Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 8: 2017
Like many, the 2016 presidential election left an impact on us. Since our minds kept returning to politics as we contemplated our lineup, we leaned in for our first and only themed year. We embraced the challenge of designing a season of films that spanned many decades, were all excellent, appealed to families and cinephiles, and fit our theme of politics or government.
Before we started, we got a wonderful outpouring of neighborly love from our Moser neighbors and added a reservation system to give them the VIP status to snag prime seats. As always, Moser Building, thank you for making this whole thing possible!
Though our hearts were heavy, we made sure we keep some levity in our season with the optimistic charm of Disney’s “Robin Hood” and “The American President”.
But we also needed at least dark look to how politics goes really wrong, and Sidney Lumet’s “Fail Safe” was it: the eeriest and quietest ending we’ve ever had on the roof, and so incredibly powerful.
After eight years, Tom finally got the green light for showing “The Lion in Winter”. Fun fact - this may have been the first showing in America of the new 2017 High Definition remaster of the film!
This was the first MotR trailer that was cut in-house by us, and the sombre, haunting soundtrack reflected our state of mind as we went into the season. That being said, spending time with our wonderful and supportive audience helped us process the state of the world and remember the good.
The 2017 List:
78 The Great Dictator
79 Fail Safe
80 Robin Hood
81 All the King's Men
82 The Lion in Winter
83 State of the Union
84 Advise & Consent
85 The American President