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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Please join us for post-Turkey Day festivities with three days of uplifting,
life-affirming movies for the whole family. Well be screening what still remains,
after repeated showings, one of our most requested films, Ron Frickes and Mark
Magidsons awe-inspiring BARAKA (in a 70mm print, of course!) as well as
two classic musicals, SINGIN IN THE RAIN and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
Friday, November 24 7:30 PM
70mm Print! BARAKA, 1992, Magidson
Films, 96 min. If you have never seen BARAKA, one of the Cinematheques favorite
movies, this is another chance to experience one of the most visually awesome films ever
made. Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath of life," BARAKA is a
mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe (shot in 24 countries on 5 continents),
from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier
KOYANNISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely
without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70 mm. images, BARAKA is
quite simply breathtaking. "Smashingly edited, superbly scored
volumes about the planet without uttering a single word." Suzan Ayscough, Variety
Saturday, November 25 7:30 PM
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 1952, Warner Bros., 102 min.
Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. On a short list of the greatest screen
musicals ever made, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed
giving screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in
his career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) -- including "Broadway Melody,"
"You Are My Lucky Star," and the title song - and saying simply, weave a story
around these. What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and dance, innocence and
nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in co-star Donald
O'Connor's show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" routine.) Co-director Kelly shines
as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career (and leading lady, hilariously played by Jean
Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie
Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley
and the great Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet
with Kelly nearly steals the show! For the 50th Anniversary of the film, Warner Bros. has
digitally restored the sound and picture of the film - resulting in arguably the most
astonishingly beautiful SINGIN' ever seen!!
Sunday, November 26 5:00 PM
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 1971, MGM Repertory, 181
min. Coming at the end of the great era of Hollywood musicals, director Norman
Jewisons wonderful, elegiac FIDDLER ON THE ROOF added a note of somber realism
to the genre, along with such soul-inspiring numbers as "Tradition" and
"Lchaim (To Life)." Topol stars as the beleagured but still
optimistic Russian milkman Tevye, trying to hold his Jewish family together in the face of
troubling changes in early 20th century Russia. Production designer Robert
Boyle (THE BIRDS, CAPE FEAR) conjures up a marvelous, earth-toned vision of life in the
turn of the last century shtetls. Based on Joseph Steins play, with music and
lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Academy Award Winner for Best Cinematography
(Oswald Morris) and Score (John Williams).