Happy birthday to us! Railroad Square turns 40 years old on October 5 and we are throwing ourselves a big bash to celebrate! There’ll be all kinds of fun, art, free popcorn, and of course, MOVIES! We’ll celebrate the day with the first two films screened at the theater in October 1978, as well as a rough-cut premiere of director Michael McDade’s brand new documentary about Railroad Square Cinema. Join the celebration—and the start of our NEXT 40 years!
4:00 SEVEN BEAUTIES—New DCP restoration!
Italian director Lina Wertmüller, whose SWEPT AWAY was one of the biggest arthouse hits of the mid ‘70s, reached even greater critical success with her wildly original SEVEN BEAUTIES, with an unprecedented four Oscar nominations including Best Actor—and making Wertmüller the first woman EVER to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar! A kind of Pilgrim’s Non-progress following 1940s-era small-time, big-eyed schemer Pasqualino from the streets of Naples to a German concentration camp presided over by a female comandante, SEVEN BEAUTIES is “at once ruthless, sadistic and cynical—it’s also very funny, using its black comedy trappings to unearth laughs where none should exist” (Creative Loafing); “one of the great films in the canon of cinema and deserves all the accolades it received upon release, and now” (Bill Ginron, DVD/Talk). In Italian and German with English subtitles. R. 115 Min.
6:30 First look at a new film about Railroad Square Cinema by Director Michael McDade (Free admission!)
Railroad Square Cinema founders Ken Eisen, Alan Sanborn, Lea Girardin, Gail Chase and Stu Silverstein will join us after the screening for a Q&A!
7:30 CASABLANCA—DCP print!
“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!” And so, with the nonpareil 1942 masterpiece starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Railroad Square got started in style! In this new 2K DCP print, the exotic world of Casablanca, Morocco was the home of Bogart, cynical proprietor of Rick’s Café American, who falls in love with Bergman’s refugee, married to a resistance leader—but in love with Rick. Full of intrigue, suspense, romance, humor and genuine idealism (and some of the greatest movie lines ever written!) Casablanca is, in many ways, the film that defines both Hollywood and this country at their historic—and mythic—best. PG. 102 Min.