'Ben-Hur' and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' on tap for film buffs
Special screenings, festivals and revivals that will interest Seattle film buffs this week of Friday, July 20, include outdoor showings of "O Brother, Where Are Thou?" and "Crazy Stupid Love," plus a screening of the 1925 silent version of "Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ."
Seattle Times movie critic
Should the weather continue pleasant, here are some options for outdoor movies this week: the 1977 Satyajit Ray film "The Chess Players," which begins a summer Bollywood series at Seattle Asian Art Museum (Friday); "Zookeeper" (Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park, Tuesday); "WALL-E" (Everett Cinema Under the Stars, Friday); "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (Fremont Outdoor Movies, Saturday); "Crazy Stupid Love" (Movies at Marymoor Park, Wednesday); "Elf" (Moonlight Cinema at the Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville, Thursday); "The Help" (Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park, Thursday); "Babe" (Redmond Summer Movies Series, Saturday); and "Pretty In Pink" (West Seattle Outdoor Movies, Saturday). For more information on these and many other outdoor-movie events, go to www.seattletimes.com and search "outdoor movies 2012."
Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount continues with "Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ," Fred Niblo's elaborate 1925 silent epic, at 7 p.m., with Georges Méliès' "Kingdom of Fairies" and Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman" screening at noon (bring your lunch). Jim Riggs will accompany all films on the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Tickets are $10 for the evening film, or $5 for the matinee; available at the theater at 911 Pine St., Seattle, through www.stgpresents.org, or 877-784-4849.
The Summer Classics Series at Sundance Cinema (formerly the Metro) this week presents "Cabaret," the 1972 Bob Fosse movie musical that won eight Oscars. 12:45 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. Wednesday only; 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle, 206-633-0059 or www.sundancecinemas.com.
On Thursday, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown begins a four-day series "Into the Vaults: Celebrating the Library of Congress," featuring 10 classic films showing in 35mm. Two Buster Keaton films, "Seven Chances" (6:30 p.m.) and "Steamboat Bill" (8:30 p.m.) begin the series Thursday, with a live score performed by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. Also at the Uptown this week: a cheery "Hairspray Sing-Along" 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (tickets only $4) and a broadcast of the ballet "La Fille Mal Gardée," performed by London's Royal Ballet, 6:30 p.m. Monday (tickets $15/$10 SIFF members/$14 youth/seniors). 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; for more information, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
At Northwest Film Forum, the festival "ByDesign 2012," exploring the intersection between design and the moving image, screens through Wednesday and will include a selection of documentaries, short films, special guests (such as husband-and-wife design team Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee, who designed the titles for such films as "Juno," "Up in the Air," and HBO's "Cinema Verite") and presentations. A series pass is $80 ($40 for NWFF members). 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.nwfilmforum.org or call 206-267-5380.
Blake Edwards' 1962 noir "Experiment in Terror," starring Glenn Ford, Lee Remick and the city of San Francisco, runs this week at the Grand Illusion, through Thursday. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
The Summer Movie Wednesdays series at West of Lenin continues with local filmmakers Charles Mudede and Robinson Devor's "Police Beat," showing with Web Crowell's short silent film "Parasol." 7:30 p.m., 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; tickets are $5 and available through www.westoflenin.com.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is "The Crow," the 1994 comic-book adaptation starring Brandon Lee in his final role. Friday and Saturday only; 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org