Classics in HD -- Film School 101 at Symphony Space

July 21, 2014 9:58 PM

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Classics in HD -- Film School 101 at Symphony Space

Under the expert curatorial guidance of Ed Budz, the Thalia theater at Symphony Space is offering a remarkable cinematic series this summer. Appropriately if prosaically titled Classics in HD, it includes some of the most memorable films in 20th century film history. And each one is being screened twice so as to make it easier for viewers to attend. I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone catch at least a few of the remaining screenings in July and August. Symphony Space is also offering a special brunch in special along with Big Daddy's Burger -- and you can't do much better than a classic film and a juicy burger, as far as this critic is concerned. For those who don't know it, the Thalia is an Upper West Side piece of New York cultural history. I remember seeing my first Pink Panther flics and Yves Robert's hilarious Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noire (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe) with my mom and best friend Daniel Holtzman there when I was a kid, and I am glad to see that this tradition of excellence is still going strong today. I recently caught two restored classics there -- The Children of Paradise and Metropolis.

Marcel Carné's three-hour long epic Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis), with script by Jacques Prévert, stands apart in the history of cinema. Starring the incomparable Arletty as the bewitching Garance and shot during the German occupation of Paris, it provides a unique historical record...

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