Update Aug. 9: The screening of “The Shining” is replaced by “A Clockwork Orange.”
A maniacal, axe-wielding Jack Nicholson. Malcolm McDowell can no longer control himself and his “cure” makes him kneel and lick some guy’s leather boot. Audrey Hepburn speaking in a Cockney accent. A master swordsman dueling with an anonymous ronin to save a mountain village.
Some of these memorable scenes from all-time classic films will show on the big screen at a vintage standalone theater, which will be running a World Class Cinema program every month until the end of 2019.
So what’s on in August? It’s Pather Panchali, a Bengali-language drama circling around a poor priest who leaves his rural village for a better life. The film, produced by the then government of West Bengal, is considered the first Indian film that places India on the international cinema map. The movie will screen at noon on August 18.
The next screening will take place on September 15: Stanley Kubrick’s
suspenseful The Shining A Clockwork Orange will be back on the big screen. The dystopian crime movie sees an imprisoned sadistic gang leader who volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, before things start going very, very wrong.
Musical fans, here’s your chance to sing along with a movie — on November 17, the cinema will show My Fair Lady, which premiered 55 years ago and won the Oscar for Best Picture. The film stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison and involves around a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from a phonetics professor, as well as an education in etiquette, so that she can act as someone of high society.
The program this year ends on December 28 with Akira Kurosawa’s black-and-white Seven Samurai, one of the most badass films ever made in Japan. While the plot is simple — seven samurais help protect townspeople from bandits — the film has been highly praised throughout the decades for its impressive battle scenes, superb editing techniques and groundbreaking visual style.
All films will be screened with Thai subtitles. Tickets are THB120, THB140 and THB160 and can be purchased in advance at Scala Theatre. The 50-year-old standalone cinema is located on Soi Siam Square 1 and can be reached from BTS Siam.
The World Class Cinema program is organized by the Thai Film Archive, the national film archive operating under the Fine Arts Department. Last year it showed classic films such as The Exorcist, which is still held up by many as the scariest movie of all time, and Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
World Class Cinema program
Soi Siam Square 1