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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.

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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

References Robbery (1967) See more »

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Mechanical Pattern
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Music by Ib Glindemann
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In the mainstream of movies that tear down the screen
20 April 2002 | by petelushSee all my reviews

There have been movies before and after The Projectionist that tear down film's equivalent of Theatre's fourth wall by lifting the barrier between the movie and the real world. Buster Keaton did it most brilliantly in Sherlock Jr. (1924, 44 mins., also featuring a projectionist), and Woody Allen pulled off a reversal (character steps out of the screen) in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). Steve Martin duked it out with Cagney and others in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). The Projectionist is an amusing and annoying combination of a sweet schlub played by Chuck McCann, very reminiscent of John Candy, Rodney Dangerfield's film debut as a dictatorial movie theatre manager given to delivering incredible dressing-down speeches at his hapless ushers (shades of Full Metal Jacket), a nostalgic look at Times Square before it became "Times Square", and a melding of our hero with his screen idols, including his eye-popping drop-in at Rick's Cafe Americain. So what's to be annoyed at? A running super-hero theme is weak, and once you realize it will return again and again it's stomach tightening time while you anticipate the enjoyable sequences being interrupted by this underwritten motif. But without question The Projectionist is not to be missed in a time when imagination has been sucked out of Hollywood. And so I appreciated this film last night even more than when I saw it in a theatre 31 years ago, not excluding a hilarious trailer for a faux end-of-the-world flick that's a little too predictive of 9/11 for comfort.


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Language:

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Release Date:

5 June 1975 (UK) See more »

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Der Filmvorführer See more »

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