Here is part 1 of what will be showing at the Wexner Center for the Arts this month. The below list focuses on events that are ‘movie showings’ as the typical moviegoer would understand the term. To see non-cinema related arts events at Wexner, see here.
Banff Mountain Film Festival (various), showing April 3, not rated: This is a program of selections from this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival. This annual event focuses on films about and/or documenting all things outdoors sports and/or adventures. Please note: The film is preceded by a cash bar cocktail type event. Also, ticket prices for this event are higher than typical at Wexner films ($12 for general public instead of $7; $10 for members/students/senior citizens instead of $5)
Throne of Blood (1957), showing April 5, not rated: Probably the second most famous of Kurosawa’s samurai films (after Seven Samurai). Part of Wexner’s Based on the Play by William Shakespeare series, Throne of Blood is a loose adaptation of Macbeth.
Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels (various) showing April 6 and 7, not rated: This 2 hour program is exactly what the title says it is: A collection of vintage baseball related newsreels.
Before the show, memorabilia collector Tracy Martin of vintagebaseballcollector.com will be showing off part of his collection in the lower lobby.
West Side Story (1961), showing April 12 and 13, not rated: The classic Bernstein movie musical. Part of Wexner’s Based on the Play by William Shakespeare series (based on Romeo and Juliet).
Boom! (1968), showing April 14, rated PG: A cult classic which may well be the worst film either Elizabeth Taylor or Richard Burton ever made. A millionaire woman (Elizabeth Taylor) lives isolated on her own island with only her servants and nurses. Her seclusion is disrupted by the arrival of a penniless poet (Richard Burton). Typical Taylor/Burton sparks ensue.
Double feature The Extraordinary Voyage (2011) and A Trip to the Moon (1902): George Méliès was creating special effects spectaculars decades before Steven Spielberg was even born. Today, he is best known for his short film A Trip to the Moon. Even if you don’t know the film’s title or the name George Méliès you’ve doubtlessly seen clips of Trip to the Moon. This double feature combines a newly restored version of the film with a 60 minute documentary about the restoration.