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Wednesday, January 2 — Tuesday, January 8

To Kill A Mockingbird

This new year marks the 40th Anniversary of one of the 60’s most wonderful films: To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s beautiful novel of growing up in the South was transformed into a film of delicate power and remarkable honesty. Mary Badham and Philip Alford deliver mesmerizing performances as the precocious and vulnerable children of Southern lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in an Oscar-winning role). When the quietly heroic Finch is called upon to defend an African American man (Brock Peters) against a rape charge, the fragile cover of childhood is put to a demanding test. Also in the fine cast are John Megna, Alice Ghostly, the voice of Kim Stanley and, in his feature film debut, Robert Duvall as Boo Radley. The Oscar-winning screenplay was written by Horton Foote. Directed by Robert Mulligan. B&W. 35mm. 129 mins. 1962. PRESENTED IN A BEAUTIFUL STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINT! Nightly at 7:00 and 9:30; Wed, Sat and Sun matinees at 2:00 and 4:30.

Wednesday & Thursday, January 9 & 10

King Noir
Program Change

Kiss Me Deadly

Mickey Spillane’s hardboiled hero Mike Hammer gets an atomic-age makeover, Hollywood style. The quest for the great whatsit results in a terrifying trip to the end of the world, now made much more illuminating compliments of this fully restored print. See what the fuss is all about. Starring Ralph Meeker, Cloris Leachman, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart. Written by A. I. Bezzerides. Directed by Robert Aldrich. B&W. 106 mins. 1955. Wed at 1:00, 4:40 & 8:15; Thurs at 8:15 only!

The Killer's Kiss

Stanley Kubrick's THE KILLING, originally scheduled for these dates has been postponed. The distributor has informed us that their only print has been damaged to the extent that it can no longer be played. It won't be until sometime later in the year that a new print will be struck. In the meantime, as a substitute, we will be playing KILLER'S KISS, also directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film was produced in 1955, a year before THE KILLING. It was shot on a very low budget in New York City. The story is about a young boxer who falls for a girl who is under the control of a sadistic gangster. Kubrick not only wrote and directed the film, but photographed and edited it as well. It stars Jamie Smith, Irene Kane and Frank Silvera. 67 mins. Showtimes for KILLER'S KISS will be 3:00, 6:40 and 10:15 on Wednesday and 6:40 and 10:15 on Thursday.

Friday, January 11 — Wednesday, January 16


America’s foremost maverick film director, Abel Ferrara returns to the Roxie–his infamous April ’94 visit will never be forgotten–with a batch of six films: four bonafide Ferrara classics and two theatrical premieres! Due to Mr. Ferrara schedule, he is unable to attend this time around. Sorry. But he may show his face for the premiere of a new film later this year. Stay tuned to

"Ever wonder what happened to the hard-as-nails, tough-guy, couldn't-give-a-rat's-hiney kind of filmmaker, like John Ford, John Huston and Samuel Fuller? Well, he's still alive and well in Abel Ferrara" -- Jeff Anderson, S.F. EXAMINER

"Ferrara made his rep more than 20 years ago with a pair of take-no-prisoners flicks that trod the hallowed paths of Samuel Fuller and Alan Clark."
-- Michael Fox, SF WEEKLY

Friday & Saturday, January 11 & 12

  • The Addiction Ferrara’s jet black modernist horror opus is the final word on drugs and vampires. Overwhelmed by her sadness over the state of mankind, a New York grad student becomes a ravenous blood-sucker after being being bitten by a vampiress. Beautifully shot in black & white. Starring Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco, Paul Calderon. Written by Nicholas St. John. Directed by Abel Ferrara. 82 mins. 1985. Fri at 8:00 only; Sat at 4:00 and 8:00.

  • Driller Killer The director’s first feature is an unabashed horror shocker about a deranged artist (played by Ferrara!) who destroys his victims with a bloody-fucking power drill! A Repulsion-style portrait of a man’s descent into psychosis, it introduces the same distinct visual style and themes which dominate his later films. As nasty an arthouse thriller that’s ever been made. Also in the cast: Carolyn Marz and Baybi Day. Written by Nicholas St. John. Directed by Ferrara. In Color. DVD 94 mins. 1979. Fri at 6:00 and 10:00; Sat at 2:00, 6:00 and 10:00.

Sunday & Monday, January 13 & 14

  • Black Out Matthew Modine stars as a crack and booze addicted film star who crashes head-on with his life while on a bender with his girlfriend in Miami. Eighteen months later, back in New York with a different girlfriend, he is still plagued by nightmares about what really might have happened in Florida. A stunning tour de force, having it’s belated theatrical premiere here at the Roxie. Co-starring Claudia Schiffer, Beatrice Dalle, Dennis Hopper. Directed by Ferrara. Written by Ferrara and Marla Hanson. In Color. 35mm. 100 mins. 1997. Sun at 4:15, 8:00; Mon at 8:00 only!

  • Ms. 45 Ferrara’s breakout film was this incendiary tale about a mute girl who’s raped twice in the same day. Her wrath explodes onto the street in the form of an avenging angel of bloody, final death. Starring Zoe Lund, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto, Helen McGara. Written by Nicholas St. John. Directed by Abel Ferrara. In Color. 35mm. 81 mins. 1981. Sun at 2:45, 6:15, 9:55; Mon at 6:15, 9:55.

Tuesday & Wednesday, January 15 & 16

  • New Rose Hotel Two large corporations in the future world are fighting to get control over the best minds in the world. An unsettling and surrealistic venture into cyber space (courtesy of William Gibson’s short story), Ferrara’s film is having its theatrical premiere! Starring Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento, Annabella Sciorra, John Lurie. Directed by Abel Ferrara. In Color. 35mm. 92 mins. 1998. Tues at 8:00; Wed at 4:00, 8:00.

  • The Funeral In the late 1930’s two mobster brothers try to come to terms with the gangland murder of their younger brother. Seething tensions come to the surface as horrible suspicions are confirmed. An explosive period drama! Starring Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra, Isabella Rossellini, Vincent Gallo, Benecio del Toro. Directed by Abel Ferrara. In Color. 35mm. 99 mins. 1996. Tues at 6:00, 9:50; Wed at 2:10, 6:00, 9:50.

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