Classic Kubrick In May

One of the truly great masters of the cinema, Stanley Kubrick’s films are a perfect fit for the Byrd Theater.  His visual acumen and striking compositions; his sense of scale in tandem with his films’ grand themes (humanity’s relationship to technology; the punishing nature of war; crime, greed, and distrust; our relationship to history; the…

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March is for Malick

Terrence Malick films have been released at widely different points and to wild, at times rhapsodic praise. His first two releases, Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978) were heralded as masterpieces; viewers would then wait twenty years for his followup, The Thin Red Line. Clearly Malick is a thoughtful, careful director who will not…

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Double Indemnity: A Film Noir Classic

  Billy Wilder’s 1944 Double Indemnity is one of the “grand-dads” of the wonderfully rich film noir genre. This picture has all the classic film noir elements: a detective (in the person of claims investigator Barton Keyes, played memorably by Edward G. Robinson), an anti-hero in the protagonist Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray in his pre-“My…

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"2001: A Space Odyssey" is the Ultimate Trip

Called the “ultimate trip” on its 1968 release, and displaying what one critic called the most audacious cut in film history, Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey still merits these superlatives.  Using then state-of-the-art special effects, this non-CGI spectacle inspires awe—nowhere more so than in the large screen format only possible at the Byrd Theater.  …

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