Friday, September 02, 2011


What you've seen on the big screen
(but not in its original release)

By Edward Copeland
As my readers can no doubt tell, my contributors and myself don't have much in the way of original copy to offer this week (that's why you've seen three days in a row of From the Vault posts of old reviews written when the films in question originally came out prior to this blog's existence). I'm taking this "week off" because I have several projects coming up that require lots of watching and writing so I can more or less place ECOF on autopilot. It then occurred to me that this would be a great opportunity to me to run something I've always wanted to and that really isn't labor intensive.

Since seeing movies in a theater, for the most part, is a logistical impossibility for me now, I've always wanted to list the films that I was fortunate enough to see in a theater through re-releases that I either wasn't born when they originally came out, I was too young to see in their original release or somehow I missed the first time and they happened to come back. I figured that would be a great comment starter. I've only linked to reviews I wrote based on being able to see the films in a theater the way God intended. Of course, I didn't count The Rocky Horror Picture Show since it never stopped playing. I just went with alphabetical order. I hope I've recalled them all.

Alice in Wonderland (1951) directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfrid Jackson & Hamilton Luske

Bambi (1942) with seven credited directors

Belle de Jour (1967; 1968 U.S.) directed by Luis Buñuel

Blade Runner (1982) directed by Ridley Scott

Boudu Saved From Drowning (1932; 1967 U.S.) directed by Jean Renoir

Casablanca (1942) directed by Michael Curtiz

A Christmas Story (1983) directed by Bob Clark

Cinderella (1950) directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfrid Jackson & Hamilton Luske

Citizen Kane (1941) directed by Orson Welles

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) directed by Steven Spielberg

Contempt (1963; 1964 U.S.) directed by Jean Luc-Godard

Doctor Zhivago (1965) directed by David Lean

Dracula (1931) directed by Tod Browning

Dumbo (1941) with six credited directors

The Exorcist (1973) directed by William Friedkin

Fantasia (1940) 11 uncredited directors

Frankenstein (1931) directed by James Whale

Giant (1956) directed by George Stevens

The Godfather (1972) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Gone With the Wind (1939) directed by Victor Fleming

Jaws (1975) directed by Steven Spielberg

The Jungle Book (1967) directed by Wolfgang Reitherman

The Last Waltz (1978) directed by Martin Scorsese

Lady and the Tramp (1955) directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfrid Jackson & Hamilton Luske

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) directed by David Lean

Lolita (1962) directed by Stanley Kubrick

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) directed by John Frankenheimer

Nashville (1975) directed by Robert Altman

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) directed by John Landis

Nights of Cabiria (1957) directed by Federico Fellini

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) directed by Clyde Geronimi,
Hamilton Luske & Wolfgang Reitherman

Pather Panchali (1955; 1958 U.S.) directed by Satyajit Ray

Peter Pan (1953) directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfrid Jackson & Hamilton Luske

Pink Floyd — The Wall (1982) directed by Alan Parker

Pinocchio (1940) with seven credited directors

Sleeping Beauty (1959) directed by Clyde Geronimi

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) with six credited directors

Some Came Running (1958) directed by Vincente Minnelli

Song of the South (1946) directed by Harve Foster and Wilfred Jackson

The Sound of Music (1965) directed by Robert Wise

Spartacus (1960) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Sunset Blvd. (1950) directed by Billy Wilder

Touch of Evil (1958) directed by Orson Welles

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) directed by Jacques Demy

Vertigo (1958) directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Wild Bunch (1969) directed by Sam Peckinpah

The Wizard of Oz (1939) directed by Victor Fleming

Yellow Submarine (1968) directed by George Dunning

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Earlier this year I caught the Seattle Noir City at SIFF. The double bill that night was "Don't Bother to Knock" and "They Won't Believe Me" the latter of which I don't think is available on DVD or otherwise. Dressing up to go to the theater and settling in with a crowd sure does set the mood for a noir double bill, IMHO.
I've caught quite a few of the same movies on the big screen, and too many others to remember, but I want to highlight a couple of groupings I've managed. The first is when the five Hitchcock movies were re-released in the mid-80's. Even more than Vertigo, Rear Window was such a revelation. All five were shown at the Coronet in San Francisco in pristine prints. What a treasure.

I've also seen all the Preston Sturges '40-'44 movies on the big screen, except The Great Moment, and five Astaire/Rogers movies. However, the two greatest not original release movie experiences I've had were The Seven Samuri at the Castro and Godfathers I and II on the same day. also at the Castro.
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