Heights Theater

The Twin Cities classic cinema experience

Established 1926

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STARTS FRIDAY MAY 17

CHALLENGERS

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From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist - West Side Story), Tashi's strategy for her husband's redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O'Connor - The Crown) - his former best friend and Tashi's former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.

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KEANU'S 60!?!

THE MATRIX

May 23, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Thomas Anderson (Keanu) is a bored computer programmer who goes by Neo when he's hacking. When a group of federal agents appears at his workplace, he flees, aided by Trinity (Carrie Ann-Moss), who takes him to visit Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who gives our man a choice: take a red pill to see the Matrix as it is, or a blue one to return him to his life as he knows it. Needless to say, Neo joins Morpheus and enters into a revolutionary world that is Alice in Wonderland as Cyberpunk dystopia with a lot of martial arts thrown in. This genre- and gender-bending sci-fi masterpiece took the world by storm, it cemented Keanu as an action superstar, and its incredible effects changed filmmaking forever.

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

70TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

REAR WINDOW

May 27, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Jeffries (James Stewart), a prize-winning photographer, has a broken leg, and sits sweating out his days spying on the neighbors from his cramped apartment. At first aghast at his pursuits, girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) eventually join him as he uncovers--or thinks he uncovers--a murder. This classic is at once sexy, thrilling, hilarious, and one of the most entertaining pictures the Master ever gave us.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

BULLITT

May 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Steve McQueen was never better than in this iconic 1960s cop film that was the very definition of cool. Tasked with protecting a witness from the mob, pressured by a powerful Congressman, Bullitt (McQueen) tries to keep it all under control. But when he's double-crossed and the witness is murdered, Bullitt pretends the witness survived, and has the body kept under wraps in the hopes of flushing out the killers. McQueen produced this film and changed the lead detective from a frumpled cop into a fashionably dressed man-about-town, a jazz-loving hipster with a stunning girlfriend (Jacqueline Bisset), and whose quiet manner radiated confident masculinity. Featuring one of, if not the best, car chase scenes ever, BULLITT should be enjoyed on the big screen.

DCP - Warner Bros.


STARTS FRIDAY MAY 31ST

SUMMER CAMP

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Summer Camp tells the story of Nora (Keaton), Ginny (Bates), and Mary (Woodard), who have been best friends since being inseparable at summer camp. As the years have passed, they have seen each other less and less, so when the chance to reunite for a summer camp reunion arises, they all take it, some begrudgingly and others excitedly. Each of their lives might not be where they had imagined, but one thing is for sure - Nora, Ginny, and Mary need each other, and summer camp reminds them why.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

LAUREL & HARDY COMEDY FESTIVAL

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BONUS SCREENING ADDED AT 4:00PM, our 1:00pm screening is sold out!

NEW DIGITAL RESTORATIONS!

The enormously popular LAUREL AND HARDY FESTIVAL returns! This year we're screening the classic 1936 feature OUR RELATIONS, in which Stan and Ollie discover their identical twins, long thought dead, are actually sailors who have come to port in their hometown. What could go wrong? Thankfully, everything, in one of the duo's most hilarious movies. With the short film "TWICE TWO".

DCP - Jeff Joseph


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

75TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

THE THIRD MAN

June 3, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Written by Graham Greene, and starring Joseph Cotten, Aida Valli, and of course Orson Welles as Harry Lime, The Third Man is a classic espionage film that also undermines the trope of the American sleuth solving the crime and winning the love of the femme fatale. A gorgeous, thrilling and melancholy film, The Third Man has influenced countless other films through the decades.

DCP - Rialto Pictures


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

THE GETAWAY

June 6, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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McQueen is D McCoy, a criminal mastermind four years into a ten-year sentence. When his wife, Carol (Ali McGraw), visits, he tells her to do what she can to get him sprung - so she agrees to get Doc to help with a half-million-dollar heist organized by corrupt businessman (and parole board member) Jack Beynon (Ben Johnson). Nothing goes as planned, the bodies fall, and Doc and Carol make a beeline for Mexico to save their skins. Director Sam Peckinpah captured the intense chemistry of real-life couple McQueen and McGraw all the while keeping the stunning brutality of Jim Thompson's source novel.

DCP - Warner Bros.


ARTIE SHAW: TIME IS ALL YOU'VE GOT

June 10, 2024, 7 p.m.
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Director BRIGITTE BERMAN in person, Q & A to follow screening! New 4K restoration!

"Beware of what you wish for - you may be so unfortunate as to get it." - Artie Shaw. This critically acclaimed documentary - newly restored - tells the story of Artie Shaw, legendary jazz clarinetist, with interviews of the 75-year-old about his life. Born in 1910 in New York City, Shaw leaves home to tour as a musician at the age of 16 and slowly rises to national prominence, becoming as famous for his eight marriages as for his musical skill, which earns him comparisons to Benny Goodman. Shaw discusses his musical and cinematic career, his retirement in 1954 and his many interests, from writing to fishing.

