Holiday Choices

By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater July 3, 2008 at 12:38PM

Holiday Choices
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Enzian's got plenty of them to brighten your cultural calendar beginning this 4th of July weekend and continuing through next week. Despite our single screen status, we never stop trying to make our programming as diverse as possible. Beginning its second smash week is MONGOL, Sergei Bodrov's Oscar-nominated, thrilling epic on the rise of Genghis Khan, is turning out to be one of the arthouse blockbusters of the year. This is one film you definitely want to see on the big screen--forget about waiting for the home video release, no matter how great your TV setup is.

Sunday the 6th at 12 noon is the first of our opera presentations from La Scala, and what a debut! Screening in stunning digital format with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, Verdi's AIDA should blow even the most-seasoned opera lover away. The fact that it's directed and designed by the great Franco Zeffirelli (ROMEO AND JULIET, Domingo's LA TRAVIATA and OTELLO, the Mel Gibson/Glenn Close HAMLET), is just icing on the cake.

Tuesday the 8th at 9:30 PM is Cult Classics time, and you won't want to miss this. At long last, Quentin Tarantino's hilarious, violent masterpiece of bizarre criminal behavior from 1994 hits the Enzian screen. That's right--PULP FICTION is here for one show only, and has there ever been a better cast in an indie fim, or any film for that matter? Check out this list of names: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Rosanna Arquette, Ving Rhames, and Eric Stoltz, just to name a few. If you've never seen it you owe it to yourself to catch it in 35mm; if you've seen it already, you know you'll be there.

And last but certainly not least, July's Popcorn Flick takes place in Central Park, Winter Park at sunset on Thursday the 10th (weather permitting), and it's none other than Wolfgang ("Das Boot") Petersen's classic children's fantasy from 1984, THE NEVERENDING STORY. A mysterious book that leads to a world of imagination, flying puppet creatures, free popcorn, and a free movie under the stars--how can you beat that? Don't forget the Citronella candles though.

--Matthew

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