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10 Years - 100 Movies | 2019 Movies on the Roof

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer. We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.

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

46    Tootsie

47    Dumbo

48    Sleeping Beauty

49    Double Indemnity

50    Chinatown

51    Jurassic Park

MotR 2019