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<< July 6 - 8, 2007 >>>

Summer Laughter

 


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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!

 

 

Tired out and dazed from all the July 4th festivities and televised sports events? Come and join us for this rejuvenating spate of effervescent comedies guaranteed to re-energize and lift your spirits from the midsummer doldrums. From cult to classic, from Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder (STIR CRAZY; SILVER STREAK) to the Marx Brothers (A NIGHT AT THE OPERA; A DAY AT THE RACES) to Charlie Chaplin (THE KID), they’re guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and put a spring in your step.

 

 

Friday, July 6 – 7:30 PM

Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder Double Feature:

STIR CRAZY, 1980, Sony Repertory, 108 min. Directed by Sidney Poitier (star of LILIES OF THE FIELD and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT), this classic comedy once again pairs Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. The team's chemistry and improvisation make this one of the most quotable films of all time. Struggling playwright Wilder and struggling actor Pryor head west to seek their fortune. Framed for a bank robbery they didn't commit and sentenced to 125 years in jail, the two must appear in a prison rodeo in order to escape. Also features POLTERGEIST's Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. "Yea, that's right! That's right! We bad!"

SILVER STREAK, 1976, 20th Century Fox, 114 min. Director Arthur Hiller’s (THE IN-LAWS) action comedy was the first of four team-ups by comedy giants Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Writer Collin Higgins (HAROLD AND MAUDE) spoofs Hitchcock and James Bond. George Caldwell (Wilder), a bored book publisher finds romance and murder with Hilly Burns (Jill Clayburgh) on a cross-country bullet train from Los Angeles to Chicago. Wilder befriends thief Grover Muldoon (Pryor) to get help fighting the murderers and saving Hilly. Climaxes with one of the most notable train crashes in film history. With great villainous turns by Patrick McGoohan (TV’s "The Prisoner") and seven-foot-two actor Richard Kiel (Jaws in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME) as the henchman with bizarre-looking teeth. Also features Ned Beatty, Fred Willard, Scatman Crothers, Clifton James and Ray Walston. Musical score by Henry Mancini.

 

Saturday, July 7 – 7:30 PM

Marx Brothers Double Feature:

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, 1935, Warner Bros., 92 min. Dir. Sam Wood. The Marx Brothers’ first film for MGM, first without Zeppo, and their biggest box office hit. Heck, you know the plot, so just enjoy the stateroom scene, the contract routine, and tons of great one-liners. And remember: there ain’t no sanity clause! Numerous writers (many uncredited) include George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Al Boasberg and even Buster Keaton. With Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Sig Rumann, Walter Woolf King, and of course, Margaret Dumont.

A DAY AT THE RACES, 1937, Warner Bros., 111 min. Dir. Sam Wood. The Marx Brothers’ second (and most expensive) MGM film serves up Groucho as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, who arouses all sorts of suspicion as the new head of a posh sanitarium—and with good reason: he’s actually a veterinarian! Includes the celebrated "tootsie-fruitsie" and examination routines, and a tremendous cast including Maureen O’Sullivan, Allan Jones, Douglass Dumbrille, Sig Rumann, Esther Muir, and of course, Margaret Dumont.

 

 

 

Sunday, July 8 – 3:00 PM

Silent Family Matinee – Kid’s Festival:

THE KID, 1921, 60 min. In perhaps his greatest film masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, following his paternal instincts, takes a hapless, orphaned baby - "The Kid" - under his wing. Five years pass, and the tyke is now a precocious little boy (Jackie Coogan), helping his foster dad, The Tramp, in his "window glass replacement" scam. But a confluence of events, including The Kid’s sudden illness, conspire to separate the two. "…scenes of Chaplin and his company at their finest. And it is a real cinematographic work in the universal language of moving pictures. It could be understood, which means mightily enjoyed, anywhere in the world without a single sub-title, and those it has are few, far between and brief."The New York Times Bring your children to discover the wonderful art of Charlie Chaplin on a big screen, with live musical accompaniment, and to begin, some very funny silent short films!

Sunday, July 8 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THIS IS SPINAL TAP, 1984, Stuart Lisell/Canal +, 82 min. Director Rob Reiner created his funniest film in this side-splitting rock mockumentary chronicling the less than triumphant return to America of legendary British heavy-metal band Spinal Tap. Spot-on performances from Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner himself as documentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi.

REPO MAN, 1984, Universal, 92 min. Director Alex Cox’s (SID AND NANCY) debut feature has the distinction of probably being the only punk rock/sci-fi/crime/comedy in film history, a deliriously screwball odyssey through the back streets of Los Angeles. Veteran repo war-horse Bud (Harry Dean Stanton in one of his funniest roles) breaks in new repo man Otto (Emilio Estevez) while tracking a vintage Chevy Malibu driven by a swerving and out-of-control nuclear physicist (Fox Harris). But the two soon find ruthless Feds, TV preachers, Chicano gangs, horny UFO freaks and just about everyone else in L.A. is also after the car. A dead-on satire of early 1980’s pop culture and coming-of-age teen comedies, not to mention sci-fi and film noir (with an affectionate nod to Robert Aldrich’s KISS ME DEADLY). Produced by Michael Nesmith, it became an instant cult classic with perhaps the greatest punk rock soundtrack of all time featuring Fear, Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies and the Circle Jerks. With cinematography by Von Trier & Jarmusch favorite, Robby Muller. Unforgettable supporting performances by Sy Richardson and Tracy Walter.