RetroArthouse & Epics Film Series

RetroArthouse & Epics

RetroArthouse & Epics 

RetroArthouse and RetroEpics have been merged into one three-day weekend series this year.

(Rare, Obscure, and Longer-running films from 1920-1998)

Epic Movies are movie movies. These movies are what make Hollywood Hollywood. These movies are so big they need italic emphasis. They can’t even be described with sentences that don't end in an exclamation mark! We’re talking about movies with grand stories that justify their three-hour running lengths, and sometimes more. Even their poster art is epic! As screenwriter Randall Wallace once wrote, “To qualify as epic, a story must have the universality of myth, the enchantment of saga. So an epic is more than a cracking good tale; it tells us something we'll always remember; it makes us walk out of a theater and whisper into our own hearts, "I'm changed."’

What is RetroEpics?

What is an epic movie, you ask? They're movies that both knock you for a loop and open up space in your mind that you never knew needed light.  I'm talking about movies with grand stories that justify their three-hour runnning lengths, and sometimes more. Seeing an epic movie in a real theater with a real audience and the smell of popcorn is an inescapable part of that experience. I have caught some of these films on TV, and they're okay that way, but when a movie is taking flight I want to see the audience buckling their seatbelts. Here's a collection of epics that deserve to be seen in a widescreen format. With each new season, I try to program unique films from different genres: Western, War, Musical, Sci-Fi, Historical Comedy, etc. I also attempt to expand the program's breadth beyond just "American" titles.  Serious effort has been made to not always pick the obvious movies like Gone With the Wind or The Bridge Over the River Kwai, but you're the judge of whether or not I succeeded. (The dirty jobs alway fall on the programmer.) Pay your admission at the gate and throw yourself into this new flight like famished beggars at the feast. Indulge. The movie gods may think a little more of you.

Jim Carl, Senior Director




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