The holidays at the Dryden have traditionally balanced Christmas classics with more unconventional contemporary discoveries, and this year is no exception. Please join us as we ring in the festive season with some of our new and old favorites. We begin the series with Terry Zwigoff’s brash, rude, and raucous ode to the unseemly side of Christmas with Bad Santa, in which Billy Bob Thornton stars as a con man–turned–mall Santa whose vices put Ebenezer Scrooge’s to shame. Following that very adult opening is Bob Clark’s beloved family comedy A Christmas Story, which details the misadventures of Ralphie Parker, a wide-eyed youngster whose only Christmas wish is to get his hands on a highly coveted BB gun. From the same year is Bill Cosby: Himself, an uproarious live account of one of the now-legendary… [read more]
The Godfather. Goodfellas. Gremlins. The Silence of the Lambs. The Last Picture Show. Two Lane Blacktop. Titanic. Apollo 13. Beyond their status as some of the most successful and acclaimed motion pictures of the last half-century, these films have one figure in common: Roger Corman.
From the height of his directorial career in the 1960s, when he produced the earliest films by Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, and Peter Bogdanovich, to his days as the head of New World Pictures, whose stable included Jonathan Kaplan, George Armitage, Ron Howard, and James Cameron to name just a few, one of Corman’s major legacies to film culture has been the astonishing amount of talent he discovered and encouraged. “If you do a good job, you won’t have to work for me again,” is the oft-quoted… [read more]
In order to fully understand the work of Alfred Hitchcock, one must understand his early work. The Hitchcock 9 is a presentation of Hitchcock’s nine extant silent films. Although Hitchcock would go on to refine his filmmaking style, his touch is very much alive in these early films, whether it’s the “wrong man” plot of Downhill, the menacing ambiguities of The Lodger, the voyeuristic impulses of Champagne, or the exploration of guilt in Blackmail. In each of the nine films, Hitchcock experiments with points of view and begins to mirror his audience’s reactions on screen. The complex restoration process… [read more]