Academy Classics Series

In a move that signals that it may be becoming Auckland’s (and maybe New Zealand’s?) only current repertory cinema, the Academy Cinema has begun a programme of classic films, starting with possibly the most ‘classic’ of all, Casablanca. Michael Curtiz’s film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman screens at 5pm on Saturday the 9th, and at 3.30pm on Sunday the 10th.

The 1963 romantic mystery Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Mathau and James Coburn, screens at 4.20pm and 6.30pm on the 7th, and 6.30pm on the 8th.

Marlon Brando screams “Stella!” at 2.30pm and 7pm on the 9th, 1.15pm and 6pm on the 10th, and 7pm on the 12th and 13th of April in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Then, at 7pm on the 14th, he goes to Paris and begins an affair with a young woman in Bernardo Bertolucci’s once-controversial 1972 masterpiece Last Tango in Paris.

Starting at 6.30pm on the 15th, Brando stars alongside the last movie star, the late Elizabeth Taylor, in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye.

The Wizard of Oz comes back for the school holidays, screening at 2pm on the 18th and 19th, and 6.25pm on the 20th.

Last, but certainly not least, the Academy will revive late-night showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show from Friday the 15th.

Aside from Charade and The Wizard of Oz (which screen from an HD source), all films are screened from 35mm prints. Times and dates are correct at time of posting, but are subject to change: keep an eye on the Academy’s Facebook page for future announcements. (Enter the Dragon, and An American in Paris have just popped up in the cinema website’s “Coming Soon” section…) There’s also a Sunday Movie Night Club that organises screenings at the Academy’s sister theatre, the Devonport Picture Palace.