DCP - Rialto Pictures.


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

June 13, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Thomas Crown (McQueen) is probably the coolest millionaire ever. Suave, a sportsman and man-about-town, he's also the brains behind a stunning heist that nets him and his compatriots (who never discover their leader) a sweet couple million. Enter Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway), a sharp insurance investigator hungry for the 10% commission to bring the culprits to justice. When she meets Crown, sparks fly and soon Vicki begins to question her motives. THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR was a massive hit, which, along with BULLITT that same year, cemented McQueen's status as the king of the box office.

DCP - Park Circus


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

85TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

THE WIZARD OF OZ in 35MM TECHNICOLOR

June 17, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM TECHNICOLOR DYE-TRANSFER PRINT!!

One of the greatest motion pictures of all-time is one of our most popular events and sells out year after year. As always, we're screening the rare 35mm Technicolor Dye Transfer print, whose astounding colors must be seen to be believed. Has there ever been a more essential piece of movie magic than the journey of Dorothy and Toto? Never. And the lush Technicolor makes the colors so rich it's like seeing a painting.

Want to know more about the Technicolor Dye-Transfer process Click here.


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

THE GREAT ESCAPE

June 20, 2024, 7 p.m.
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1942, behind enemy lines. A cunning group of Allied POWs have escaped from camps one too many times, and so they're rounded up and kept under lock and key by the brutal Colonel von Luger, who threatens instant death for anyone who dares try again. Does that stop them? What do you think? Despite being a star-studded ensemble picture, Steve McQueen steals the film as Captain Virgil Hilt, the irreverent American who loves motorcycles.

DCP - Park Circus


McQUEEN MEANS COOL!

ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD in 35MM

June 27, 2024, 7 p.m.
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We're bringing back this ode to late 60s Hollywood on glorious 35mm, just as it should be seen, and just to highlight Damian Lewis' brief but memorable turn as Steve McQueen. The story of Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth's (Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, whose chemistry is amazing) attempts to revive Dalton's flagging career is really an excuse to pay homage to the Southern California world that Quentin Tarantino loved, and so do we.

35mm print - Sony Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

95TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

PANDORA'S BOX

June 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION!

Lulu is a reckless young woman, the mistress of the respectable publisher, Ludwig, but very willing to have more men on the side - including Ludwig's attractive son, Alwa. Later, after she drives Ludwig's fiance away, he kills himself - and then Lulu pounces on his son. And now she beings her stunning descent, dragging Alwa with her in this devastating portrait of a young woman caught up in the ribald insanity of Weimar Germany. Louis Brooks is astonishing as Lulu, giving what many consider the greatest of all silent film performances.

DCP - Janus Films.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

July 1, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Originally planned by United Artists to be a quickie B movie to cash in on The Beatles popularity. A Hard Days Night emerged as a boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashing the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members. Maybe one of the greatest rock and roll movies ever made?

DCP - Janus Films.


LIZ GOES BOOM!

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

July 3, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Adapted from a play considered so shocking it could never be filmed, starring the ravishing Taylor deliberately made up to be frumpy and unappealing, and helmed by a young Broadway director making his cinema debut, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? was thought to be a sure disaster. And, in a sense, it was--onscreen, that is, capturing perfectly the trainwreck of a marriage between Martha and George and the chaos of American life in one fell swoop. One of the most combative films in movie history, WOOLF features two of the greatest performances ever by Elizabeth Taylor (who won an Oscar) and Richard Burton (who didn't, but should have). Often overlooked are the amazing performances by Sandy Dennis (who won Best Supporting Actress) and George Segal (also nominated).


LIZ GOES BOOM!

THE DRIVER'S SEAT (IDENTIKIT)

July 11, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Lise has got problems. She abandons her home in northern Europe and heads to Rome for reasons unknown, where she wanders the city, slowly, slowly, slowly becoming more unhinged. She's seeking just the right man, the one who will help her meet the fate she has so long desired. Reeling from her divorce from Richard Burton, Taylor sought out this story, from a novel by Muriel Spark, and threw every emotion into her performance, which is truly astonishing. Never before screened in Minnesota, THE DRIVER'S SEAT should not be missed.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

July 15, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Romance! Intrigue! Politics! Is this the epic NAPOLEON? NO! It's the epically weird NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, unleashed on American audiences 20 years ago! Napoleon is a bumbling 16-year-old trying to endure high school in rural Idaho with his best friends Deb and Pedro. Learning to dance, falling in love, helping his friend win a school election, and even impressive horsemanship make Napoleon Dynamite one of the great heroes of the 21st Century.

