Landmark's Ken Cinema has made it a recent tradition to spend an entire week showcasing classic films. From Friday, April 1 through Thursday, April 7, San Diego's favorite vintage theater offers an impressive program spanning from the silent era to the 1980s.
Some choices are your typical film canon fodder. Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (April 5), starring the great trio of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, remains one of Hollywood's most popular melodramas. Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (April 1), a subversive spoof Western with Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and Slim Pickens, makes regular appearances on TCM as well. Both are worthy of their reputations.
The rest of the programming is more adventurous. Seeing Fritz Lang's genre-defining silent film Metropolis (April 4) on the big screen will be a treat. Its influence on the modern sci-fi and horror genres cannot be underestimated.
Terry Gilliam's dystopian gonzo thrill ride Brazil (April 7) can also claim iconic status thanks to its dynamic set design and razor sharp critique of power run amok. The film will be presented in its uncut European version.
Roman Polanski's early career version of Macbeth (April 6) offers viewers a deeply disturbing and dark vision of the classic Shakespeare tragedy. A newly restored version of Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight (April 3) also looks at the power play between royalty, namely Henry IV, whose cunning actions led to the War of the Roses and later insurrections in early 15th century Britain.
Finally, the piece-de-résistance of this latest Ken Cinema week of classics is Stanley Kurbickís Barry Lyndon, arguably the great filmmaker's ultimate masterpiece. Starring Ryan O'Neil as an ambitious Irishman who climbs up the ladder of English aristocracy any way he can, it's one of the most beautiful films ever made,
I Saw the Light: Tom Hiddleston stars as Hank Williams in this biopic that traverses the life of the iconic country music singer.
Ken Classics: Seven classic films, ranging from the silent sci-fi Metropolis to the 1980s head trip from Terry Gilliam titled Brazil, will screen beginning Friday, April 1 through Thursday, April 7.
Lolo: Directed by Julie Delpy, this romantic comedy concerns a newly happy Parisian couple whose bond is tested by an angry teenage son. Screens through Thursday, April 7, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Marguerite: A wealthy socialite in 1920s Paris thinks she’s a good singer, that is until she performs in front of an audience that’s not her friends and family.
Mountains May Depart: Beginning in 1999, a young Chinese woman decides to marry a wealthy industrialist rather than a blue-collar coal miner, a decision that ripples through segments set in 2014 and 2025. Screens through Thursday, April 7, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
One Time Only
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: A snarky teen (Matthew Broderick) plays hooky and convinces a few friends to do the same, much to the chagrin of his authoritarian principal. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
Man For a Day: Katrina Peters’ documentary follows activist Diane Torr as she leads a seminar in Berlin about masculinity and gender identity with a large group of female participants. Screens at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at The Loft at UCSD.
Infinitely Polar Bear: Mark Ruffalo plays a manic father who suddenly finds himself in charge of his two feisty daughters once his wife decides to go back to school. Screens at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.