Fosse, Fosse, Fosse!

The BSR May 2024 repertory movie roundup

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There’s much to look forward to on the region’s repertory screens, much of it harkening back to the 1970s: A Bob Fosse retrospective, a special event geared towards another ‘70s film, and one of the most acclaimed documentaries of that decade.

The highlights

Celebrating Bob Fosse

Sweet Charity (in 4K)
Thursday, May 2, 7pm and Wednesday, May 8, 7pm

Saturday, May 4, 6pm and Sunday, May 12, 3pm

All That Jazz (in 4k)
Saturday, May 11, 6:30pm and Sunday, May 12, 6pm

Saturday, May 11, 4pm and Sunday, May 19,

Star 80
Saturday, May 11, 9:15pm; Sunday, May 19, 6:15pm; and Wednesday, May 22, 7:30pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Film Society is presenting “It’s Showtime, Fosse!,” a retrospective, throughout May, of all five films directed by Bob Fosse between 1969 and 1983. The schedule has plenty of room for double- and triple features and a Cabaret/Showgirls double feature on May 4.

Vanishing Point
Wednesday, May 29, 7pm
Lightbox Film Center, 401 South Broad Street

Richard C. Sarafian's Vanishing Point was a cinematic touchstone of the mid-1970s, starring Barry Newman and Cleavon Little. The plot concerns a race car driver taking a car from Denver to San Francisco, and it inspired everything from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive to Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.

The screening at the Lightbox is also a book event for Robert M. Rubin’s new book Vanishing Point Forever (Film Desk Books); Rubin will introduce the film.

Grey Gardens
Tuesday, May 4, 7pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Every July 4, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute posts a video to its social media of BMFI marketing director Gina Izzo re-enacting Little Edie’s “Flag Dance” from the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens.

This month, BMFI is showing the documentary, directed by Albert and David Maysles. It depicted the lives of two women, a mother and daughter, both Edith Beale and known as “Big Edie” and “Little Edie.” Relatives of Jackie Kennedy, the two lived together in a once-grand but decaying East Hampton mansion.

Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Friday, May 3
Various times and theaters

Happy birthday, Jar Jar Binks! The first of the Star Wars prequels, from 1999, turns 25 this month, and it’s getting a re-release in theaters around the country. For those with much more time, there’s also an option to watch all nine Skywalker Saga films in a row.

More cinema screenings

Wednesday, May 1
Philadelphia Film Center

Buffalo 66
Wednesday, May 1
Philadelphia Film Center

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Saturday, May 4
The Colonial Theatre

Harold and Maude
Saturday, May 4
The Colonial Theatre

Blood and Black Lace
Saturday, May 4
Lightbox Film Center

Saturday, May 4
Philadelphia Film Center

Dial M For Murder
Sunday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 8
WaterTower Cinema

Happy Together
Tuesday, May 7
Ambler Theater

Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Wednesday, May 8
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Time of the Heathen
Friday, May 10
Lightbox Film Center

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, May 10

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11
Ritz Five

Pulp Fiction
Friday, May 10
The Colonial Theatre

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour
Wednesday, May 15
Sunset Social

Prom Night
Friday, May 17
Hiway Theater

North By Northwest
Sunday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 22
Fathom Events (various theaters)

The Social Network
Wednesday, May 22
Philadelphia Film Center

Saturday, May 25
Philadelphia Film Center

Gimme Shelter (Cinema Classics Seminar)
Wednesday, May 29
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Crime Wave (Viva Video Presents…)
Thursday, May 30
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Friday. May 31
Philadelphia Film Center

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