Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 4: 2013
Obviously we came back, though revamped with a shorter, more manageable season length. Having learned some time management lessons, in January we started brewing beers and pulling pre-show clips. There were a wealth of movies left on the list, which would we do?
As we experimented with the line-up, we stumbled on a set of movies that echoed each other in interesting ways:
“King Kong” presaged the monster movie and dinosaur obsession that reached its artistic peak sixty years later with “Jurassic Park”
Polanski’s neo-noir “Chinatown” pays loving tribute to Billy Wilder’s ur-noir film, “Double Indemnity”
“Tootsie” and “In the Heat of the Night” both tell fish-out-of-water strories facing discrimination in their own (very different) ways.
Our mid-season double feature of “Dumbo” and “Sleeping Beauty” showcase the peak, culmination, and swansong of two distinct eras of Disney Feature Animation.
Sharing these connections with everyone week-to-week was a real joy, and an example of why we think watching and discussing these films together in a group is so rewarding.
The duality also inspired Rebecca and Jack to create this beautiful and very different trailer.
One last change - once we knew our finale would be “Jurassic Park”, we added a couple of subwoofers to our setup. Yes, for that scene.
The 2013 List:
44 King Kong
45 In the Heat of the Night
48 Sleeping Beauty
49 Double Indemnity
51 Jurassic Park