Heights Theater

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LITTLE WOMEN

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Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig's take, the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on her own terms -- is both timeless and timely.

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CHEAP, MEAN, & DEADLY: NOIR FROM POVERTY ROW

DETOUR

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Arguably the greatest of Poverty Row's many crime films, Detour is one of the most efficient, nasty, and damnably fatalistic noirs ever. Piano player Al Roberts (Tom Neal) hitchhikes from New York to Los Angeles to follow his sweetheart, but ends up in the car of a dead man. Trying to escape his fate, he picks up femme fatale, the blistering Vera (Ann Savage), as crass and vengeful a human being as has every hit the silver screen. Detour's ending is the stuff of nightmares, and Ulmer's direction, coupled with Neal's blunt delivery and Savage's grating charm, makes this one a classic. Originally released by Producers Releasing Corporation.

Presented by The Heights Theater and the Trylon Cinema

DCP courtesy Janus Films.


CHEAP, MEAN, & DEADLY: NOIR FROM POVERTY ROW

MOONRISE

Feb. 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Danny Hawkins has a chip on his shoulder. His father was a murderer who hung for his crimes, and for his son's whole life he has had to try and prove he's not a bad apple, ignoring the taunts and side-glances that are bringing him to a slow boil. And when the town bully is mysteriously killed, everyone knows who to blame... and like his father, Danny is now a hunted man. Featuring an almost unbearably tense performance by Dane Clark as Danny, and brilliantly moody direction from the underrated Frank Borzage, Moonrise finds tiny shards of hope in its bleak hellscape. Originally released by Republic Pictures.

Presented by The Heights Theater and the Trylon Cinema

35mm print courtesy The UCLA Film & Television Archive and Paramount Pictures.


HEIGHTS VALENTINE'S WEEK EVENT

MOULIN ROUGE

Feb. 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Loosely based on an Alexandre Dumas novel, inspired by Bollywood and featuring music from Madonna, Cole Porter, Nirvana, David Bowie, Elton John, Labelle, Moulin Rouge! is like no music before or since, an instant classic that has delighted--and confounded--critics and audiences since its arrival in 2001. The story of an English poet at the turn of the last century, slumming in Paris (Ewan McGregor) and trying to write, who falls in with the bohemians... and falls madly in love with the star courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, Satine (Nicole Kidman). This kaleidoscopic fantasy was a box office smash, nominated for eight Academy Awards, and comes to us in a brilliant 35mm print from a private archive. Don't miss this rare screening.


CHEAP, MEAN, & DEADLY: NOIR FROM POVERTY ROW

STRANGE ILLUSION

Feb. 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

A young man dreams of his father's death, and of a psychopath come to woo his widowed mother... and it all comes true! Weaving in and out of mansions and sanitoriums, Strange Illusion is noir crossed with the supernatural, Shakespeare boxing Dashiell Hammett with the winner taking on Sigmund Freud, so much plot in its 80 minutes it's almost daring the big studios to outdo it (or you to ever forget it.) Poverty Row through-and-through, this one's a doozy. Originally released by Producers Releasing Corporation.

Presented by The Heights Theater and the Trylon Cinema

35mm print courtesy The UCLA Film & Television Archive.


CHEAP, MEAN, & DEADLY: NOIR FROM POVERTY ROW

HOLLOW TRIUMPH

Feb. 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

When a casino heist goes sour, mastermind John Muller (Paul Henreid) has to get out of town quick, as the crime boss who owns the place wants torturous revenge. While in hiding our man discovers an unwitting dentist who looks just like him, so Mr. Muller kills one Dr. Bartok... only to discover the tooth grinder wasn't exactly a model citizen. Henreid, most famous for Casablanca, played against type in this complex and disturbing noir where no one is innocent, and past secrets have a way of turning deadly. Originally released by Eagle-Lion Films.

Presented by The Heights Theater and the Trylon Cinema

35mm print courtesy The UCLA Film & Television Archive.


CHEAP, MEAN, & DEADLY: NOIR FROM POVERTY ROW

T-MEN

Feb. 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Considered one of the finest of the "docu-noirs" that captured Hollywood's imagination in the 40s,T-Men is the ostensibly true story of a pair of Treasury agents who race from Detroit to Los Angeles to stop a murderous counterfeiting ring. Featuring two of Poverty Row's bluntest actors in Dennis O'Keefe and Alfred Ryder (who are perfect as the cops whose dogged pursuit of the bad guys veers ever so close to brutality), the real star of the film is cinematographer John Alton, whose work in noir is unparalleled. Originally released by Eagle-Lion Films

Presented by The Heights Theater and the Trylon Cinema

35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress.


