Totally Awesome 8: Great Films of the 1980s
July 3–September 17
Half-Price '80s Day July 3!
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
All tickets for films in the Totally Awesome '80s series are half price on July 3! Check out the listings below and plan your own Totally Awesome summer, at bargain rates! Shop online or at the box office on July 3, between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
This year's edition of AFI Silver's popular summertime series showcases the '80s in all their awesomeness—blockbuster hits and retro-tastic rarities; influential originals whose remakes pale in comparison; and underground legends demanding to be seen by today's audiences. These are the kinds of films they just don't make like they used to, and films they just can't make like they used to!
Don't miss this year's lineup of '80s-era summer fun on the big screen — especially as this will be the "Final Chapter." This eighth edition will be the series' finale!
AFI Member passes accepted.
DO THE RIGHT THING
On the hottest day of the year in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, racial tensions reach a boiling point in Spike Lee's thought-provoking masterpiece. Lee stars as Mookie, a deliveryman for Sal's Famous Pizzeria; run by Sal (Danny Aiello) and his sons (John Turturro and Richard Edson), it's the only white-run business in the neighborhood. An unprovoked act of police violence in the neighborhood causes unexpected civil disobedience, escalating tensions along racial lines. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Rosie Perez, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Martin Lawrence and Giancarlo Esposito.
DIR/SCR/PROD Spike Lee. US, 1989, color, 120 min, DCP. RATED R
Thu, Jul 3, 9:30; Wed, Jul 9, 9:15
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
The further adventures of Indiana Jones, famously opening with a bravura action sequence that begins in a Shanghai nightclub and ends with the hero and his compatriots jumping out of a plane over the Himalayas without the aid of parachutes. An Indian death cult that has enslaved village children takes over the bad-guy roles from the Nazis this time. The graphic human sacrifice scenes, involving the extraction of a still-beating human heart, eventually led to the creation of the PG-13 rating.
DIR Steven Spielberg; SCR Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, from a story by George Lucas; PROD Robert Watts. US, 1984, color, 118 min, 35mm. RATED PG
Fri, Jul 4, 8:15; Sat, Jul 5, 5:15; Sun, Jul 6, 3:30; Tue, Jul 8, 9:15;
Thu, Jul 10, 9:15
"Wol-ver-ines!" Filmmaker John Milius (screenwriter of APOCALYPSE NOW, writer-director of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and inspiration for THE BIG LEBOWSKI'S Walter Sobchak) delivers the mother of all Cold War paranoid fantasies. A Soviet-Cuban sneak attack cripples the U.S., but their invasion is repelled by freedom-loving teens, relying on a combination of hunting skills and lessons learned on the football field. Only in America, only in the '80s. The young cast includes Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey, plus SUPERFLY's Ron O'Neal as a Cuban comandante. The first movie to garner a PG-13 rating.
DIR/SCR John Milius; SCR Kevin Reynolds; PROD Barry Beckerman, Buzz Feitshans. US, 1984, color, 114 min, 35mm. RATED PG-13
Sun, Jul 6, 6:00; Mon, Jul 7, 9:00
"The film marks the spot where the avant-garde, the grotesque and the insane meet." –David Edelstein, The New York Times
Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani's marriage is on the rocks, but their love/hate dynamic is taken to unimaginable extremes in Andrzej Żuławski's notoriously over-the-top horror-amour fou classic, long difficult to see in its complete form and now ripe for rediscovery. Quite at home in the divided Berlin of the early 1980s, the well-to-do couple play out their union's disintegration across the borders of sanity all the way into the supernatural. Best Actress awards for Adjani, 1981 Cannes Film Festival and Cesar Awards.
DIR/SCR Andrzej Żuławski; SCR Frederic Tuten; PROD Marie-Laure Reyre. France/West Germany, 1981, color, 127 min, 35mm. RATED R
STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME
Sat, Jul 12, 9:00; Sun, Jul 13, 9:15; Mon, Jul 14, 9:00
With Earth imperiled by an alien probe and the Enterprise crew still in hot water with Star Fleet after the events of STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, Kirk and company make a desperate escape into the past – via the "gravity slingshot time-warp effect" – and arrive in 1980s San Francisco. Their mission: bring humpback whales from the past back to the future, to right the wrong of their future extinction, and reconnect with what turns out to be their extraterrestrial origins. Save the whales, save the planet. Leonard Nimoy directs the wittiest and wisest of the franchise films.
