Retro Film Series - 20th Anniversary
About the Retro Film Series
(Horror, Fantasy, and Science-Fiction from 1920-1999)
Genre movies should be fun to watch, plain and simple. For that, they need to have all the other ingredients of a good movie. A compelling story to pull us in. Intriguing characters whose fate we must know, and movie makers who respect their audience and have something to say. Just when we think we have the plot all figured out, a good genre movie throws us for a loop and leaves us gasping. A new revelation is exposed, with startling implications. Or a character is not what he or she appears to be. Even directors whom aren’t really considered as genre directors have contributed some of their best work in the form of the genre movie. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Steven Spielberg’s Jaws are not only some of the best genre films ever made, but also some of the best movies ever made, period.
(Dramas, War, Westerns, and Action-Adventure from 1920-1999)
Some of the best movies ever made don’t contain a single moment of special effects. It’s all about a good story that can make you think, reflect, feel, and react emotionally. If the movie doesn’t have a juicy, complex, emotional, heart-wrenching, personal, intelligent, connectable theme for the audience, it’s dead in the water. The human adventure has illuminated films that sometimes make us laugh, tremble or nod in recognition. Whether set in the Old West, a deserted island with ten strangers, or a simple Chicago suburb, there’s something commercial about these films; something that connects instead of detracts. And this is what a good dramatic movie should do.
(Comedies, Musicals, Cult and Animation from 1920-1999)
The old adage is true: Drama is easy, but comedy is hard. Moviegoers love to laugh, but not everyone has the same sense of humor. Not everyone likes it when someone bursts into song in front of them, either. A good comedy or musical has characters people can relate to and come off as genuine. They can range from the light-hearted satires to the absurd. While comedies can gain material from serious life situations, most end happily and resolve any conflicts that arise throughout the film. What’s the purpose of this series? To leave the theatre feeling happy.
(Crime-Thrillers, Potboilers, and Melodramas from 1920-1999)
Film Noir means "dark movie, indicating a sense of something sinister and shadowy, but also expressing a style of cinematography, and with a dark twisted wit. Often adaptations of American crime novels, the classic era of film noir dates between the early 1940s and the late 1950s and contains roughly 300 or so movies in its canon. So, brace yourself. Here enters the private detective---a scarred, brooding fella who for his considerable flaws is sympathetic. And the ladies? They're brazen, sexual femme fatales, more often than not smarter, and more powerful, than the guys. Later editions will explore "Neo-noir" (Body Heat, LA Confidential), but this season will focus mainly on classic films with dark, pessimistic themes and alienated antiheroes, rain slicked streets, dark shadows and seductive dames. If you like your films hard-boiled, this is the series you've been searching for.
Special Thanks January-June 2019 to Waheeda Ali, 20th Century Fox Repertory, Bret Berg, American Genre Film Archive, Liam Berney, Universal Pictures Repertory, Chris Chouinard, Park Circus Repertory, Ben Crossley-Marra, Janus Films, Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto Pictures, Jack Durwood, Paramount Pictures Repertory, Kevin Gardner, Lionsgate Repertory, Tiffany Greenwood, Swank Motion Picture Repertory, Jonathan Hertzberg, Kino Lorber Repertory, Dave Jennings, Sony Pictures Repertory, Ryan Kane, GKIDS, Sharon Lester, Rainbow Releasing, Tracey O’Brien, Criterion Pictures, Wyatt Ollestad, MPI Media, Carter Rummage, Lionsgate Pictures, David Szulkin, Grindhouse Releasing, Clemence Taillandier, Film Movement, and Imani Wilkinson, Warner Brothers Repertory.
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Sunday, May 26
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Tickets for Retro Film Series double features for July through December 2018 are $9.50. Retro Passes for July through December 2018 are $80. Films are not sold individually. Retro passes are available at the beginning of each new season. New seasons begin each January and July.
Tickets and passes for the July-December 2018 series are on sale on now. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office; Retro passes can only be purchased at the box office. The Retro Pass is $80 and is good for all Retrofantasma, RetroClassics, RetroTreasures and Retro Noir series from July through December 2018. Retro passes do not include RetroEpics, Mystery Realm or Splatterflix.