Coo coo ca choo: 'The Graduate' is 45
Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson. Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" celebrates its 45th anniversary with a weeklong run at Northwest Film Forum...
Seattle Times movie critic
Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson. Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" celebrates its 45th anniversary with a weeklong run at Northwest Film Forum, screening in 35mm and featuring a young and deliciously awkward Dustin Hoffman. Also at the Film Forum this week: "Confluence" (screening Friday through Thursday; see review), and a collection of rare films from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, featuring Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Thursday only; 7 p.m.). NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
Fans of classic film should head to the SIFF Film Center this weekend for the series "Into the Vaults: Celebrating the Library of Congress," featuring a selection of films from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, all in archival 35mm prints. Among the offerings: the silent films "The Flying Ace," "The Man Who Laughs," "The Patsy," and "So's Your Old Man" (with W.C. Fields), all with live accompaniment by composer Donald Sosin; "Only Angels Have Wings" (with Cary Grant); the Fritz Lang noir "Scarlet Street"; Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels"; and one of my personal favorites, the effervescent screwball comedy "My Man Godfrey," starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. The Film Center is on the Seattle Center campus, in the Northwest Rooms.
Also from SIFF, at the Uptown: plenty of audience participation this weekend, with a "Spaceballs Quote-Along" on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. (complete with free Schwartz rings at the door), in celebration of the film's 25th anniversary, and a "Grease" singalong Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tell me more, tell me more! 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; for more information on any SIFF event, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
It's an outdoor-movie bonanza this weekend: "The Adventures of Tintin" (Tuesday, Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park); "Wedding Planners" (Friday, Bollywood Outdoor Film Series, Seattle Asian Art Museum); "The Princess Bride" (Saturday, Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights); "Hop" (Friday, Everett Cinema Under the Stars); "Together" (in Chinese; Thursday, Foreign Language Films in the Park, Bellevue); "Top Gun" (Saturday, Fremont Outdoor Movies); "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (Saturday, Mercer Island Outdoor Movies); "A Dolphin's Tale" (Friday, Moonlight Movies in Renton); "The Muppets" (Wednesday, Movies at Marymoor Park); "The Princess Bride" again (Saturday, Movies at the Mural, Seattle Center); "Top Gun" again (Thursday, Moonlight Cinema at the Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville); "Forrest Gump" (Thursday, Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park); "The Help" (Saturday, Redmond Summer Movie Series); and "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (Friday, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema, Cal Anderson Park). For more information on any of these screenings; go to www.seattletimes.com and search for "outdoor movies 2012."
Seattle Art Museum launches the three-film series "Dreamweave: Film and the Australian Land" Friday with a screening of Nicolas Roeg's 1971 film "Walkabout," in which two English children lost in the Australian outback must rely on an Aborigine to survive. The series, showing in conjunction with the exhibition "Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection," also includes Peter Weir's haunting 1975 film "Picnic At Hanging Rock" (Aug. 10) and Werner Herzog's 1984 film "Where the Green Ants Dream." Tickets are $23 for all three films ($20 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF and TheFilmSchool members); single tickets are $8 at the door if available. 7:30 p.m. at SAM's Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave.; www.seattleartmuseum.org or 206-654-3210.
The summer Silent Movie Mondays series at the Paramount concludes this week with Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 biblical epic "King of Kings" at 7 p.m. and a noon matinee of Georges Méliès' "Rip's Dream" and Buster Keaton's "Go West." All will be accompanied by Jim Riggs on the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Tickets are $10 for the evening film and $5 for the matinee; available through the box office at 911 Pine St., Seattle; online at www.stgpresents.org, or 877-784-4849.
The local documentary "The Hall of Giants," directed by Michael Falcone and about the making of the Fremont Troll sculpture, will have a free screening Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Hale's Palladium, 4301 Leary Way, Seattle. All ages are welcome; cash bar available. For more information, see the "Hall of Giants" Facebook page.
Summer Movie Wednesdays at West of Lenin continues with local filmmaker Richard Lefebvre's "Calimari Union" (featuring a walk from Georgetown to Ballard); showing with Drew Christie's short film "Empress of the North." $5; 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; www.westoflenin.com.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is the 2004 comedy "Mean Girls," featuring the young Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried (in her film debut) and a pre-"30 Rock" Tina Fey (who wrote the funny screenplay). 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