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The Projectionist (1970)

GP | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 5 June 1975 (UK)
A projectionist bored with his everyday life begins fantasizing about his being one of the superheroes he sees in the movies he shows.

Director:

Harry Hurwitz

Writer:

Harry Hurwitz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck McCann ... Projectionist / Captain Flash
Ina Balin ... The Girl
Rodney Dangerfield ... Renaldi / The Bat
Jára Kohout ... Candy Man / Scientist
Harry Hurwitz Harry Hurwitz ... Friendly Usher
Mike Gentry Mike Gentry ... Usher / Henchman (as Michael Gentry)
Lucky Kargo Lucky Kargo ... Usher / Henchman
David Holliday David Holliday ... Fat Man / Bat's Henchman
Sam Stewart Sam Stewart ... Usher / Henchman
Alex Stevens ... Usher / Henchman
Robert Lee ... Usher / Henchman
Stephen Philips Stephen Philips ... Minister
Morocco Morocco ... Belly Dancer
Clara Rosenthal Clara Rosenthal ... Crazy Lady
Jacqueline Glenn Jacqueline Glenn ... Nude on Bearskin
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A projectionist working in a New York City cinema loves the "movie" aspect of his job - he is often doing impersonations of his favorite movie stars in scenes from his favorite movies, and he has movie posters plastered all over his bedroom walls - but he hates his dictatorial boss, Renaldi, who has strict and often unreasonable rules in how he runs the establishment. The projectionist is basically a solitary man, partly due to the nature of his work. As such, he has much time to think about his favorite movies. Sometimes, he fantasizes that he is a character in a movie, a super hero named Captain Flash. In these fantasies, he references many of the movies that he has seen. But the two constants in the fantasies are Captain Flash's battles against his arch enemy, the Bat (who resembles Renaldi), who is portrayed as someone who wants to take over the world much like Adolf Hitler, and Captain Flash saving "the girl", who resembles a real life girl the projectionist admires from afar. Written by Huggo

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The true story of the mild mannered projectionist, Chuck McCann, who knew in his heart that he was actually CAPTAIN FLASH - The fabled crime fighter.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Trivia

The marquee of the theatre "The Projectionist" works at lists the film itself as the film that is playing . . . in other words, the film "Now Showing" is indeed the film "Now Showing". See more »

Connections

Features Footlight Parade (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Arabian Belly Dance
(uncredited)
Music by John Leach
KPM Music Ltd
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Half-cocked headtrip wih an early 70's vibe
11 January 2004 | by Zontar-2See all my reviews

When not goofing off, the titular yutz daydreams of being a silent film superhero. Parts of the score are cribbed from old serials, and scenes are lifted from features of the 20's thru 50's. One wonders how John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart would react to seeing their work intermingled with clips of war atrocities and grindhouse dancers. Chuck McCann's character is immensely likeable when he dwells in the present, but his superhero mugs like the class clown you always despised. Released on VHS in 1986 to capitalize on Rodney Dangerfield's (straight) supporting role.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Filmvorführer See more »

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