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POPEYE in 35mm
Music Box Theatre
Chicago, IL
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POPEYE in 35mm
Monday, May 22 @ 7:15 PM / Music Box Theatre
Directed by Robert Altman  1980
Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall are Popeye and Olive Oyl in this unlikely and sublime live-action adaptation of the timeless Fleischer Studios cartoons. Paramount went all out on their 1980 mega-production, which involved building an entire village in Malta (Popeye Village still exists as a tourist attraction), though domestic grosses fell significantly short of expectations. Producer Robert Evans hoped to tame the barbarous Robert Altman as he had Roman Polanski (CHINATOWN) and Francis Ford Coppola (THE GODFATHER), but this was not the right film. Long overlooked in favor of more serious Altman pictures, POPEYE, writes Scott Tobias, is like a family-friendly re-imagining of McCABE & MRS. MILLER, moving the same mud-caked, dilapidated town from the Pacific Northwest to the Mediterranean seas without losing the anti-capitalist sentiment in the process. The result is both heartfelt and manic, and exceedingly faithful to the original work. Why cant all comic book movies be this great? With music by Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks (later used to great effect in Paul Thomas Andersons PUNCH DRUNK LOVE). Screening in a one-of-a-kind 35mm print from the Robert Altman Collection at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. (JA)
114 min  Paramount Pictures  35mm from UCLA, Permission Paramount
Cartoon: Popeye the Sailor in Goonland (Dave Fleischer, 1938)  16mm  8 min
Co-sponsored by CHIRP  Chicago Independent Radio Project


Music Box Theatre (View)
3733 N Southport
Chicago, IL 60613
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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