Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
Dir: Elliot Silverstein
Jane Fonda plays the title role in this comedic hit, named by the AFI as one of the top 10 Westerns of all time. Schoolteacher Catherine Ballou must resort to desperate measures when her father and his Wyoming ranch are targeted by the Wolf City Development Corporation, but the man she hires as a gunfighter turns out to be a drunk. For his dual role as inebriated Kid Shelleen and his assassin brother, Lee Marvin won a Best Actor Oscar. Among the memorable supporting performers are Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, who provide running musical commentary.
Dir: Jacques Demy
Director Jacques Demy's love letter to American musicals, French cityscapes and romance in general is one of his greatest triumphs. The movie tells intersecting stories of a number of young dreamers - among them Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Dorleac and Danielle Darrieux - who continually miss meeting their ideal mates by mere city blocks - city blocks that are all authentic, as Demy matches realistic location shooting with sheer flights of musical fantasy. This odd but satisfying hybrid of dreams and reality is enhanced by Michel Legrand's score and Demy's typically precise color palette. With Gene Kelly. In French with English subtitles.
Dir: Barbra Streisand
Adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story/play, this engaging musical is set in a Jewish community in Poland in the early 20th century. After her father’s death, Yentl (Barbra Streisand) wants to continue her study of the Talmud but, according to tradition, that is strictly a man’s work. So Yentl adopts a male alter ego and enrolls in a Jewish religious school - where she winds up in a romantic triangle with a fellow student (Mandy Patinkin) and his fiancée (Amy Irving). Streisand’s directorial debut raises thoughtful questions about religious and gender identity while it entertains, and it earned her a Golden Globe. The score earned Oscars for Michel Legrand and lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman; among the memorable songs in the film’s hit soundtrack are “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and “The Way He Makes Me Feel.”