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TPR Cinema Tuesdays

“I sincerely believe that to see good films, and to see important films, is one of  the most profoundly civilizing experiences that we can have as people.” -- Roger Ebert

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, Texas Public Radio's annual Cinema Tuesdays series returns to in-theater programming with shows at the Santikos Northwest (May/June), Santikos Galaxy (July), and Santikos Palladium (August)! Since we weren't able to celebrate our 20th anniversary properly, we're calling this our 20th+2 anniversary! Six of this summer's films are from the second year of a decade: 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, and 1992. So come on out each Tuesday, as we give away some great door prizes, show our film, and have a lot of fun! Show time is 7:30 each night, with the exception of June 28 and August 9, which will start at 7:00.

Suggested donations of $10 for members and $15 for non-members will get you in for these one-time only showings!

We appreciate the underwriting support of Americus Diamond, Stevens Lighting, the Law Office of Frank Sandoval, and Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop.

The @TPRCinema Twitter feed and TPR Cinema Facebook page also offer a way to stay on top of cool movie news on a regular basis.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies this summer!


May 31 - Casablanca

Casablanca is one of the most beloved films of all time, adored and discovered by new generations of fans, year after year. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Blaine, owner of a nightclub in Casablanca during WWII, who “sticks his neck out for nobody.” But an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) may lead him to change his mind.

Casablanca was nominated for eight 1942 Academy Awards, winning three, including Best Picture. Nowhere in the film is the line “Play it again, Sam,” uttered. 102 minutes, Rated PG.

Read Roger Ebert's essay on "Casablanca,” part of his series, The Great Movies.

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June 7 - Desert Hearts

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts, was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor. 91 minutes, Rated R.

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June 14 - Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain did well at the box office in 1952, but came up empty at the Academy Awards that year. It is now regarded as the greatest movie musical ever. The image of Gene Kelly swinging on a lamppost, dancin' and singin' in the rain, will be forever etched in the minds of our collective pop-culture consciousness. But most of all, Singin' in the Rain is a very, very funny movie filled with wonderful music, and a spectacular "Broadway Ballet," showcasing Kelly and dancer Cyd Charisse.

The setting is Hollywood during the transition from silent films to talkies, and the plot centers on matinee idol Kelly, whose co-star (Jean Hagen) isn't handling the transition too well, to say the least. Meanwhile, a young actress (Debbie Reynolds) has caught Kelly's eye, and with his buddy's help (Donald O'Connor), he aims to make her his new co-star. Songs include "You Were Meant For Me," "All I Do is Dream of You," "Good Morning," and of course, "Singin' in the Rain." 103 minutes, Rated G.

"Is this really the greatest Hollywood musical ever made? In a word, yes." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Read his review here.

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June 21 - Say Amen, Somebody

First released in 1982, this documentary portrays the history and importance of gospel music as told through the lives of its singers. Featured are Thomas A. Dorsey, considered the “Father of Gospel Music,” “Mother” Willie Mae Ford --- who trained gospel singers for decades, as well as gospel musicians and choirs, providing a look at the faith-rooted, deeply emotional, and joyous music entwined in African American culture. Unseen in cinemas for decades, “Say Amen, Somebody” has been gorgeously restored to 4K by Milestone with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The new restoration features brilliantly restored Dolby Stereo and 5.1 soundtracks! 100 minutes, Rated G.

“The film’s mood is never less than marvelously infectious.” — Richard Schickel, Time

“The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.” — David Denby, New York Magazine

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

June 28 - Lawrence of Arabia

"Lawrence of Arabia" is David Lean's epic Best Picture winner about British Army lieutenant T.E. Lawrence, who galvanized the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I, endured indignities from his Turkish captors and eventually led his forces to a number of smashing victories. Peter O'Toole was plucked from the stages and screens of Britain to star as the titular "Lawrence of Arabia" in this film. Filmed on location over the course of a year, the movie was a commercial and critical success, and won a total of seven Academy Awards, including director, cinematography, editing and score. 227 minutes, Rated PG. This film includes an intermission.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

July 5 - Oscar Shorts

In this program, we'll be screening all five of the 2020 Live Action Short Films nominated for an Oscar this past year, including "The Long Goodbye," the 2020 Best Live Action Short Film winner. Come and enjoy films from Poland, the United States, Denmark, and Switzerland, all in one night! Total running time of the program: 122 minutes.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

July 12 - The Godfather

Nominated for ten Academy Awards, winner of three, “The Godfather” remains the Mafia/mobster film by which all others are measured. In an Oscar-winning performance, Marlon Brando plays Don Corleone, the patriarch of a Mafia family that also includes James Caan, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Talia Shire, and Robert Duvall as adopted son and consigliere Tom Hagen.

