At 75, does Casablanca still resonate?

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Casablanca, one of the most celebrated motion pictures of the 20th century.   It’s a film full of excellent performances, great dialogue, and memorable quotes (that are often misquoted).  It also contains exotic locales, intrigue, humor and a few plot points that don’t make a lot…

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MurrayFest, Casablanca & 2001 highlight a rich quarter of Film Events at Byrd Theatre

RICHMOND, Va., March 16, 2017 –  Three new months of classic programming at The Byrd will introduce new generations to some of cinema’s greatest treasures, as well as some hidden gems. Plus, a new event you’re sure to plan Mother’s Day Weekend around. The Byrd Theatre announces its Spring repertory lineup today scheduled through June. Major…

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Shane and Pale Rider

The Western has always been a means for Americans to see morality played out on the screen—good versus evil, the downtrodden saved by a person who nobly sacrifices in order to make sure that justice is done. Shane and Pale Rider, two movies separated by 32 years and a revolution in cinema, don’t deviate from…

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The Western Is Dying

Again. For yet another year, superheroes have dominated the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. And while some superhero flicks invoke the spirit of the Western (think Chris Pratt’s turn as a rogue space cowboy in Guardians of the Galaxy), the Western in its traditional form has largely been displaced in recent years.…

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