DIR Leonard Nimoy; SCR Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer; SCR/PROD Harve Bennett. US, 1986, color, 122 min, 35mm. RATED PG
STREETS OF FIRE
Sun, Jul 13, 6:45; Tue, Jul 15, 9:15; Thu, Jul 17, 9:40
The myth of Orpheus is transposed to MTV-style music video melodrama, as Michael Paré searches high and low for his kidnapped ex-girlfriend Diane Lane across the rain-drenched city night, down dark alleyways, under the elevated railways and in abandoned warehouses (the better to stage music and dance numbers in). A guilty pleasure from the music video age, the decade that mostly turned its back on the Hollywood musical.
DIR/SCR Walter Hill; SCR Larry Gross; PROD Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver. US, 1984, color, 93 min, DCP. RATED R
Fri, Jul 18, 9:30; Thu, Jul 24, 9:15
Walter Hill's raucous odd-couple/buddy cop movie was a massive hit, a genre-defining template-setter that launched comedian Eddie Murphy to superstardom. Nick Nolte is a grizzled cop looking for revenge against two escaped cop killers. Murphy is a convicted hustler currently serving time, but who may hold a valuable lead to find the criminals. In order to catch the perps, Nolte has Murphy released into his custody for 48 hours, beginning a race against time, and a clash of personalities and prejudices for the cop-con team, in a plan that's so crazy it just might work.
DIR/SCR Walter Hill; SCR Roger Spottiswoode, Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza; PROD Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver. US, 1982, color, 96 min, Blu-ray. RATED R
Sun, Jul 20, 8:00; Wed, Jul 23, 9:45
"Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?" Tim Burton brought the Dark Night Detective to the big screen in this landmark comic book adaptation, breaking from the camp of the '60s TV show and reestablishing the edgy aspects of the character. Jack Nicholson as the Joker keeps things from getting too serious, while Michael Keaton, mainly a comedian and a controversial choice to play Bruce Wayne/Batman, surprised many with his convincing darkness. Score by Danny Elfman with songs by Prince, including his final #1 hit (to date...), "Batdance."
DIR Tim Burton; SCR Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren; PROD Peter Guber, Jon Peters. US/UK, 1989, color, 126 min, 35mm. RATED PG-13
CHILDREN OF THE CORN
Gatlin, Nebraska, has fallen victim to religious zealotry, as a crusading youth cult rises up, worshiping not in the faith of their parents – soon dispatched – but instead praying to an ancient presence deep beneath the cornfields. Starring a pre-TERMINATOR Linda Hamilton and loosely based on a Stephen King story, this is an eerie American spin on classic myth-oriented horror literature. Many lesser, direct-to-video sequels obscure the original's spellbindingly macabre merits.
DIR Fritz Kiersch; SCR George Goldsmith, from the short story by Stephen King; PROD Donald P. Borchers, Terrence Kirby. US, 1984, color, 92 min, Blu-ray. RATED R
Tom Hanks gives a moving performance in this winning modern-day fairytale directed by Penny Marshall. In a rush to grow up, 13-year-old New Jersey boy Josh Baskin (David Moscow) makes a wish to be "big" at an old fortune-telling machine down at the pier. The next day he wakes up to discover he's a full-grown man (Hanks). Now forced to run away from home, lest he terrify his poor mother, Josh lights out for the Big Apple to make his way in the grown-up world. Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld, later the director of THE ADDAMS FAMILY and the MEN IN BLACK franchise.
DIR Penny Marshall; SCR Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg; PROD James L. Brooks, Robert Greenhut. US, 1988, color, 104 min, DCP. RATED PG
Sun, Jul 27, 7:30; Wed, Jul 30, 5:15
Joe Dante's darkly comic spoof brings home the weirdness to the supposedly safe American suburbs. Squeaky-clean couple Ray and Carol (Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher) don't know what to make of the new neighbors, Dr. Werner Klopek (Henry Gibson), Uncle Reuben (Brother Theodore) and Hans (Courtney Gains), whose unexplained nocturnal noise-making soon has the nosy neighborhood concerned about cannibal cults. With nice comic contributions from Bruce Dern as paranoid vet Lt. Rumsfield and Corey Feldman as excitable teenager Ricky.
