FOLLOWING on from Panama’s hugely successful International Film Festival (IFF), and the showing of locally produced movies at Cannes , including a special performance of Hands of Stone to honor actor Robert De Niro, it is now the turn of some of the films that have come to be regarded as “classics”
In the glory days of “westerns” the themes were goodies like Gary Cooper and John Wayne winning out over the baddies. With rare exceptions they have disappeared from most collective memories while Cinema stories focused on mobsters, gang leaders and other bad guys you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley, have lived on.
During the Months of May and June some of the villains you love to hate will be back on the Panamanian billboard in Multicenter Cineplex.
The full list is: Pulp Fiction (1994), directed by Quentin Tarantino; Casino (1995) and Goodfellas (1990), both from Martin Scorsese; and The Godfather (1972) by Francis Ford Coppola.
They will be presented in the framework of the ninth season of Classics, each year with a selection of cult films of different genres.
Casino, based on the book by Nicholas Pileggi, about the rise and fall of the manager of a Mafia casino in Las Vegas, USA, is the first in theaters. It began to project on May 7 and repeated on the 11th and has three more showings on May , 14, 15 and 18.
Goodfellas, also based on a book by Pileggi about the life of a group of Brooklyn criminals, will be screened on May 21, 22, 25, 28 and 29 and on June 1.
The Godfather, considered one of the all-time greats in the history of cinema, stars Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, and will be shown June 4, 5, 8, 11, 12 and 15.
The last criminal classic is Pulp Fiction, starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson It will be screened on June 18, 19, 22, 25, 26 and 29
So gird up and head for a trip down a gritty memory lane when the bad guys were money spinners both in real life and for the movie industry.