UW Cinematheque and WUD Film Committee Present Marquee Mondays
In collaboration with the student-run Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee, the Cinematheque will present four fun programs in the comfortable confines of the Marquee Theater in Union South. This season’s offerings include Noel Black’s cult classic Pretty Poison; a Halloween week horror show featuring The Other, a neglected and very creepy thriller from To Kill a Mockingbird director Robert Mulligan; a special screening of River’s Edge, the teen classic that helped spawn the grunge movement, with director Tim Hunter in person; and Django, a great spaghetti western that is one of the inspirations behind Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Django Unchained. Tim Hunter appears courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visiting Artists program.
- Mon., Sep. 24 | 7:00 PMMarquee
Recently released from a mental hospital, Dennis (Anthony Perkins) arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town and attracts the attentions of pretty high schooler Sue Ann (Tuesday Weld) by posing as a CIA agent. Little does Dennis know, he’s the one being deceived, and before he knows it, Sue Ann has him involved in her far-from-innocent plans. This wicked thriller and black comedy “is one of the few still-sparkling gems of the late 60s.” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic)
- Mon., Oct. 29 | 7:00 PMMarquee
9-year-old twins Niles and Holland Perry are identical in every respect…except for Holland’s homicidal tendencies. Since everyone who gets on the boys’ bad side is turning up dead, it’s up to their protective grandmother (played by renowned theater actress and drama coach Uta Hagen in a rare film appearance) to stop the nightmare. This atmospheric chiller from the director of To Kill a Mockingbird is set in an idyllic rural community during the depression. Based on a bestselling novel by former actor Tom Tryon, it finds just the right balance between the lyrical and the horrific. The feature will be preceded by a fun reel of horror trailers.
- Mon., Nov. 19 | 7:00 PMMarquee
Loosely based on the true story of a California high schooler who killed his girlfriend and bragged about it to his friends, this disturbing but classic youth film was also a powerful influence on the ‘grunge’ movement in fashion and music of the early 90s. Among the cast, the electric Glover stands out as the hopped up, self-appointed group leader. In another of his memorable possessed performances, Hopper plays Feck, the teens’ psychotic mentor/drug dealer. Director Tim Hunter, who also co-wrote the teen classic Over the Edge, will discuss his work in person after the screening. Tim Hunter appears courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visiting Artists program.
- Mon., Dec. 10 | 7:00 PMMarquee
In one of the greatest of all Spaghetti Westerns, an inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, a stranger dragging a coffin (Nero) finds himself caught between two warring factions in a border town. The mystery of what’s in the coffin is soon revealed, unleashing a wave of violence that leads to one of the highest body-counts in any film of its era. As the title character, Nero makes just as solid a hero as Clint Eastwood in Corbucci’s fast-paced and enormously entertaining action mini-epic. The feature will be preceded by a reel of trailers for other Italian shoot-em-ups.