|ON THE WATERFRONT, Marlon Brando, 1954|
When it comes to Classic Cinema the average viewer usually has only three choices.
- Wait until the movie hits TCM and pray you're home.
- Grit your teeth through the skips and jumps and frame freezes on the library copy.
- Dig out your wallet and actually buy the DVD (blu-ray if you're REALLY lucky).
Except that TCM has finally, and I do mean finally, done something spectacular.
I'm a fan of Fathom Events at the theater. They can be loads of fun depending on what you're seeing. I saw Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, and the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy as Fathom events, plus some special Elvis in Concert night.
This past Wednesday, April 27th 2016, TCM presented On the Waterfront in the theater ON THE SILVER SCREEN.
Though I'm sure other viewers would deny it, I'm pretty sure that angels were singing. The above scene is HEAVEN on the big screen.
Okay, I admit that there were only 8 people in the theater for the evening showing, including myself. But I've never had a better seat at the movie theater in my life than I did for On the Waterfront, a film I consider to be the absolute height of Marlon Brando's career, let alone the careers of Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb, and Karl Malden.
The hilarious thing is that when you put a classic movie on the big screen nowadays, you notice things . . . things that get lost on your home television.
- Joey Doyle's dialogue never ONCE matched his lips in his one and only scene.
- No one was willing to pay for an actual stuntman to fall from the roof in lieu of the OBVIOUS dummy?
- Dramatic music must ALWAYS accompany smooching in classic cinema.
Despite the little hiccups here and there, On the Waterfront remains one of the finest examples of classic Hollywood from the 1950s.
I know, it's too late for you to watch On the Waterfront in the movie theater. You have my sympathy because it was so totally worth it.
However, On the Waterfront is only 1 in a series of 12 movies being shown in the theater this year by TCM. I missed The Maltese Falcon in February (which would have been a great intro to a movie I've never seen), but there are still 8 classics (well, some I'd call classics, others merely pretenders) that will be shown through the end of 2016.
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, May 15 and 18
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, June 26 and 29
- Planet of the Apes, July 24 and 27
- The King and I, Aug. 28 and 31
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Sept. 18 and 21
- The Shining, Oct. 23 and 26
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Nov. 27 and 30
- From Here to Eternity, Dec. 11 and 14
Plan your calendar for the rest of the year very carefully.
As for myself, I know where I'll be May 18th, June 29th, August 31st, and November 30th.
Thank you, Turner Classic Movies, for taking my mind off the loss of my sweet kitty by putting my favorite movie on the silver screen.