Nominated for Best Foreign Film, “Footnote” plays for 5 days only! Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, meanwhile, is thrilled to see his father’s achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father’s. Will he sabotage his father’s glory? — (C) Sony Pictures Classics trailer
Two days only: “MARLEY”. Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. Kevin Macdonald’s exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of Bob Marley offers electrifying concert footage and fascinating insights into reggae’s greatest star. trailer
One of the strangest westerns on record, “Johnny Guitar” has less in common with Zane Grey than it does with Sigmund Freud. The title character, played by Sterling Hayden, is a guitar-strumming drifter who was once the lover of Arizona saloon-owner Vienna (Joan Crawford). Though her establishment doesn’t make a dime, Vienna doesn’t care because the railroad is going to come in soon, bringing a whole slew of thirsty new customers. This puts her at odds with rancher Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), who doesn’t want any new settlers on her land. Hating Vienna with a passion, Emma will do anything to drive her out of the territory…and even worse, Emma’s got the law and the other ranchers on her side. Hoping to keep Emma at bay, Vienna hires Johnny Guitar, who unbeknownst to everyone else in town is a notorious gunslinger. Vienna endures several life-threatening experiences, culminating with a feverish chase through the Arizona wilds with lynch-happy Emma and her minions in hot pursuit. According to most sources, the animosity between Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge was quite real, added several extra dimensions to their scenes together. Director Nicholas Ray and screenwriter Philip Yordan stuff the film with so much sexual symbolism that one wonders why they left out a train going into a tunnel. trailer NOTE: 200 tickets to Summer Classics are Now Available Online beginning the Thursday before the show and ending at 1:00pm day of show.