DIR Joe Dante; SCR Dana Olsen; PROD Larry Brezner, Michael Finnell. US, 1989, color, 101 min, 35mm. RATED PG
Sun, Jul 27, 9:40; Thu, Jul 31, 9:00
Falling in between SUPERMAN and THE GOONIES, and before he launched the LETHAL WEAPON franchise, Richard Donner directed this epic fantasy adventure, less commercially successful but much loved by its ardent fans. Navarre (Rutger Hauer) and his lover Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer) have been cursed by the jealous (and sorcerous) Bishop (John Wood), he to roam as a wolf by night, she to soar as a hawk by day, the two never together in compatible form. Enlisting the skills of young thief Gaston (Matthew Broderick), recently escaped from the Bishop's castle, Navarre plans to break back into the castle in order to gain their freedom.
DIR/PROD Richard Donner; SCR Edward Khmara, Michael Thomas, Tom Mankiewicz, David Webb Peoples; PROD Lauren Shuler Donner. US, 1985, color, 121 min, 35mm. RATED PG-13
Fri, Aug 1, 7:15; Thu, Aug 7, 9:30
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
They're back from the grave and ready to party! "Brains...more brains!" Hapless warehouse employees release a toxic nerve gas from a canister containing a military experiment gone wrong, and soon have a reanimated cadaver on their hands. But their efforts to destroy the shambling threat make matters much worse, polluting the atmosphere and creating an acid rain that soon soaks...the graveyard. This cult classic from legendary screenwriter-turned-director Dan O'Bannon (ALIEN, TOTAL RECALL, DARK STAR) is overflowing with outlandish gore, eye-popping visuals and lots of laughs, set to a rockin' soundtrack featuring The Cramps, The Damned, Roky Erickson, T.S.O.L. and, fittingly, The Flesh Eaters. Co-starring Don Calfa and scream queen Linnea Quigley.
DIR/SCR Dan O'Bannon; PROD Tom Fox. US, 1985, color, 91 min, 35mm. RATED R
Fri, Aug 1, 9:45; Sat, Aug 2, 10:30
Little fellow Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) has greatness thrust upon him after he becomes the special protector of a child of prophecy, the baby Elora, sought by the evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh of UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS fame). The familiar fantasy terrain is given a good going-over, with the occasional wink, by director Ron Howard and executive producer George Lucas. Val Kilmer cuts a dashing figure as devil-may-care swordsman Madmartigan, with Joanne Whalley as his fiery redheaded foil, the maiden Sorsha (the two wed soon after filming).
DIR Ron Howard; SCR Bob Dolman, from a story by George Lucas; PROD Nigel Wooll. US, 1988, color, 126 min, DCP. RATED PG
Sun, Aug 3, 8:30; Thu, Aug 7, 7:00
"You can be my wingman any time!" 1986's box-office champ, an old-fashioned story of young combat pilot trainees prematurely going to battle, but tricked out with state-of-the-art tech credits and cartoony triumphalism, did double duty as an early vintage Bruckheimer/Simpson action spectacle and a feature-length recruiting video for the U.S. Air Force. Director Tony Scott deployed an array of dazzling, dizzying and dynamic visuals while ably guiding the appealing cast of "Maverick" Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and a pouting, preening Val Kilmer as "Iceman." Oscar winner for Best Song, "Take My Breath Away," performed by Berlin and penned by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock.
DIR Tony Scott; SCR Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr., from the article by Ehud Yonay; PROD Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson. US, 1986, color, 110 min, DCP. RATED PG
THE KING OF COMEDY
Mon, Aug 4, 9:30; Tue, Aug 5, 9:30
Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro), a 34-year-old NYC messenger who lives with his mother, has a dream: to do his standup routine on Jerry Langford's (Jerry Lewis) late night talk show and become recognized as a "king of comedy." Pursuit of his dream leads to what most people would call stalking; after joining forces with certifiably star-struck society girl Masha (Sandra Bernhard) the two go all in, kidnapping the late-night host in order to make their pitch. A horrifying and hilarious skewering of celebrity worship, highlighted by Lewis' serious, icy cold performance and Bernhard's deliriously over-the-top comedic turn.
