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June 3, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Joe Dante; Ross Melnick, film historian.

Matinee  (1993)

A Key West movie theater becomes ground zero for the onscreen fusion of atomic age fears, intensely real and fantastically imagined, in director Joe Dante’s loving tribute to movie showmen.  As the Cuban Missile Crisis heats up, B-movie barker Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) rolls into town with his latest monster shocker, Mant!—filmed in both “Atomo-Vision” and “Rumble Rama”—to the delight of the local coming-of-age kids hoping for a little spectacular escapism from an adult world gone mad. 

35mm, color, 99 min.  Production: Universal Pictures, Renfield Productions, Falcon Productions.  Distribution: Universal Pictures.  Producer: Michael Finnell.  Director: Joe Dante.  Screenwriter: Charlie Haas.  Cinematographer: John Hora.  Production Designer: Steven Legler.  Editor: Marshall Harvey.  Music: Jerry Goldsmith.  Cast: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub.

Print courtesy of the Joe Dante and Jon Davison Collection at the Academy Film Archive

Mant!  (1962)

The complete, uncut version of producer Laurence Woolsey’s atomic masterpiece!

35mm, b/w, 17 min.

Print courtesy of the Joe Dante and Jon Davison Collection at the Academy Film Archive

Mant! — Trailer

35mm, b/w, 4 min.

Preceded by

Print courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive

Double Feature: “Pattern for Survival” / “Things to Come” — Trailer

35mm, b/w, 2 min.

Preserved by the Academy Film Archive

This Theater and You  (1948)

One of a series of post-war promotional shorts produced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, This Theater and You extols the virtues of the movie theater as an “American institution” at the center of your community and your “box seat on life.” 

35mm, b/w, 8 min.  Production: Academy Film Project, Warner Bros.  Producer: Grant Leenhouts.  Director: Felix Jacoves.  Screenwriter: Lyle Robertson.  Editor: Rex Steele.  Music: Phil Score.  Cast: Brandon Beach.