, USA, 102 min.
With Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton
"THE WIZARD OF OZ remains the weirdest, scariest, kookiest, most haunting and indelible kid-flick-that's-really-for-adults ever made."—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A work of almost staggering iconographic, mythological, creative and simple emotional meaning...this is one vintage film that lives up to its classic status."—Todd McCarthy, Variety
16-year-old Judy Garland had already co-starred in several films when she was catapulted into immortality by MGM's iconic musical fantasy about an unhappy Kansas girl tornado-tossed to a magical land where she finds friendship, danger, and the mixed blessings of maturity. The Yellow Brick Road, the ruby-red slippers, the Wicked Witch of the West, Munchkinland, "Over the Rainbow," and much else have become indelible ingredients of the collective popular imagination. Beyond its mythic resonance and sensible life-lessons, WIZARD is a full-blown experience, its sense of wonder leavened with plenty of humor and (like all enduring fairy tales) a depth-charge of scariness beneath its shiny surface. The film's imaginative set design, lush color, and larger-than-life archetypes will reward a big-screen revisit, no matter how many times you've seen it at home. 35mm. (MR)
1948, Vincente Minnelli, USA, 102 min.
With Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
"Lively, colorful, and lyrical—Minnelli was married to Garland at the time, and it shows in some of the most romantic close-ups ever put on film."—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
A commercial failure that producer Arthur Freed called “twenty years ahead of its time,” THE PIRATE has gone on to attain cult status as one of the wittiest and most dazzling screen musicals. Garland plays a cloistered Caribbean damsel who is fated to marry a stolid burgher (Walter Slezak) but yearns to be swept away by the notorious storybook pirate Macoco. Learning her secret, a travelling actor (Kelly) pretends to be the brigand in the hope of winning her heart. The Cole Porter numbers include the spectacular “Pirate Ballet Fantasy” and the uproarious finale “Be a Clown.” 35mm. (MR)