DCP - Walt Disney Company


LIZ GOES BOOM!

REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE

July 18, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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We will be screening John Huston's original sepia tinted color print of REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE, which is the way he intended it to be seen

On a U. S. Army post in the South, Major Weldon Penderton (Marlon Brando) and his wife Leonora (Taylor) are having troubles. He's always on edge, seemingly coming to a fine point while his wife, the daughter of a general, openly scornes him. Enter Private L.G. Williams (Robert Forster) a handsome and very strange man (read: he rides horses in the nude) who pushes Major Pemberton past his breaking point. John Huston's very bizarre film is a stifling tale of oppressed and beautiful people wrecked by expectations. Based on the equally strange novel by Carson McCullers.


85TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

GONE WITH THE WIND

July 21, 2024, 1 p.m.
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GONE WITH THE WIND is many things, the most epic of Hollywood films, arguably the most popular film ever released, and finally, an inaccurate fantasy of the Old South and the "Noble cause" of the Civil War. The enormously popular novel was bought by David O. Selznick, who almost literally moved heaven, and definitely moved earth, to bring the story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, and their tempestuous love affair during the Civil War, to the silver screen. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable were the iconic stars, forever cementing their place in cinema's firmament, and the film went on to win a then record 10 Academy Awards, and break every box office record, which still stands when adjusted for inflation. If you love GWTW, you will not want to miss this epic on the big screen!

DCP - Warner Bros.


LIZ GOES BOOM!

SECRET CEREMONY

July 25, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Leonora (Taylor) is a prostitute whose only daughter has drowned. Returning from the cemetery on a bus, she encounters Cenci (Mia Farrow) a willowy young girl who mistakes Leonora for her own mother, also dead. Soon, Leonora begins to assume the role of Cenci's mother, until Albert (Robert Mitchum), the girl's stepfather, enters the scene with some very unsettling ideas. The first of Taylor's collaborations with director Joseph Losey, SECRET CEREMONY is a movie so darned creepy we should be showing it over Halloween.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

70TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

GODZILLA

July 29, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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We will be screening the original 1954 Japanese version, not the edited 1956 American release.

When a Japanese freighter is mysteriously destroyed off Odo Island, and the fishing there is suddenly reduced to nothing, the islanders demand an explanation. When it comes, it's a doozy...Godzilla, an ancient sea creature, awoken by underwater hydrogen bomb testing. He's mad, he's got all the power of a nuclear bomb, and he's ready to kick butt. Ishiro Honda's GODZILLA became an instant international masterpiece, spawning an enormous franchise that exists to this day. Don't miss the stunning original, unlike any of its newer incarnations.

In Japanese with English subtitles

DCP - Janus films.


LIZ GOES BOOM!

BOOM!

July 31, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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BOOM! We have to open this description by pointing out that BOOM! is John Waters' favorite movie, one that he adores so much he shows it to first dates and won't continue the evening if they hate it. "The greatest failed art movie ever," he has said, with adoration. BOOM! is the story of Sissy Goforth (Taylor), an actress sequestered on a strange Mediterranean island, where she barks out her memoirs to a scared secretary. Soon, she's visited by Christopher Flanders (Richard Burton), a poet and, basically, the angel of death. Also visiting are Noel Coward, who plays the Witch of Capri, who likes to dine on small sea monsters. BOOM! has so much going for it: director Joseph Losey's lush and swooping camerawork, a bizarre and gorgeous set built by Universal on the Isola de Presa, the wacked-out script from a disastrous Tennessee Williams play, and Liz's costumes that make her look as radiant as the Mediterranean sun, not to mention her over-the-top performance. We love this movie, and think you will, too.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

Aug. 12, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Before Star Wars, George Lucas tapped into a beleaguered America's urge for a more innocent time with American Graffiti. This warm and hilarious coming of age comedy invokes the music and the memories of falling in love and cruising Main Street in 1962.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

65TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

IMITATION OF LIFE (1959)

Aug. 26, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Douglas Sirk's Hollywood swan song is also rightfully regarded as his masterpiece, and a cutting indictment of racial and sexual mores that was years ahead of its time. The story of two women, Lora (Lana Turner), who seeks Broadway success, and her housekeeper Annie (Juanita Moore), who wants nothing more than love and security, IMITATION OF LIFE peels away the shiny veneer of the American Dream to reveal a heartless landscape of loneliness and discrimination.

DCP - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Sept. 16, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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A drab hotel owned by the charming Zero Moustafa is the basis for this story-within-a-story, as the older Zero recounts his life to a mysterious Author. The Grand Budapest Hotel, high in the mountains of Zubrowka, is the backdrop for the story of the great concierge Gustave H. Gustave ran a tight ship, and on this side seduced the old women of the hotel, one of whom may or may not have left him a priceless painting in her will. But her evil son doesn't like this, and so heists, romance, jailbreak, and other unbelievable plot twists, played by one of the most star-studded casts in modern cinema, make The Grand Budapest Hotel Anderson's most ambitious and successful film (by far). Nominated for nine and winner of four Academy Awards.

