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The 2014 Paramount Summer Film Series is here!

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

“A 75th Anniversary Tribute to 1939” is the theme for this year’s summer film classic series at the Paramount and Stateside theaters. For the 39th year the theaters welcome more than 110 classic films into the historic venues, featuring treasured favorites, restored prints and new discoveries. All films screening at the Paramount are presented in 35mm; all films at the Stateside are presented in digital HD.

“The Wizard of Oz,” one of the biggest movies of 1939, will open the series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Paramount. Film Fan members will be treated to an opening night party at 6 p.m. before the Thursday screening with free beer/wine/popcorn and free admission. The 7 p.m. May 23 screening will be a special family night with kids 12 and younger getting in for half-price.

This year, “Gone With the Wind,” the other biggest movie of 1939, will screen Dec. 15, the day of the 75th anniversary of the film’s world premiere, rather than during the summer.

William Wyler’s “Wuthering Heights” with Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier and David Niven screens at 4 p.m May 24 and 4:35 p.m. May 25 at the Paramount. George Cukor’s “The Women,” with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell, screens at 6:05 p.m. May 24 and 2 p.m. May 25.

Other 1939 films screening May 27 to 29 include “Destry Rides Again,” “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” “Dark Victory” and “Of Mice and Men.”

A few other highlights and themes:

A “Sound of Music” sing-along May 31 and June 1.

John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath” and Preston Sturges’ “Sullivan’s Travels” June 3 and 4.

From the TCM Classic Film Festival, the rarely screened “Bachelor Mother” and the 1949 version of “The Great Gatsby” with Alan Ladd on June 7 and 8.

Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant learn that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover in “The Shop Around the Corner” and Arsenic and Old Lace” June 10 and 11

John Hughes and John Candy get a tribute June 12 and 13 with screenings of “Uncle Buck” and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” while Harold Ramis is celebrated the same dates with “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Stripes.”

“From Russia with Love,” “Goldfinger,” “Goldeneye” and “The Spy Who Loved Me” will screen over Father’s Day weekend June 14 and 15. (What, no “Man With the Golden Gun”?)

Two of the best documentaries ever made, “Salesman” and “The Times of Harvey Milk” June 16 and 17.

June 18 and 19 feature musicals such as “Singin’ In the Rain,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Annie.”

June 22 gets you “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II.”

There’s a bucket of Orson Welles on June 23 and 24: “Citizen Kane,” Carol Reed’s “The Third Man,” in which Welles plays a wonderful role, “Macbeth” and “Touch of Evil.”

Old School Superhero movies with “Superman” and “Batman,” both at Paramount and June 25 and 26.

New York, New York is explored in “Arthur” (the 1981 original) “The Last Days of Disco and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” June 27 and 29.

“The Staggering Ascent of John Travolta” is chronicled June 30 and July 1 with screenings of “Grease,” “Saturday Night Fever” and the Brian De Palma films “Blow Out” (no, not about cutting hair) and “Carrie.”

Four more from the ’40s: “The Pride of the Yankees” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” paired with the gloriously gorgeous “Black Narcissus” and Yasujiro Ozu’s classic “Late Spring” screen July 2 and 3.

Liz Taylor takes the screen in “National Velvet” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” along with women who really shouldn’t be roommates, which is kind of a hilarious way to package Robert Aldrich’s weirdo classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” with Ingmar Bergman’s exceptionally intense “Persona.” All of this is July 5 and 6.

There’s shockingly beautiful on display in Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Michael Powell’s “The Red Shoes” July 8 and 9.

From July 10 to 13, the series highlights movies about World War I in conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center, including “The African Queen,” “Gallipoli, “The Big Parade” and a 70mm print of “Lawrence of Arabia.”

The amazing and enigmatic Montgomery Clift is highlighted July 15 and 16 in “Red River” and “The Heiress”

July 17 to 22 is all about groundbreaking 1960s Westerns. “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Misfits” are joined by Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy: “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More” and the almighty “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne stops in at 7 p.m. July 20 to present a film of his choosing (to be named soon) and discuss it afterwards.

Semi-noir? Quasi-noir? Michael Curtiz’s “Mildred Pierce” and Jacques Tourneur’s “Cat People” are being shown July 21 and 22.

A bit of Streisand on July 23 and 24: “The Way We Were” and “Funny Girl.”

Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam hosts Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green’s modern classic “George Washington” July 25.

The 25th anniversary of 1989 July 27 to Aug 1 with Ron Howard’s underrated “Parenthood,” the baseball-ish “Field of Dreams,” Spike Le’s immortal “Do the Right Thing,” Michael Moore’s “Roger and Me,” “Back to the Future Part II” and the completely awesome “Road House,” perhaps the very peak of Patrick Swayze.

Roger Ebert is memorialized July 31 and Aug. 1 with two of his favorite movies: Terry Zweigoff’s “Crumb” and Alex Proyas’ “Dark City.”

More 1940s on tap Aug 2 and 2 with two bulletproof date movies: “Casablanca” and “The Philadelphia Story” before we go into the 1950s Aug. 6 and 7 with “All About Eve” and “The Bad and the Beautiful.”

Two of Charlie Chaplin’s most beloved comedies Aug. 9 and 10: “The Great Dictator” and “Modern Times.”

A double shot of 1950s Marlon Brando Aug. 12 and 13 with “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “On the Waterfront.”

It’s Hitchcock week Aug. 12 to 17 with a murderer’s row of “Rebecca,” “Notorious,” “Psycho,” “Vertigo,” “Rope,” “The Trouble With Harry,” “North By Northwest.” “the Birds,” “Frenzy” and “Family Plot.” (Um…no “Shadow of a Doubt?” Yeah, I said it! Come at me!)

Aug. 18 to 25 is all ’50s all the time, from “Diabolique,” “Strangers on a Train, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “Forbidden Planet” t0 Ozu’s “Tokyo Story, Kurosawa’s “Ikiru,” the Westerns “High Noon” and “the Quiet Man,” plus “Bell, Book and Candle” and “An American in Paris.”

Aug. 26 and 31 is a treat for serious film nerds: 70 mm week, with “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “Spartacus” and the let’s-face-it-not-all-that-hot-but-neat-looking “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

Two personal favorites from programmer Stephen Jannise Sept. 3 and 4: Douglas Sirk’s “All That Heaven Allows” and Charles Laughton’s “The Night of the Hunter,” each one in its own unique was one of the weirdest movies of the 1950s.

And the grand finale comes Sept. 6 and 7 with the Texas classic known as “Giant.”

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