Cinema Tuesdays

“I sincerely believe that to see good films, and to see important films, is one of the most profoundly civilizing experiences that we can have as people.” -- Roger Ebert

The 2015 Cinema Tuesdays series is underway at the Santikos Bijou, located in the Wonderland of the Americas (4522 Fredericksburg Rd.), on Tuesday nights. Showtime is 7:30 each week, with the exception of June 2 and June 16, which will be at 7 p.m.  The box office opens one hour before show time. Some screenings can sell out. Please arrive early to ensure optimal seating choice.

 Suggested donations of $10 for members and $15 for non-members will get you in for these one-time only showings! TPR members are eligible to reserve seats for all eleven shows for $80 with our Season Ticket option.  To reserve seats for an individual show, follow the links on the schedule below. You can also call 614-8977, or 1-800-622-8977, during regular business hours, to make advance reservations.  All proceeds from the Cinema Tuesdays series benefit Texas Public Radio. Advance reservations close at noon the day of the show, so don't wait!


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June 2: Picnic at Hanging Rock + short film premiere, "Upon The Awful Tree."

This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Based on an acclaimed 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock is set at the turn of the twentieth century and concerns a small group of students from an all- female college who vanish, along with a chaperone, while on a St. Valentine’s Day outing. Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir’s gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day. 107 minutes, Not Rated.

BONUS! Before the main feature, we'll be premiering the locally-produced short, "Upon The Awful Tree," featuring music written by UTSA professor Matt Dunne, and performed by local musicians, including members of the San Antonio Symphony. The film's director, Matt Diekman, and Matt Dunne will be in attendance for a short Q&A about the film. "Upon the Awful Tree" combines suspense and black humor with the classic elements of Spaghetti Westerns. Wealthy and devout rancher Wallace Hardman camps out with his daughter Sally and a team of men when an exotic stranger arrives in the night revealing an awful truth: the dark hearts of men. Stunning imagery coupled with a rich, original, award-winning orchestral score and thoughtful sound design propel the drama without the use of dialogue as the characters' morality is challenged through a terrible night around the campfire. Filmed in a contemporary style on untamed natural and historic locations in central Texas, this artful and authentic indie Western is sure to surprise! 40 minutes.

NOTE: Tonight's screening will begin at 7:00.


UPON THE AWFUL TREE - teaser trailer: The Hymn from viola-tor on Vimeo.

June 9: Anatomy of a Murder

Based on the best-selling novel by Robert Traver (the pseudonym for Michigan Supreme Court justice John D. Voelker), "Anatomy of a Murder" stars James Stewart as seat-of-the-pants Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler. Through the intervention of his alcoholic mentor, Parnell McCarthy (Arthur O'Connell), Biegler accepts the case of one Lt. Manion (Ben Gazzara), an unlovable lout who has murdered a local bar owner. Manion admits that he committed the crime, citing as his motive the victim's rape of the alluring Mrs. Manion (Lee Remick). Faced with the formidable opposition of big-city prosecutor Claude Dancer (George C. Scott), Biegler hopes to win freedom for his client by using as his defense the argument of "irresistible impulse." Director Otto Preminger's progressive sensibilities are evident not only on screen, but on the film's soundtrack, scored by Duke Ellington, when jazz scores were still a rarity in Hollywood. 161 minutes, Not Rated.

Our special guest at the screening will be Larry Strayhorn, whose uncle, Billy Strayhorn, was Duke Ellington's principal musical collaborator.

Make a reservation: ANATOMY OF A MURDER.

June 16: Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews made her screen debut in this delightful film that also features Dick Van Dyke, Ed Wynn, Glynis Johns, and David Tomlinson as Mr. Banks, the busy father of two who learns by the end of the movie that spending time with his children is more important than the life he’s led up until then.  Songs include “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and the Oscar-winning “Chim-Chim-Cheree.” 140 minutes, Rated G. 

Read an excerpt of Variety’s original 1964 review of “Mary Poppins.”

Check out a wild remix of “Mary Poppins” by a clever YouTube user.

TPR's Nathan Cone interviewed Disney songwriter Richard Sherman in 2011.

NOTE: Tonight's screening will begin at 7:00.

Make a reservation: MARY POPPINS


June 23: A Star Is Born (1954)

The 1954 musical remake of "A Star is Born" could have been titled A Star is Reborn, in that it represented the triumphal return to the screen of Judy Garland after a four-year absence. The remake adheres closely to the plot line of the 1937 original: an alcoholic film star, on his last professional legs, gives a career boost to a unknown aspiring actress. The two marry, whereupon her fame and fortune rises while his spirals sharply downward. 

