The Paramount Theatre Summer 2010 Film Series begins tonight with the Film Fan Preview Party, starting at 6 p.m. for Paramount Film Fan members only, followed by screenings of Casablanca at 7 p.m. and The Maltese Falcon at 9:20 at 713 Congress Avenue in Downtown Austin.
In addition to free admission to the party, film fans also receive discounted tickets, free popcorn, and preferred seating all summer long.
The opening night double feature is entitled “Double Bogie,” offering two classic examples of Humphrey Bogart in his tough guy prime.
John Huston’s 1941 crime drama The Maltese Falcon, adapted from the novel by Dashiell Hammett, remains the greatest private eye movie ever made, thanks in no small part to Bogart’s iconic portrayal of Sam Spade. The rest of the cast is genius as well: Mary Astor as the archetypal noir vixen, Sydney Greenstreet as the Fat Man, and Peter Lorre at his oily best as Joel Cairo. Other memorable performances include Elisha Cook Jr. as a nervous gunsel, plus old pros Ward Bond and Barton MacLane as the cops.
In 1942’s Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz from a script by Howard Koch, Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein, Bogart stars as the world-weary proprietor of Rick’s Café Americain, opposite Ingrid Bergman as his long-lost love Ilsa. Truly one of the all-time great films, Casablanca boasts a brilliant supporting cast, led by Claude Rains as Captain Renault, Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo, Dooley Wilson as Sam (as in “Play it again…”), and, playing variations on their characters in The Maltese Flacon, Greenstreet and Lorre.
If you miss this classic double bill tonight, it is playing again Friday and Sunday.
CASABLANCA: 7 p.m. Thurs; 9:20 Fri; 3:45 & 8:20 Sun.
THE MALTESE FALCON with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet and Elisha Cook Jr., directed by John Huston: 9:20 Thurs; 7 p.m. Fri; 1:30 & 6:05 Sun.
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