JUST THE TYPE OF DE PALMA/ARGENTO PAIRING YOU MIGHT EXPECT AT A TARANTINO-OWNED THEATER
"While our allotment of advance tickets has sold out online, some additional tickets will be available to purchase at the door on a first come, first served basis on the night of the show." So reads a blurb at the top of the description of the New Beverly Cinema's double feature of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise and Dario Argento's Suspiria. All three nights sold out weeks ago. This is very much the type of film-pairing one might expect at a theater owned by Quentin Tarantino. The 35mm print of Phantom Of The Paradise being projected on these nights is most likely the one donated to the theater by Guillermo del Toro. Chris Crofton tweeted a streetview pic from last night's screening:
Thursday, January 17, 2019DEL TORO DONATES 35MM 'PHANTOM' PRINT TO NEW BEV
RIAN JOHNSON & EDGAR WRIGHT POST RESPONSES TO GUILLERMO'S TWEET
Earlier today, Guillermo del Toro tweeted the image above with the following message:I love this film (Phantom of the Paradise) so much that I bought a great 35mm print. I then donated it to the @newbeverly cinema. Hopefully they'll program it soon!
Rian Johnson then responded, "I have never seen this movie and am waiting until I can see it on the big screen. Soooooo....."
And then Edgar Wright jumped in: "But how many times have I gone on about?"
Rian Johnson: "I blame you for all of this."
Edgar Wright: "My first ever programming at the @newbeverly was a double bill of Bugsy Malone & Phantom Of The Paradise with a @IMPaulWilliams Q&A (and a secret midnight of Ishtar). I'm not sure I ever topped it."
New Bevery Cinema to Rian Johnson: "This is very exciting to hear! I can’t imagine a better way to see it for the first time."(The New Beverly, of course, is owned by Quentin Tarantino, but I don't know who tweets on the New Bev's behalf.)
Aaron Stewart-Ahn, co-screenwriter of last year's Mandy, responded to del Toro's initial tweet, writing, "The Academy archival print is so effin gorgeous and such a highlight of how prints even of films from that era and stocks can hold saturation and inky blacks." Stewart-Ahn also retweeted del Toro's tweet, adding, "One of the most underrated movies ever."