DIR Martin Scorsese; SCR Paul D. Zimmerman; PROD Arnon Milchan. US, 1983, color, 109 min, DCP. RATED R
Sat, Aug 9, 4:00; Tue, Aug 12, 7:00; Thu, Aug 14, 7:00
Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) has enjoyed a long and lucrative reign as the champ, but gets knocked off his pedestal by upstart Clubber Lang (Mr. T). Now Rocky must work harder than ever if he has any hopes to regain the title, and turns to a surprising source to guide him in his training – his former rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
DIR/SCR Sylvester Stallone; PROD Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler. US, 1982, color, 100 min, 35mm. RATED PG
Sun, Aug 10, 7:45; Wed, Aug 13, 9:00
Manhattan yuppie Griffin Dunne takes a walk on the wild side – '80s SoHo! – in Martin Scorsese's cult classic black comedy. Looking for romance with an artist he's recently met (Rosanna Arquette), Dunne instead suffers one embarrassing mishap after another, all through the night. With Teri Garr, Linda Fiorentino, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Verna Bloom and Cheech and Chong.
DIR Martin Scorsese; SCR Joseph Minion; PROD Robert F. Colesberry, Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson. US, 1985, color, 97 min, 35mm. RATED R
Tue, Aug 12, 9:15; Thu, Aug 14, 9:15
The Coen brothers' uncommonly assured debut film was a bona fide indie hit – in fact, it helped define what an "indie hit" was. A Texas-set neo-noir full of grisly humor and a page or two stolen from the horror film playbook, the film features the Coens' first great screen villain in M. Emmet Walsh's Visser, a sleazy private eye hired by road house proprietor Dan Hedaya to catch his cheating wife, Frances McDormand. Greedy double-crossing and inventive plot-twisting lead to a memorably thrilling climax.
DIR/SCR/PROD Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. US, 1984, color, 99 min, Blu-ray. RATED R
CLASS OF 1984
Fri, Aug 15, 7:30; Wed, Aug 20, 9:30; Thu, Aug 21, 5:15
Los Angeles high school music teacher Perry King works hard to inspire his students, but his efforts are undermined by a gang of jaded punk rockers, who trash his taste and bully their fellow students about joining the band. Turns out gang leader Timothy Van Patten is a musical prodigy, but has chosen the dark side. Tensions between the teacher and rebellious students escalate into a deadly confrontation. A young Michael J. Fox has a memorable cameo in a cafeteria riot straight out of prison films. Soundtrack by Alice Cooper.
DIR/SCR Mark L. Lester; SCR John C. W. Saxton, Tom Holland; PROD Arthur Kent. Canada, 1982, color, 98 min, 35mm. RATED R
Sat, Aug 16, 11:30; Mon, Aug 18, 9:40
"I must break you." Robotic Soviet champ Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) puts a fatal beatdown on Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), sending Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) on a mission to Moscow to avenge his fallen comrade. During the opening fun and games, before anyone gets hurt, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, shocks and awes the Soviet super-pugilist with his funkiness, in a full-on Vegas razzle-dazzle performance of "Living in America" for Apollo's walk-in music.
DIR/SCR Sylvester Stallone; PROD Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler. US, 1985, color, 91 min, 35mm. RATED PG
Big-hearted policewoman Holly Hunter and reformed criminal Nicolas Cage make the perfect misfit couple, but no baby blesses their union. ("Her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.") The solution: redistribute one of the local celebrity quintuplets into their family. Quirkily comedic in the Preston Sturges mold and a left field hit, the film helped launch the careers of future Oscar® winners Cage and Hunter. John Goodman steals his scenes as Cage's ne'er-do-well brother, with family issues of his own.
DIR/SCR/PROD Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. US, 1987, color, 94 min, DCP. RATED PG-13
Sun, Aug 17, 8:45; Mon, Aug 18, 5:15; Wed, Aug 20, 5:15
Ralph Bakshi's pioneering rotoscoped animated film chronicles four generations in an American family, each of whom pursues a career making music, with equal parts success and failure. Russian Jew Zalmie emigrates to America and breaks into vaudeville, but an injury suffered in WWI puts an end to his singing. His son Benny plays jazz piano, but loses his life in WWII. Benny's son Tony falls under the spell of the Beats in San Francisco, later joining a psychedelic rock band. Finally in '80s-era New York, Tony takes in Pete, who dreams of becoming a rock musician, not realizing that Pete is in fact the son he fathered years ago.
