Roughly 50 years after their initial release, these classics remain relevant and compelling standouts among director Stanley Kubrick's relatively small but prolific catalog, each earning Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Director and Writing.
Based on the decidedly un-funny book "Red Alert" by Peter George, with working titles like "The Edge of Doom," "The Delicate Balance of Terror," "Wonderful Bomb," and "Dr. Doomsday or: How to Start World War III Without Even Trying," DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING A LOVE THE BOMB is Kubrick's timely satire chronicling the absurd sequence of events that send humankind hurdling toward nuclear annihilation. As U.S. and Soviet military officials with names like Turgidson, Guano, Kissoff, DeSadesky, and President Merkin Muffley (one of three roles brilliantly improvised by the legendary Peter Sellers) make laughably ill-advised attempts to curb the unchecked bombing orders of paranoid General Jack D. Ripper, only the counsel of a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove seems to resonate in the War Room.
While shooting DR. STRANGELOVE co-writer Terry Southern shared with Kubrick the Anthony Burgess novel that would become his first solo screenplay, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, one of the most highly rated, profitable and controversial films of the 1970s. The ultraviolent pursuits of Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his fellow droogs in a subtly futuristic Britain result in his imprisonment and participation in a government-sanctioned experimental method of psychiatric treatment involving cinematic overexposure to triggering bleak imagery. Making use of the first ever vocoder, the synth-heavy score showcasing Ludwig van Beethoven and Gioachino Rossini creates a "real horrorshow" juxtaposition between high-brow art and low-life criminality, an ominously fitting soundtrack to a provocative story of aggression, redemption, revenge and manipulation.
Fun fact -- The actors who would go on to perform the vocal and physical roles of Darth Vader each make their big-screen debuts in these films, respectively: James Earl Jones as Lieutenant Lothar Zogg in DR. STRANGELOVE and David Prowse as Julian in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. The two have never met in person.
TH/Cinema makes proud use of Thalia Hall's state-of-the-art sound and digital projection equipment with a full bar, candy, popcorn and plenty of seating available.
7:00pm - Doors
7:30pm - DR. STRANGELOVE (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1964, 95 mins, PG)
9:15pm - A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1971, 136 mins, R)
$5 advance / $9 at the door