Friday, September 26, 2014

"Gone With The Wind" 75th Anniversary Screening To Be Shown In The Frederick Area

Trade ad for the 1961 re-release of David O. Selznick's
1939 epic, Gone With The Wind.  MGM decided to
reissue the film in theaters that year to commemorate the
centennial of the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Not that long ago, Frederick's cinema venues missed out on numerous opportunities for revival screenings of classic feature films.   This includes the the one-day 70th anniversary screening of Casablanca in 2012, and the 50th anniversary screening of A Hard Day's Night earlier this year.  If you've read previous posts on At The Matinee, you may have noticed that revival screenings of classic (and contemporary) feature films are under-appreciated in the Frederick area.

David O. Selznick's 1939 Academy Award-winning monumental epic, Gone With The Wind (directed by Victor Fleming, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Margaret Mitchell) will be shown in select theaters across the nation on September 28th and October 1st.  The digital presentation is presented by Turner Classic Movies, Warner Bros., and NCM Fathom Events, with a filmed introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne.

To my surprise, as I was reading the list of cinema venues that planned on showing the film- I noticed that Frederick, Maryland was on the list of theaters that are showing Gone With The Wind.

Now here's the unfortunate part about this revival screening: it won't be shown at Frederick's "crown jewel"- The Weinberg Center For The Arts, nor will it be shown at MDL Holiday Cinemas, but it will be shown at the area's 16-plex eyesore (in the view of this author), Regal Cinemas.  From looking at Fandango, the ticket prices are outrageous for this limited engagement. The price for a single ticket to this revival screening (according to Fandango) is $12.50.

Aside from that, cinema enthusiasts in the Frederick area will be able to experience Gone With The Wind the way it was meant to be seen- on the big screen.  If the price was right (and if it was shown at a better cinema venue), then I would definitely go see it.  If you're interested in seeing Gone With The Wind on the big screen in the Frederick area, it will be shown at the Regal Cinemas Westview 16 complex on September 28th (at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM), with an encore screening on October 1st.  For more information on this event, visit fathomevents.com.

ATM REMEMBERS: At The Matinee remembers longtime actress Polly Bergen, who passed away at the age of 84 on Saturday, September 20th.  Bergen started her career as a singer on the radio, and her first film appearance was in the 1950 comedy At War With The Army, with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (she would appear in two more Martin & Lewis comedies- That's My Boy in 1951, and The Stooge in 1952).

She is best remembered for her role in the 1962 film, Cape Fear (opposite Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck).   She also appeared in the 1964 film Kisses For My President (opposite Fred MacMurray).  She had her own short-lived variety show series on NBCThe Polly Bergen Show- which ran on the network from 1957 to 1958.  Bergen won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan in the anthology series Playhouse 90.  She was also a celebrity panelist on the hit Mark Goodson-Bill Todman game show, To Tell The Truth, during its original network run on CBS.

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