CHEAP, MEAN, & DEADLY: NOIR FROM POVERTY ROW

RAW DEAL

March 5, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Gangland boss Rick Coyle (a seething Raymond Burr) tries to get career criminal Joe Sullivan (Danny O'Keefe) busted out of prison, hoping the jailbird will be killed in the process (to avoiding paying him the $50,000 he's owed.) But if you're going to double-cross Joe Sullivan, you better make sure he's dead, because there's no force in nature that'll stop him from his bloody payback. What should've been a typical revenge noir is also a stunning love triangle between Joe, his girlfriend, Pat, and his case worker (!), Ann, not to mention a superbly entertaining crime drama. Originally released by Eagle-Lion Films.

Presented by The Heights Theater and the Trylon Cinema

35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress.


MEL BROOKS WILL NOT DIE!

THE PRODUCERS

March 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

So controversial no studio wanted to touch it, Brooks' early masterpiece is a riot of song, dance, ridiculous dialogue and... Nazis. Failed producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) wants to bilk oversexed old ladies out of millions by producing the surefire flop "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden" with his nervous accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder). But when the thing proves to be a hit, our heroes are in big trouble! Offensive and hilarious, The Producers was a hit for Brooks, who took home his one and only Academy Award for its screenplay.

DCP courtesy Rialto Pictures.


MEL BROOKS WILL NOT DIE!

BLAZING SADDLES

March 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

An outrageous comedy that sends up Westerns, politicians, racists, sex... you name it, Blazing Saddles skewers it. Through a series of complex mechanisms, Bart (Cleavon Little), a black sheriff, is set up to take a fall when a railroad baron wants to buy up an entire town. A stellar cast was supported by Brooks' incredible script (written with Richard Pryor), and became the biggest box office film of the year. Brooks said: "I wrote berserk, heartfelt stuff about white corruption and racism and Bible-thumping bigotry. Blazing Saddles just got everything out of me--all of my furor, my frenzy, my insanity, my love of life and hatred of death."

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


MEL BROOKS WILL NOT DIE!

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

March 26, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

1974 proved to be Mel Brooks' finest year, when his two masterpieces, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, were the top and fourth-highest grossing films of the year. But Young Frankenstein is a rarity: filmed in gorgeous black-and-white, and featuring a cast that could nimbly jump between comedy and pathos, Brooks' great send-up of Universal horror films is also a touching motion picture. Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle are perfect as master and monster, and Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, and Teri Garr helping round out a brilliant cast.

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures.


THE HITCHCOCK FILM FESTIVAL

"VERTIGO" IN 70MM

April 16, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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70MM PRESENTATION

You have not seen VERTIGO until you have seen it in 70mm!

Soon after his early retirement, Scottie Ferguson (Stewart) is hired by a former college acquaintance to investigate the strange behavior of his wife, Madeleine (Novak). Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, this masterpiece of identity and obsession is even more engrossing in a lush 70mm presentation.

Presented by the Trylon Cinema and The Heights Theater

70mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


THE HITCHCOCK FILM FESTIVAL

THE WRONG MAN

April 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Manny (Henry Fonda) is not a rich man, so when his wife (Vera Miles) needs dental work, he goes to his life insurance company to borrow on the policy. There, confused employees identify him as a man who had twice held them up, and in no time Manny is plunged into a nightmare that sees him sent to Sing Sing. Based on a true story, and perhaps the most direct expression of Hitchcock's desperate fear of being arrested, The Wrong Man is at once thrilling, despairing, and ultimately hopeful.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


THE HITCHCOCK FILM FESTIVAL

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

April 30, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Two men, each needing a certain someone out of their lives, meet on a train. The first, Guy, a tennis pro, is thinking of the easy divorce he knows will never come. The second, Bruno, a playboy obsessed with his mother, would like his father gone, as in, dead. But Bruno's got a plan, and with that Hitchcock launches this most wicked of films. Based on the acclaimed novel by Patricia Highsmith.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.