After its initial release in the 1950s, "A Star Is Born" was cut dramatically by the studio. A restoration in 1983 brought back several, but not all of the scenes. The print we will screen is the most complete version of "A Star Is Born" in existence. 176 minutes, Rated PG.

Make a reservation: A STAR IS BORN

June 30: The Freshman (1925)

Harold Lloyd heads off to college and quickly discovers that making friends involves more than aping the antics he's seen in the movies. To further his search for popularity, he manages to join the football team, but only as a combination water boy/tackling dummy. Finally, Harold gets his chance when the coach runs out of substitutes during the big game and reluctantly puts him on the field. Will our bespectacled hero reach the goal line, or will he be fodder for the leatherheads on the opposing team? What follows is more of the action/comedy that only Harold Lloyd could devise! Join us for a special 90th anniversary presentation. 76 minutes, Not Rated.

Make a reservation: THE FRESHMAN

July 7: Oscar Shorts


How many times have you sat there watching the Academy Awards broadcast on television, and when the Short Film categories come up, you're left scratching your head, either trying to guess which one will win based on its title alone, or wishing you could actually see some of these films, somewhere?  Well, tonight is your night, as we bring back the popular Academy Award Shorts program.

This year, all ten of the nominated short films are included on the program, including "Feast," the 2014 Best Animated Short Film winner, and "The Phone Call," the 2015 Best Live Action Short Film winner. Come and enjoy films from around the world all in one night!

Make a reservation: OSCAR SHORTS


July 14: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre


John Huston's 1948 treasure-hunt classic begins as drifter Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), down and out in Tampico, Mexico, impulsively spends his last bit of dough on a lottery ticket. Later on, Dobbs and fellow indigent Curtin (Tim Holt) seek shelter in a cheap flophouse and meet Howard (Walter Huston), a toothless, garrulous old coot who regales them with stories about prospecting for gold. Forcibly collecting their pay from their shifty boss, Dobbs and Curtin combine this money with Dobbs's unexpected windfall from a lottery ticket and, together with Howard, buy the tools for a prospecting expedition. Dobbs has pledged that anything they dig up will be split three ways, but Howard, who's heard that song before, doesn't quite swallow this. As the gold is mined and measured, Dobbs grows increasingly paranoid and distrustful, and the men gradually turn against each other on the way toward a bitterly ironic conclusion.

"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is a superior morality play and one of the best movie treatments of the corrosiveness of greed. Huston keeps a typically light and entertaining touch despite the strong theme, for which he won Oscars for both Director and Screenplay, as well as a supporting award for his father Walter, making Walter, John, and Anjelica Huston the only three generations of one family all to win Oscars. 126 minutes, Not Rated.



July 21: Foreign Correspondent


In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, "Rebecca" and "Foreign Correspondent," were both nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Though "Rebecca" prevailed, "Foreign Correspondent" is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. "Foreign Correspondent" deserves to be mentioned alongside "The 39 Steps" and "North by Northwest" as one of the master’s greatest adventures. 120 minutes, Not Rated.



July 28: Rome, Open City

  This was Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the other films that would form this trilogy and starring some well-known actors—Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member—Rome Open City (Roma città aperta) is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and left the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake. 100 minutes, Not Rated.

Make a reservation: ROME, OPEN CITY

August 4: A Hard Day's Night

Few films rival the sheer exhilaration and joy you feel when watching "A Hard Day's Night."  The Beatles, having conquered the pop charts, were approached with the idea of a film, and lucky for us, they took to the camera with as much bravado, confidence, and fun as they did to their instruments.  "A Hard Day's Night" was the film that set up the Beatle identities we all know by heart – John, the quick-witted one, Paul, the cute one, George, the quiet one, Ringo… well, no one else could be Ringo!  The film, which chronicles 24 hours in the life of the pop group, is full of great songs, from the title tune, to "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You," "I Should Have Known Better," and many more.  Starring the Fab Four, and Wilfrid Brambell, who, as Paul's fictional grandfather (such a clean old man), gets his share of great laughs in the film, too.  87 minutes, Rated G.

Read Roger Ebert's essay on "A Hard Day's Night" as one of the Great Movies.

Visit the official Beatles website!

"To watch the final concert segment is to look back decades and realize, as you do seeing vintage footage of Duke Ellington or Frank Sinatra or John Coltrane, that it's never really gotten any better." – Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

Make a reservation, yeah yeah yeah! A HARD DAY'S NIGHT