Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre’s weekly Big Movie New Classic Series, sponsored by Dallas Voice, screens a different classic film each Tuesday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. This quarter’s lineup is here:
Nov. 1: The Wizard of Oz. You’re a friend of Dorothy, aren’t you? A queer classic.
Nov. 8: ELECTION NIGHT. No screening.
Nov. 15: Seconds. John Frankenheimer extracted a moody performance from Rock Hudson in this almost-forgotten gem of the 1960s.
Nov. 22: Murder on the Orient Express. Last quarter had Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, but this is the Hercule Poirot mystery that launched the trend.
Nov. 29: From Here to Eternity. Montgomery Clift became a huge star in this classic romantic drama set in Hawaii prior to World War II. Winner of seven Oscars.
Dec. 6: Wings of Desire. Wim Wenders directed this strange comedy-drama about angels watching over the lives of residents of Berlin.
Dec. 13: Logan’s Run. Farrah Fawcett made her feature film debut in this sci-fi spectacular about a dystopian future where people die at age 30. An Oscar winner for special effects, it was shot, in part, in North Texas.
Dec. 20: Holiday Inn. The film that introduced the song “White Christmas” to the world … and gave a budding hotelier a name for his new chain of motor inns.
No films on Dec. 27 or Jan. 3.
Jan. 10: The Great Escape. Based on a true story from Worth War II, about prisoners of war (including Steve McQueen) who engineer a break from a Nazi camp.
Jan. 17: The In-Laws. Often regarded as one of the quintessential screwball comedies of the 1970s, this chase film starts Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.
Jan. 24: Rebel without a Cause. James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood as teenagers coping with growing pains in this iconic coming of age film from Nicholas Ray..
Jan. 31: Gunga Din. One of producer Alexander Korda’s ambitious literary epics, based on the Rudyard Kipling tale.
Feb.7: Steel Magnolias, pictured. “Pink is my signature color,” drawls Julia Roberts in this queer classic about strong-willed women (Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah) coping with life and loss in Louisiana.
— Arnold Wayne Jones
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 21, 2016.