DIR/PROD Ralph Bakshi; SCR Ronni Kern; PROD Martin Ransohoff. US, 1981, color, 96 min, DCP. RATED R
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS
Fri, Aug 22, 7:40; Mon, Aug 25, 9:10
Goth girl Angela (Amelia "Mimi" Kinkade) and her boy-crazy best friend Suzanne (Linnea Quigley) throw a Halloween party at Hull House, an abandoned funeral home rumored to be haunted. Bloodthirsty demons crash the party after the teens conduct a séance, leading to possession, mayhem and murder, including some eye-popping special effects by Steve Johnson (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, FRIGHT NIGHT, SPIDER- MAN 2). Kevin Tenney's gory, blackly comic cult classic boasts a multitude of memorable set pieces, highlighted by Kinkade – lead dancer in the Stray Cats' "Sexy and Seventeen" video – getting down to Bauhaus' "Stigmata Martyr."
DIR Kevin Tenney; SCR/PROD Joe Augustyn. US, 1988, color, 90 min, 35mm. RATED R
Sat, Aug 23, 11:00; Tue, Aug 26, 9:45
Classic 1980s kitsch, this wildly entertaining dystopic vision of a futuristic "1994" rivals ROCKY HORROR and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in the cult musical genre. Menahem Golan's trippy reinterpretation of the book of Genesis centers on Bibi (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Alphie (George Gilmour), two budding rockers who fall under the control of the wickedly evil record producer Mr. Boogalow (Vladek Sheybal). Featuring outlandish choreography from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE's Nigel Lythgoe and so-bad-they're-good songs from Israeli songwriters Coby and Iris Recht. (Note courtesy of Washington Jewish Film Festival.)
DIR/SCR/PROD Menahem Golan; PROD Yoram Globus. US/West Germany, 1980, color, 90 min, 35mm. RATED PG
FORBIDDEN ZONE–In Color!
Midnight movie madness doesn't get much crazier than this Elfman family mind-blower. Schoolgirl Frenchy Hercules (Marie-Pascale Elfman) discovers a portal to the Sixth Dimension in her family's basement, where she's claimed as the new concubine by King Fausto (Hervé Villechaize), despite the protestations of Queen Doris (Susan Tyrrell). Her family and friends make the journey to the Forbidden Zone to rescue her, and ultimately all is resolved with a big song-and-dance number. Music by Danny Elfman, who also plays Satan.
DIR/SCR/PROD Richard Elfman; SCR Matthew Bright, Nick L. Martinson, Nicholas James. US, 1980, color, 74 min, DCP. RATED R
Sat, Aug 30, 12 midnight; Sun, Aug 31, 9:30; Thu, Sep 4, 9:15
A strange mashup of teen exploitation movie and cautionary tale, this film is one part after-school special and two parts grindhouse titillation. Four teenage girls in the San Fernando Valley turn to drink, drugs and sexual promiscuity to deal with problematic home lives and their own personal anxieties. Jodie Foster gives a standout performance as the relatively grounded Jeanie, who has to look after her overworked mother (Sally Kellerman) as well as her troubled friends, especially druggy runaway Annie (the Runaways' Cherie Currie).
DIR Adrian Lyne; SCR/ PROD Gerald Ayres; PROD David Puttnam. US, 1980, color, 106 min, 35mm. RATED R
THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE
Sun, Aug 31, 7:20; Thu, Sep 4, 7:00
Martin Scorsese protégée Amy Holden Jones reportedly turned down an editing job on E.T. to produce and direct this low-budget slasher film for Roger Corman and New World Pictures, from a screenplay by feminist and author Rita Mae Brown (author of the 1973 landmark lesbian coming-of-ager "Rubyfruit Jungle," and more recently the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries, co-authored with her cat). Originally intended as a parody of the violent genre and its sexual politics, the film is actually one of the more devilishly creative efforts in the genre, delivering copious amounts of cheesy gore and teasing titillation alongside a higher quotient of humor.
DIR/PROD Amy Holden Jones; SCR Rita Mae Brown. US, 1982, color, 77 min, Blu-ray. RATED R
Sat, Sep 6, 11:00; Wed, Sep 10, 9:00
In the directorial debut of Robert Towne, the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of CHINATOWN, a love affair develops between Chris (Mariel Hemingway) and Tory (Patrice Donnelly), two female runners training for the 1980 Summer Olympics. The older Tory is secure in her identity, but the younger Chris has hang-ups, insecurities and doubts, and soon another relationship with the two women's male track coach, Terry (Scott Glenn). Will love finish last in this love triangle?
