We review loads of exciting indie and foreign films from week to week here at The Dissolve. Though Video On Demand distribution has done a lot to connect under-appreciated films with the cinephiles eager to see them, vast swaths of the country still have no access to arthouse cinemas. For suburb-dwelling or rural readers, the neighborhood multiplex may be all that’s available; a regular pilgrimage to the nearest independent or locally-run movie theater may prove too cumbersome, especially for young cinephiles unable to transport themselves to the nearest major city. In lieu of actual arthouse cinema openings across this great nation, TCM and Fathom Events have teamed to provide a passable substitute.
Variety notes that TCM and Fathom have announced plans to launch a series of classic film showings at nearly 500 multiplex theaters across America. Fathom has previously screened video recordings of opulent operas in AMC theaters throughout the land, but now, they’ll bring crowd-pleasing blockbusters of yore as well as time-tested classics to America’s small towns. For a restless kid with no way to see older films in the theatrical setting, the opportunity to catch Double Indemnity on the big screen would be a godsend.
This isn’t TCM and Fathom’s first attempt at mounting a project of this nature. The companies united earlier this year to run such enshrined masterworks as The Wizard of Oz, Rear Window, and The Sound of Music. Admittedly, none of these are deep cuts of classic cinema—indeed, excepting the example of Melford’s Spanish-language Dracula, it’s nothing you couldn’t find on DVD at your local Target. But even so, the sensation of seeing Psycho as it was meant to be seen should still hold allure for neophyte movie-lovers. Perhaps the most hopeful way to approach this news is that TCM and Fathom’s program may light the spark of cinephilia in an otherwise uninitiated youth. I can already hear the Oscar speech: “None of this would’ve ever been possible if I hadn’t stumbled into a showing of Tod Browning’s Dracula as a kid…”
Read on for a full list of TCM-Fathom showings:
Jaws — June 21, 24
Double Indemnity — July 19, 20
Grease — Aug. 16, 19
Psycho — Sept. 20, 23
Dracula (Browning)/Dracula (Melford) — Oct. 25, 28
Roman Holiday — Nov. 29, Dec. 1
Miracle on 34th Street — Dec. 20, 23