Movie Mania grips Carolina Theatre this Summer

The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro will once again celebrate cinema with its “7th Annual Summer Film Festival,” which opens July 7 and runs through Aug. 14.

MONDAYS belong to the Master of Suspense:

Alfred Hitchcock. By popular demand, the six Mondays in the festival will showcase the work of one of Hollywood’s most revered talents:

July 7 (7 pm): Frenzy (1972). One of Hitchcock’s most controversial and explicit thrillers, boasting a screenplay by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth), stars Jon Finch as a down-on-his-luck Everyman framed for a series of necktie murders in London – unaware that his affable, affluent chum (Barry Foster) is the actual culprit. (Rated R)

July 14 (7 pm): Strangers on a Train (1951). Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Raymond Chandler was one of the screenwriters for this twisty thriller starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker (in his final film). Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

July 21 (7 pm): Vertigo (1958). James Stewart and Kim Novak star in this much-acclaimed psycho-thriller considered by some to be Hitchcock’s best. Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Sound.

July 28 (7 pm): Psycho (1960). Unquestionably Hitchcock’s best-known film and one of the best-known films of all time. Based on Robert Bloch’s novel, the film received Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Janet Leigh), Best Cinematography (black and white) and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (black and white). (Rated R) Aug. 4 (7 pm): To Catch a Thief (1955). Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star. Oscar winner for Best Cinematography (color), additional nominations for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (color) and Best Costume Design.

Aug. 11 (7 pm): North by Northwest (1959). Screenwriter Ernest Lehman set out to make “the Hitchcock movie to end all Hitchcock movies.” Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and young Martin Landau star. Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Editing.

TUESDAYS the festival is devoted to the choices of WKRR-FM’s “Two Guys Named Chris” morning team and their resident critic (yours truly):

July 8 (7 pm): Chris Kelly has selected the original 1980 slasher classic Friday the 13th . (Rated R.)

July 15 (7 pm): Chris Demm has chosen Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical Almost Famous (2000), which earned Crowe an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay as well as nominations for Best Editing and Best Supporting Actress (both Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand). (Rated R) July 22 (7 pm): Deidre James has selected 1984’s Purple Rain, which became a surprise box-office smash and won Prince the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. (Rated R) July 29 (7 pm): Josh “Biggie” Ellinger picks the 2009 comedy smash The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). (Rated R) Aug. 5 (7 pm): “Weather Dave” Aiken has selected Robert Aldrich’s blistering 1967 World War II classic The Dirty Dozen, which earned an Oscar for Best Sound Effects as well as nominations for Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor (John Cassavetes).

Aug. 12 (7 pm): Yours truly has selected The French Connection (1971), winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing, with additional nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Roy Scheider), Best Sound and Best Cinematography. (Rated R)

WEDNESDAYS mean funny business at the Carolina Theatre:

July 9 (7 pm): The Blues Brothers (1980), directed by John Landis, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the title roles. (Rated R) July 16 (7 pm): !The Three Amigos! (1986), also directed by John Landis, with Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short (in his screen debut) in the title roles. (Rated PG) July 23 (7 pm): “The Three Stooges Mini-Marathon,” a collection of comedy shorts (titles TBD) featuring Moe, Larry and Curly … or perhaps Moe, Larry and Shemp … July 30 (7 pm): Caddyshack (1980), which marked the directorial debut of the late Harold Ramis, stars Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Bill Murray. (Rated R) Aug. 6 (7 pm): Airplane! (1980), the surprise comedy sleeper of 1980, starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, with appearances by Robert Stack, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (Rated PG).

Aug. 13 (7 pm): Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), easily the best-known of the feature films made by the popular British comedy troupe and a long-time midnight-movie perennial. (Rated PG)

On THURSDAYS, Imagine Travel assumes control of the programming with its eclectic selection of films:

July 10 (6:30 pm): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), the first in the blockbuster fantasy franchise based on JK Rowling’s bestselling novels, starring Daniel Radcliffe in the title role. Oscar nominations for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costume Design. (Rated PG) July 17 (6:30 pm): The Sound of Music Sing-Along, an “audience-participation” screening for fans of the perennially popular 1965 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Wise), Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Score, with additional nominations for Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Wood), Best

Cinematography, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costume Design. (Rated G) July 24 (7 pm): Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), which earned Johnny Depp his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor and became a huge Disney franchise (with another installment in development). Additional Oscar nominations for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. (Rated PG-13) July 31 (7 pm): Jaws (1975). Everybody knows it. Everybody’s seen it. Everybody loves it. And probably nobody’s more grateful than director Steven Spielberg! Oscar winner for Best Original Score, Best Sound and Best Editing, with an additional nomination for Best Picture. (Rated PG) Aug. 7 (6:30 pm): Mary Poppins (1964), one of Disney’s biggest hits, which won Oscars for Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Editing, Best Score (Original), Best Visual Effects and Best Song (“Chim-Chim Cher-ee”), with additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Stevenson), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Sound and Best Music (Adaptation or Treatment). (Rated G) !


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