Paramount Pictures, founded in 1912 as the Famous Players Film Company, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To mark this milestone, Museum of the Moving Image will present a month-long film series, from today, June 2 through July 1, 2012, featuring sixteen films produced by Paramount during one of its greatest decades. The films will be shown in archival 35mm prints and digital restorations provided by the studio.
The series, Paramount in the 1970s, focuses on the artistically rich decade when directors and writers such as Hal Ashby, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Elaine May, Roman Polanski, and John Schlesinger emerged with their distinctive visions amid the rubble of the collapsed studio system. The Museum’s series includes works from all of these filmmakers as well as some of the most iconic and popular films of the era. The series opens with a double feature of Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part 2 (1974) on the weekend of June 2 and 3. Other titles include Harold and Maude (1971), Paper Moon (1973), A New Leaf (1971), The Warriors (1979), Chinatown (1974), The Tenant (1976), Marathon Man(1976), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), The Conversation (1974), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Nashville(1975), Days of Heaven (1978), and The Elephant Man (1980).
“Part of Paramount’s longevity has come from its ability to respond to social change and make films that capture the zeitgeist of their times,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator. “We are pleased to present some of Paramount’s most important films from the 1970s on the big screen as they were meant to be seen. These are some of the great achievements of contemporary American cinema.”
Tickets for films are included with paid Museum admission ($12 adults / $9 seniors citizens and college students / $6 children 3-17) and free for Museum members.