Just after the recent success of their Stanley Kubrick mini-retrospective that included A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Shining, O Cinema Miami Beach is delivering yet another retrospective of a well-known filmmaker this month.
Kicking off tomorrow, June 26, the filmmaker of choice is the man who pretty much established the way the world would see summer blockbusters from the '70s and on. That man: Steven Spielberg. Whether or not you think he's overrated, Spielberg has made more classics than probably any other contemporary director.
Regardless of the quality of some of his later works (we’re looking at you, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), there’s little that needs to be said about a filmmaker as established and popular as Spielberg. His earlier works almost always prove to be an entertaining ride and offer an endless buffet of cinematic variety.
“Like many people of my generation, the films of Steven Spielberg marked my youth,” says Kareem Tabsch, director of O Cinema. “When we realized that Jaws was turning 40 we knew we had to commemorate the occasion and we thought what better way to do so then with a week long retrospective of Spielberg's modern classics back on the big screen.”
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And the retrospective includes a grand total of six of his films, all presented on DCP in 2K digital projection. The films included are Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Schindler’s List.
“For many of us, his films are synonymous with summer movie-going,” Tabsch adds. “So the O Cinema team wanted to give audiences an opportunity to experience these films and introduce them to their families and friends who may have never seen them.”
The weekend features four of the six films, with the remaining two following as one-night-only showings during the week. Jaws and Jurassic Park are the first of the bunch, showing on both Friday and Saturday. So everyone popping out of Jurassic World can comfortably slip into a seat here and see the superior work that kicked it all off. Following that is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark on Saturday and Sunday. Close Encounters of the Third Kind plays Monday, June 29, and the event closes out with the free screening of Schindler’s List on Tuesday, June 30.