RARE CHANCE TO SEE EARLY DE PALMA FILM IN 35MM PRINT, PROGRAMMED BY TARANTINO
Beginning tonight, and through this upcoming weekend, Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema will celebrate the Orson Welles centennial with several Welles-related films. Welles was born 100 years ago today. Included in the series will be a midnight showing this Saturday (May 9) of Brian De Palma's first studio feature, Get To Know Your Rabbit, in which Welles appears as a tap-dancing magician instructor. Warner Bros. eventually fired De Palma from the film and locked him out of the editing room, but thankfully, De Palma had already begun his no-coverage shooting method, creating passages of film that stand today as unmistakably De Palma-esque, both in style and tone. Also, the casting of Allen Garfield marks a nice throughline continuation of comic absurdity from De Palma's Greetings, to Hi, Mom!, and then to Rabbit.
It is not certain whether the 35mm print of Get To Know Your Rabbit will be from Tarantino's own private collection, or is being provided by the Warner Bros. archives. Thompson on Hollywood's Anne Thompson reports that since Tarantino took over programming the New Beverly, it has been a success, and that Tarantino, with help from three managers, is still very much in charge of programming, even while he continues to shoot his new movie, The Hateful Eight. Thompson writes, "One of [Tarantino's] producers, Coco Francini, reached out to tell me that he's been able to move beyond his own collection--which accounts for about 50 % of the programming-- to pull amazing prints of films people had not seen in a long time from the Paramount and Warner Bros. archives, among others. He programs 90% of the films shown at the New Beverly, enjoying taking breaks from filming to figure out which films go together, she said. Getting art to go with the prints can be a challenge, however."
(Thanks to Matthew!)