All four films that ran on the first day of the quad – including a repertory screening – will be re-screened to mark its 50th anniversary.
Tuesday, October 18 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Quad Cinema in New York City. Over the past five decades, independent theater has established itself as a haven for cinephiles, with frequent showings of rare films, newly restored classics and indie hits. To celebrate the groundbreaking anniversary, Quad is dedicating its Theater U to showing the four films that played at the theater’s opening: Butterflies Are Free, Play It Again, Sam, Slaughterhouse-Five and The gang’s”. Everyone here.”
Milton Katselas’ Butterflies Are Free tells the story of a romance that blossoms between a blind man (Edward Albert) and his neighbor (Goldie Hawn) after the man moves into his first apartment alone. The film was an adaptation of Leonard Gershe’s goal The Broadway play of the same name in which the playwright returns to write the screenplay. Eileen Heckart won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the film, which also received nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
Next up is Play It Again Sam, Woody Allen’s film adaptation of his hit play. Allen plays a film critic whose attempts to find love are hampered by his obsession with Casablanca. Although Allen did not direct the film (those duties were filled by Herbert Ross), Play It Again, Sam was instrumental in establishing the comedic voice for which it would become known.
In Slaughterhouse-Five, George Roy Hill adapts Kurt Vonnegut’s seminal anti-war novel, Michael Sacks takes on the role of Billy Pilgrim and Ron Leibman plays Paul Lazzaro. The film was sandwiched between the two biggest hits of Hill’s directorial career: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting.
And of course it wouldn’t be the Quad without some repertory programming. The grand finale of the day is The Gang’s All Here. Busby Berkeley’s seminal 1943 musical about the love affair between a soldier and a chorus girl, starring Alice Fay, Carmen Miranda and Phil Baker. The Technicolor Fantasy is known to contain the music of jazz legend Benny Goodman.
Tickets for all screenings can be found on the Quad Cinema website.
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