Two special showings: Rocky Horror, and shorts!
Chiang Mai movies update, Tuesday, July 21, 2009
by Thomas Ohlson
Two special film screenings have surfaced for the immediate future.
At “Look At This Gallery”on Thursday, July 23, at 7 pm:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) by Jim Sharman – 98 mins – UK/US, Comedy/ Musical – a magical phenomenon unlike anything ever before seen on screen.
Rotten Tomatoes: Borrowing largely from cinema's horror conventions, the film begins as an innocent young couple is stranded at the home of a mad scientist who is building the perfect man. The castle is filled with a most bizarre group of characters who worship their master, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, played magnificently by the fabulously sexy Tim Curry, in leather jacket, pearls, fishnet stockings, and heavy makeup. Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) are forced to examine their own sexuality as the voluptuous doctor releases the hidden desires in each of them. Based on the stage musical by Richard O'Brien (who also appears in the film as Riff Raff), the film comes alive with unforgettable song-and-dance numbers that have come to represent the sexual liberation of the 1970s. The outstanding costuming and makeup, the terrific acting by a group of relative unknowns (Curry, O'Brien, Bostwick, Sarandon, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Meat Loaf), and the memorable songs ("Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite") help make The Rocky Horror Picture Show one of the most bizarrely entertaining and satisfying musicals ever made.
This screening is sponsored by “Look At This Gallery” and Tim McGuire. Tim writes: “You are cordially invited to attend a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 7 p.m. But … seating is limited to 20. Those will be the first 20 people to RSVP to email@example.com.
“The show will feature a brief tutorial on proper fan participation as well as required props for the ultimate Rocky Horror experience. After the show a documentary will be shown containing behind the scenes footage and Interviews with original cast members. This screening is in Antici…..pa….tion of the upcoming live stage presentation being produced by our very own Lili Tan. If you are interested in auditioning for the live show then attendance is a must. Costumes are Welcome!!!”
This movie has been shown continually in movie theaters since its release in 1975, most often in midnight screenings. This makes it the longest theatrical run in history.
According to IMDb:
At the midnight showings, not only do patrons dress up, they bring props. There are no hard-and-fast rules on props, but the following is a list of some of the most common: Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty's wedding) Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene) - Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain) - Flashlights or cigarette lighters ("There's a Light" verse of "Over at Frankenstein Place") - Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times) - Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank's creation - so should you) - Toilet paper [preferably "Scott's" brand] (when Brad yells "Great Scott!", throw a roll) - Confetti (at the end of the "Charles Atlas" reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti) - Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner) - Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience) - Bell ("When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?") - Cards ("Cards for sorrow/cards for pain") - The props tend to vary somewhat from city to city, especially as some localities (and theaters) impose restrictions. For example, the "There's a light" prop was almost always lighters during the original 1970s shows, but open flames are now banned in most movie theaters (either by theater policy or by law - and considering that another common prop is newspapers, this is generally a good idea). Another example is that some fans insist that the toast should be buttered. However, many theaters frown on this, due to the mess (and the possibility of someone slipping).
The original Broadway production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened at the Belasco Theater in New York on March 10, 1975 and ran for 45 performances and was revived in 2001.
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Screening of short films by Thunska Pansittivorakul.
Location: Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University คณะวิจิตรศิลป์ มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่
Free entry/ snack and drink provided.
Group discussion: “Liberalizing and Personalizing of Film” and short film screening of Thunska Pansittivorakul.
Thunska Pansittivorakul is a columnist in many film magazines and he is the founder of Thaiindie.com, a group of independent filmmakers with unique style. His short films and documentary features have been screened in festivals around the world. He received the Silpatorn Award from the Thai Ministry of Culture's Office of Contemporary Arts and also awarded by many international film festivals.
Thunska’s short films scheduled to be shown are:
Unseen Bangkok / มหัศจรรย์กรุงเทพ
Vous Vous Soviens De Moi? / ในวันที่ฝนตกลงมาเป็นคูสคูส
You are Where I belong to /ปลายทาง
This Area is Under Quarantine / บริเวณนี้อยู่ภายใต้การกักกัน
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