DCP - Walt Disney Co.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

105TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

DIE PUPPE - THE DOLL

Sept. 29, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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With live accompaniment by Jackie Beckey.

When Lancelot, the nephew of the Baron of Chanterelle, is told by his uncle that he must marry, he balks. He is not in the least bit interested in having little Lancelots running underfoot, and so when the Baron puts out a reward to local maidens to wed his nephew, the poor fellow flees! But then he gets an idea...in the forest lives a man whose mechanical dolls are so true to life they fool everyone. He'll marry one of them. But when the dollmaker's daughter falls for the timid Lancelot, she switches places with his doll of choice, with hilarious, and sexy, results. Ernst Lubitsch's THE DOLL (DIE PUPPE) is one of the funniest sex comedies ever made, a riotous look at love and marriage, and one of the director's most sophisticated films.

Presented in Partnership with Archives on Screen Twin Cities and Syncopated Silents


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

80TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE on 35MM

Sept. 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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One of the most beloved dark comedies returns to the Heights! When Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) returns to his Brooklyn home to show off his new wife to his spinster aunts and oddball uncle, he figures nothing can go wrong, right? But when Mortimer's psychopathic brother shows up with a doctor (who just happens to be Peter Lorre) the body count rises and the laughs never cease.

35mm print - Park Circus.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

50TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

THE WICKER MAN

Oct. 14, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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A young girl has disappeared on the island of Summerisle, and Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) is sent to investigate. There, no one admits the girl ever existed, and worse, to the very conservative Sgt. Howie, the islanders engage in ritual paganism. But as his investigation widens, Sgt. Howie uncovers shocking truths about the islanders and their very charismatic leader, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). Derided upon its original release and then vanished, THE WICKER MAN almost immediately became a cult hit, and is one of the most disturbing and original horror films ever made.

DCP - Rialto Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

80TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

THE UNINVITED on 35MM

Oct. 28, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Brother and sister Rick and Patricia purchase Windward House, in Cornwall, England, as the perfect retreat where Rick can compose his music. But the house sold cheap, due to rumors that the woman who committed suicide within its boundaries still haunts it to this day. This moody and influential film--thought by some to be the first ghost film in which the ghosts are real creatures, not tricks--is at once despairing and frightening. Considered by Martin Scorsese and Guillermo del Toro to be one of the most frightening films of all time, The Uninvited is not to be missed.

35mm print - Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

THE SHINING

Oct. 30, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Arguably Kubrick's best, and perhaps most personal film, The Shining has influenced scores of horror films, and its technical achievements with the Steadicam changed cinema forever. The story of writer Jack Torrence, whose personal demons collide with the haunted Overlook Hotel, which he and his family have been hired to occupy over the winter, is at once a mind-bending trip and a terrifying, and moving, destruction of a man's world. So bizarre it has spawned countless conspiracy theories, including explaining the moon landing, The Shining can be watched, interpreted and reinterpreted numerous times.

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Nov. 4, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Singin' In the Rain is one of our most popular events and sells out year after year! Considered by many to be one of the greatest screen musicals of all time, Singin' in the Rain is also a hilarious look at the chaos and turmoil that the switch from silents to talkies cast upon Hollywood in the late 1920's. Plus all that glorious TECHNICOLOR!

DCP - Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2024 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.

DR. STRANGELOVE on 35MM

Nov. 7, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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A scathing satire on the Cold War, Dr. Strangelove is also Stanley Kubrick's love-letter to the manic comic stylings of Peter Sellers. But Sellers isn't alone (even though he plays three roles): George C. Scott, Slim Pickins, Keenan Wynn, and Sterling Hayden all play against type and are absolutely hilarious.

35mm print - Sony Pictures.


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MUNCHHAUSEN

Nov. 11, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
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Germany's answer to THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, the lush Agfacolor extravaganza, MUNCHHAUSEN stars Hans Albers as the incredible lying hero, a man who has seemingly lived for over two centuries, and whose tall tales stretch the imagination (and the special effects budget). Filmed in wartime Germany to celebrate the famous UFA studios 25th anniversary, and meant to compete with Hollywood and divert the public from the war, MUNCHHAUSEN is an impressive adult fairytale replete with nudity and ribald jokes, scripted by banned writer Erich Kaster (who worked under a pseudonym) and starring Albers, one of the biggest stars of wartime Germany. MUNCHHAUSEN has gone on to become a post-war classic, rarely seen in Minnesota.

DCP - Kino Lorber and the F. W. Murnau Foundation.