Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Robert Altman Sandy Dennis Cher Karen Black
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Directed by Robert Altman
What could have been a claustrophobic adaptation of Ed Graczyk’s overheated play is transformed into a charmed, diaphanous drama by the man behind the camera and the women in front. The conceit of James Dean fan-club reunioners peeling away layers of denial works with the likes of Sandy Dennis, Cher, and, in a gender-bending role, the late Karen Black singing Graczyk’s lyrics. The Texas Woolworth dime store becomes a dream world, flashing between 1955 and 1975 with the neat trick of a store-length mirror and ingenious lighting. Justin Stewart (Oct 4-6 at IFC Center, part of its Texas on Screen)

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