The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: December 3

12/03/2014 4:00 AM |



Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Directed by Robert Altman
Following the disappointment of Popeye, this little seen early-80s effort from Altman would reconsolidate his methodology while anticipating an ongoing interest in material originated for the stage. Based on the play by Ed Gracyzk, the film similarly situates its drama within the confines of a lone dime store; yet within these limitations, Altman balances two distinct periods and a dozen different characters via subtly elaborate diametrical set design. On the 20th anniversary of James Dean’s death, the “disciples” of the iconic actor reconvene at the Woolworth’s where they once gathered to daydream about his charms. This group of women, portrayed by the estimable ensemble of Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, Sudie Bond, Kathy Bates, and Marta Heflin, once rocked by the passing of their idol and the personal relationship one claims to have consummated, now stand again at emotional crossroads, reiterating in the old adage that one truly can’t go home again. Jordan Cronk (Dec 4, 7:30pm at MoMA’s Altman retrospective)