The crowd was definitely into it. They applauded a few times during the screening and again at the end of the film. Not a TCM Classic Film Festival audience, mind you, but better than the other Fathom Events screenings I've been to lately. Most of the applause was for Toto, but I'll take what I can get. There were a handful of kids in the theater who were too young for the film or possibly for the theater-going experience. Still, you kind of have to expect that with a film like The Wizard of Oz.
I know that a lot of people in the classic film community don't like that Fathom Events shows as many modern classics as they do. While I agree to a point, of the fourteen films they are showing in 2019, I've only seen six in the theater. The breakdown by decade is as follows:
- 1930s – 1
- 1950s – 1
- 1960s – 5
- 1970s – 2
- 1980s – 4
- 1990s – 1
I honestly don't have an issue with the newer films. I tend be a bit more generous in with the age parameters of what is a classic than most classic film fans. If people come out for The Shawshank Redemption and realize that they can see, The Godfather Part II, isn't that a good thing? The Godfather Part II, by the way, is one of the ones I haven't seen in the theater. I'm in my mid-fifties, but I was only 12 when it came out. I didn't get to see many R-Rated movies at 12.
If I have a complaint, I would just like to see them dig a little deeper. I would love to see them play something like Strangers on a Train or Stalag 17 or Pillow Talk. Still, it's a getting betting. Many of the films are being shown three days instead of two. I'm going to call that a win for classic film.
I am looking forward to seeing My Fair Lady next month, another film that I have not seen on the big screen. I had a chance to see it in the theater on a re-release with my mom and sister, when I was about twelve. Being twelve, and male, I said, "Nah, I don't want to see a musical." I'm glad I'm getting to rectify that soon.
Earlier this week, I heard that The Wizard of Oz made over a million dollars in ticket sales on Sunday. Not bad for an 80-year old movie. It was just $40,000 shy cracking the top 20 for the weekend. Again, not bad. While I was writing this post, I noticed that they added two more Encore screenings on Sunday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 5. If you missed it, you have another chance.