Special Retrospective of Genre Milestones Celebrating Their 50th Anniversary
This year, a special treat awaits you at the Main Square – a retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of four game-changing genre films:
George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
Frankin J. Schaffner's PLANET OF THE APES
Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
Roman Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY
The legendary debut feature of the late, great George A. Romero has caused a total revolution within genre cinema. With this film, horror has irreversibly entered the modern age and left behind all the old movies which suddenly became old fashioned, harmless and even naive. It was one of the most successful independent films in the history of cinema, while even the US Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, which is an honour that only very few horror films have been given.
One of the most influential science-fiction movies of all time, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, became a victim of its own success, spinning off four sequels, two TV series, Tim Burton's remake in 2001, followed by three additional films, none of them coming even remotely close to the original. This superb film, with its totally unexpected, shocking ending, had an enormous impact on its audience at the time of its release. Even today, this classic by Franklin J. Schaffner has lost none of its power, and its deep message is more relevant than ever.
Sergio Leone's epic masterpiece, considered by many to be his best film and best western of all times, is both a homage to and deconstruction of classic western. Harrowing story, tense action, sparse but witty dialogue, wonderful cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli, magnificent music by Ennio Morricone and superb acting by Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards and Henry Fonda (who proved that he can be a very convincing villain), enhanced by Leone's impeccably precise direction, are the main hallmarks of this unforgettable cinematic experience.
Based on the bestselling novel by Ira Levin, and produced by William Castle, this masterpiece by Roman Polanski not only marks the beginning of the era of modern horror but also transcends the limits of genre cinema. Rosemary's Baby is now considered by many film historians and critics to be the best film made by Polanski, and is also widely acclaimed as one of the most important American movies of the 60's.
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