By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater July 18, 2008 at 9:32AM
Before I head out for a much anticipated week's vacation of hanging out with my kids, hitting some water parks, seeing some flicks, and finally finishing the most recent season of SMALLVILLE (don't ask), I have to put in a plug to all moviegoers in the Central Florida area. Like you, I can't wait to see the new Batman (by all reports incredible!), but wait I shall until it's convenient (and less insane) to check it out on the IMAX screen. In the meantime, you can't say that Enzian isn't doing its part providing counter-programming to the blockbusters this summer.
Check out this smorgasbord of cinematic and musical highlights gracing our screen (and elsewhere) beginning Friday the 18th: for Enzian's "regular" programming, we've got the Oscar-nominated Russian-Chinese epic about Genghis Khan, MONGOL, entering its 4th and final week. We also have Brett ("The Kid Stays in the Picture") Morgen's 2007 Sundance opener and brilliant 1968 time capsule, CHICAGO 10, playing at 9:30 for one week only. These two have to depart on the 24th because Werner Herzog's stunning Antarctica doc, ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, opens next Friday the 25th.
In the special programming department this week, there's so much going on it's ridiculous. The KidFest Film Series officially begins tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11 AM with Charlie Chaplin's MODERN TIMES (also repeated on Tuesday the 22nd at 12:30 PM). That will be followed by Richard Lester's 1964 Beatle classic, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, on Saturday the 19th at 1:30 PM and Thursday the 24th at 12:30. Rounding out the KidFest lineup is the 1938 THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD on Wednesday at 12:30 and Frank Oz and Jim Henson's THE DARK CRYSTAL on Friday the 25th at 12:30 and Saturday the 26th at 1:30. All films will be in 35mm and the majority of the prints should be beautiful.
More family fun can be had at the Target 2nd Annual Family Theater Festival in Loch Haven Park on Saturday night (the 19th) at 8:30 PM when Enzian presents a free screening of the "Sing-a-long" HAIRSPRAY. That's right--lyrics will be right there on the screen so you can harmonize with John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the rest of the cast in this fun-filled musical remake and Broadway adaptation of the John Waters classic about integration and dance shows in early 60s Baltimore.
Sunday afternoon at 12 noon brings the second of of four films in Enzian's summer La Scala Opera series, LA TRAVIATA. The pedigree for this one is sensational: it was directed by Liliana Cavani (THE NIGHT PORTER), designed by the great film production designer, Dante Ferretti (SWEENEY TODD, GANGS OF NEW YORK), and conducted by the one and only Lorin Maazel. You may want to get in the stand-by line early for this one.
And of course, let's not forget next weekend, the 25th and 26th, when the MovieJoint late night series comes back to Enzian for 11:30 PM screenings of Oliver Stone's NATURAL BORN KILLERS, followed by the July 29 screening at 9:30 of Danny Boyle's TRAINSPOTTING for Cult Classics.
So for a little something different at the movies in the coming days, there's plenty of worthwhile options as you can see.