Music Box Matinees - Staff Picks!

Sun, Feb 11th, 2018 to Sun, Mar 25th, 2018

The Music Box Matinee programming has been turned over to our excellent house staff! Come see classic films selected by the folks who sell the tickets, make the popcorn, mix the drinks, project the movies, and keep the Music Box running.

**Presented on 35MM**

Movies & Showtimes for
Music Box Matinees - Staff Picks!

La Belle et la Bete

A FILM BY: Jean Cocteau
WRITTEN BY: Jean Cocteau (dialogue), Jean Cocteau (screenplay)
STARRING: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély

Picked by Ernie, Manager

Jean Cocteau’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast.

Ernie says: This French adaptation blends fantasy and romance, creating magical visions that are brought to life through exquisite performances, stunning costumes & scenery, and enchanting practical effects.

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1946
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: 35mm

Black Orpheus

A FILM BY: Marcel Camus
WRITTEN BY: Marcel Camus, Jacques Viot
STARRING: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira

Picked by Alvin, Front of House

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is transported to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Alvin says: One of my first drum teachers while I was in high school immigrated from Brazil to my hometown of Atlanta, GA. Shortly after I started studying with him, he wanted me to watch BLACK ORPHEUS in order to introduce me to Brazilian music, specifically Brazilian percussion. BLACK ORPHEUS showcases some of the most incredible bossa nova and samba playing, while giving a modern twist to a classic story.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1959
Country of Origin: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: 35mm

California Split

A FILM BY: Robert Altman
WRITTEN BY: Joseph Walsh
STARRING: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss

Picked by Rebecca, Projectionist

Rebecca says: Elliott Gould and George Segal star in one of Altman’s finest films; a bittersweet and gentle comedy about compulsive gamblers and one of the most elusive types of human relationships: Friendship. We follow Bill and Charlie from the racetrack to the casino to the haze of the 5am poker table, all with Altman’s signature rich cacophony at every turn. As Gould would tell an interviewer on the film’s 40th Anniversary, “It’s not about gambling at all. It’s about staying alive.”

Technical Information

Production Year: 1974
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 108 mins
Format: 35mm

My Own Private Idaho

A FILM BY: Gus Van Sant
WRITTEN BY: Gus Van Sant (screenplay)
STARRING: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo

Picked by Flynn, Front of House

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star as Mike and Scott in this haunting tale about two young street hustlers. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest.

Flynn says: MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO is the kind of queer, grunge, Shakespearean, outsider cinema that the world needs right now.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1991
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: 35mm

Police Story 2

A FILM BY: Jackie Chan
WRITTEN BY: Jackie Chan, Paul B. Clay
STARRING: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Kwok-Hung Lam

Picked by Audrey, Manager

Audrey says: POLICE STORY 2, this awesome sequel is the perfect follow-up to the successful POLICE STORY. It's a film brimming with explosions, incredible fight sequences, and all the Jackie Chan charm you can ask for. This movie was a staple in my household as a kid due to it's frequent showings on TV by the late 90's, and still holds a special place in my heart. The best kind of action flick to watch in the afternoon with friends and family, to take you back to the time when you were obsessed with arguing theories about how Jackie did that crazy stunt.

In Cantonese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: 35mm

Strangers on a Train

A FILM BY: Alfred Hitchcock
WRITTEN BY: Raymond Chandler (screen play), Czenzi Ormonde (screen play)
STARRING: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman

Picked by Cody, Front of House

Cody says: Hitchcock! Trains! Tennis! A way-too-fast carousel! While it may not be as widely-seen as some of Hitchcock’s better known movies, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN is probably my personal favorite of his. Featuring a creepy but somehow-charming villain performance by Robert Walker, this tale of mistaken intention shows what happens when a bad joke is told to the wrong person. Come for the stunning cinematography, stay for the subtly homoerotic plot.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1951
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: 35mm

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