DIR/SCR/PROD Robert Towne. US, 1982, color, 124 min, 35mm. RATED R
DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS
Sun, Sep 7, 5:30; Thu, Sep 11, 9:15
Paul Mazursky's wicked farce, a remake of Jean Renoir's 1938 BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING, finds vagrant Nick Nolte face down in clothes-hanger king Richard Dreyfuss' Beverly Hills backyard swimming pool. After reviving the drowning man, Dreyfuss can only watch as the bum finagles his way into the household, charming his way into the hearts and beds of, first, Dreyfuss' wife Bette Midler and then his maid – and mistress – Elizabeth Peña. Little Richard has a featured role as the family's irritable neighbor.
DIR/SCR/PROD Paul Mazursky; SCR Leon Capetanos, from the play "Boudu sauvé des eaux" by René Fauchois. US, 1986, color, 103 min, 35mm. RATED R
Sun, Sep 7, 8:00; Mon, Sep 8, 7:00
Abel Ferrara's (BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK) 1981 revenge thriller classic follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund – who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City's entire male population. (Note courtesy of Drafthouse Films.)
DIR Abel Ferrara; SCR Nicholas St. John; PROD Rochelle Weisberg. US, 1981, color, 80 min, DCP. RATED R
Sat, Sep 13, 11:15; Wed, Sep 17, 9:00
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
Fans of Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry will thrill to this quirky, heartfelt fantasy from longtime SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE writer/director Tom Schiller. In the near dystopian future, overcrowded, traffic-clogged New York City is governed by the dictatorial Port Authority. Adam Beckett (Zack Galligan) is stuck directing traffic, but dreams of becoming an artist. Filmed in black-and-white, interspersed with classic silent film clips and with a supporting cast that includes Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sam Jaffe, and Lawrence Tierney, this quirky, heartfelt fantasy demands rediscovery.
DIR/SCR Tom Schiller; PROD Lorne Michaels. US, 1984, b&w/color, 82 min, 35mm. RATED PG
Sat, Sep 13, 9:30; Mon, Sep 15, 7:15
25th Anniversary! New DCP!
This throwback silent film, mostly forgotten since the late '80s, has been cited by THE ARTIST's Michel Hazanivicius as a major influence. On a rough spot of Sixth Avenue in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, near the Waverly Cinema (today's IFC Center), a struggling artist (writer/director/producer/star Charles Lane) gets by doing caricatures among other street artists, hustlers and legions of homeless, in stark contrast to the Wall Street types who occasionally pass by. After discovering a young tot (the filmmaker's real-life daughter), whose gambler father was knifed in an alley, the artist becomes her caregiver in this poignant '80s-era homage to Chaplin's THE KID. "Charming, Chaplinesque fantasy film that, in its own modest way, boldly comments on the plight of the homeless in America...Marc Marder's evocative score adds immeasurably to the film's mood. Don't miss this sweet, gentle sleeper." –Leonard Maltin.
DIR/SCR/ PROD Charles Lane; PROD Howard M. Brickner. US, 1989, b&w, 97 min, DCP. RATED R
DOWN BY LAW
Sun, Sep 14, 5:00; Mon, Sep 15, 9:00
A postmodern Marx brothers jailbreak set in the Louisiana Bayou (or as frequent Jim Jarmusch collaborator Tom Waits later described it, "a Russian neofugitive episode of THE HONEYMOONERS"). Slick pimp John Lurie and gravel-voiced disc jockey Waits are cellmates doing time for crimes they didn't commit. Joining up with Roberto Benigni, whose limited command of English accentuates his frenetic gifts as a physical comedian, they go on the lam. Robby Mueller's high-contrast black-and-white cinematography imbues the swamps with an otherworldly quality – proof of Benigni's observation that "it's a sad and beautiful world."
DIR/SCR Jim Jarmusch; PROD Alan Kleinberg. US, 1986, b&w, 107 min, 35mm. RATED R
Sun, Sep 14, 7:00; Tue, Sep 16, 9:20