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Retroarthouse Film Series 

When: June 23-25 2017
Price: $9

The mouthful of a title is appropriate to contain the truly overwhelming number of classic films in this weekend-long festival—call it the cream of the Criterion Collection. All thirteen are worth your time, so the only way to pick is to figure out which ones you haven't seen yet, or at least haven't seen on the big screen. Will it be the tragicomic silent slapstick of Charlie Chaplin in City Lights? The Technicolor adventure of the 1940 version of The Thief of Baghdad, which provided the basis for Disney's Aladdin? Or will you go darker, with the silently observing angels of Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire, the underside of immortality in Guillermo del Toro's Cronos, the decay of civilization in the sixties version of Lord of the Flies, or the wartime tragedy of Peter Weir's Gallipoli? Will you go straight-up surreal with David Lynch's Eraserhead, question what's real with Kurosawa's Rashomon, or contemplate life over a game of chess with Death in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, washed down with a more pleasant conversation in My Dinner with Andre? Perhaps you'll just choose the old-school farce of La Cage aux Folles or the nontraditional working-class romance of My Beautiful Laundrette, or ponder why Charlton Heston was cast as a Mexican in Touch of Evil. No matter what you pick, you'll feed your eyes and your head. —Zack Smith

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