“The Godfather” follows the changing times, as the Corleone family is threatened by a rival gangster that wants to overpower the Corleones with trade in narcotics. Meanwhile, Don Corleone’s son Michael (Pacino), despite his attempts to stay out of mob life, finds himself being pulled into the family business.

Nominated for ten Academy Awards, “The Godfather” won three, for Brando, as well as Best Picture and Best Screenplay (Francis Ford Coppola). Amazingly, the now-classic photography of Gordon Willis went unrecognized that year, passed over in the nominations process by “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Butterflies Are Free,” and “1776,” among other films. Nino Rota, who wrote the classic score for the film, was deemed ineligible for an Oscar because part of his score borrowed from earlier work. Despite the same controversy, Rota was nominated, and won, an Oscar for “The Godfather, Part II” two years later. 175 minutes, Rated R.

Read critic Roger Ebert’s essay on “The Godfather” as one of the Great Movies.

Hear Gordon Willis talk to Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air about photographing “The Godfather” and other cinema classics.

In this episode of This American Life, Sarah Vowell explains why she watched “The Godfather” every day while in college.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

July 19 - Pather Panchali

With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power. 125 minutes, Not Rated.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

July 26 - Back to the Future

Great Scott! You mean in the entire two-decade history of Cinema Tuesdays, we’ve never screened this modern classic from Robert Zemeckis? Join us as we go back to the summer of 1985, and then 1955, in this fantastic sci-fi comedy that began life when writer Bob Gale mused whether or not he’d have been friends with his dad, had they both been in high school together. The resulting film is a masterwork of clockwork popcorn fare, featuring star-making performances by Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, still-dazzling effects, and a rousing score by Alan Silvestri. Heavy. 116 minutes, Rated PG.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

August 2 - Enamorada

Enamorada, which translates as “A Woman in Love,” is a loose adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Macho man and Mexican revolutionary General Reyes (Armendáriz) conquers the pueblo of Cholula, then falls hopelessly in love with Beatriz Peñafiel, the daughter of the richest and most conservative man in town. Embodied by María Félix, she knocks him off his feet with a slap after he whistles at her, then literally blows him off his horse with a bomb. Hollywood called it “meeting cute.” The “taming” here consists of the General getting down on his knees repeatedly and asking her for forgiveness for all the atrocities he has committed. She does fall eventually, signaled by an extreme close-up of Beatriz awakening to love, as Reyes serenades her under her window. The final scene pays homage to Josef von Sternberg's Morocco (1930), but this is one of the masterpieces of Mexican cinema. — (Synopsis by Jan-Christopher Horak.) 99 minutes, Not Rated.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

August 9 - Malcolm X

Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” is magnificent. It’s a brilliant portrait of the slain civil rights leader that hurtles forward throughout its three hour-plus runtime, anchored by the Oscar-nominated performance of a lifetime-- Denzel Washington in the title role. The film follows Malcolm Little from his days running numbers on the streets of Harlem, to his conversion to Islam in jail, and then his rise to fame as an outspoken leader of the civil rights movement. It delivers the full picture of a man that many Americans – especially white Americans – had only known through sound bites. The music, the period set decoration, the camera work by Ernest Dickerson, are all flawless. "Malcolm X" is one of the great American screen biographies.

Lee fought with Warner Bros. over the film’s cost and running time, insisting that he could not do the subject justice without a $30 million budget. To make it happen, several prominent Black Americans contributed money to the production. Lee told the New York Times, "This is not a loan. They are not investing in the film. These are black folks with some money who came to the rescue of the movie. As a result, this film will be my version. Not the bond company's version, not Warner Brothers'. I will do the film the way it ought to be.” Which was the right thing to do. 201 minutes, Rated PG-13.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

August 16 - Psycho

After the lavishly produced “North By Northwest,” director Alfred Hitchcock slashed his budget by $3.5 million dollars and made “Psycho” on the cheap, deliberately using minimal sets and design, and filming in black-and-white, in the manner of the television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” The story, about a woman on the lam who meets the twitchy caretaker of a rural motel, thrilled audiences and led to a boffo $50 million box office, becoming one of Hitchcock’s most profitable films, and influencing countless horror films to come. 109 minutes, Rated R.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

August 23 - Eyimofe

A triumph at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from codirectors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16 mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, Eyimofe traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity. 116 minutes, Not Rated.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.

August 30 - Two films! Sherlock, Jr. & Cops

“Cops” is a wonderful example of Buster Keaton’s film artistry. The short film is a carefully orchestrated series of gags in which he plays an innocent who tries to impress his girl by becoming more than he is, and winds up inextricably caught in a police parade that breaks up to pursue him. In “Sherlock Jr.,” Buster Keaton plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries. Total runtime: 58 minutes, Not Rated.

This screening will feature a special Q&A and book signing with Dana Stevens, author of “Camera Man,” a new book about Keaton’s work and life.

Reservations for this screening will open two weeks before show date.
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