|The Olivier of Spoofs:" A Tribute
to Leslie Nielsen
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When actor Leslie Nielsen died in November, he left behind a rich
and diverse legacy of work. Before he became a modern comedy icon, Nielsen was a
journeyman actor with hundreds of impressive credits on stage, television, and film. He
started out as a disc jockey, and then studied at the prestigious Actor's Studio before
appearing in episodes of everything from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" to
"The Fugitive;" he was thus already a TV veteran when he gave his seminal
performance on the big screen in FORBIDDEN PLANET. That film, along with later
movies like AIRPLANE! (for which Roger Ebert dubbed Nielsen the "Olivier of
spoofs") and the riotous THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD!, will
screen at the Cinematheque as a tribute to this beloved thespian.
Friday, February 25 7:30 PM
FORBIDDEN PLANET, 1956, Warner Bros., 98 min. Dir.
Fred Wilcox. The film that launched a thousand (space) ships, this big-budget science
fiction blockbuster is a space opera with its roots in Freud, Jung and Shakespeare.
Starring Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen (as the prototype for Captain Kirk) and the
beautiful, future Miss Honey West (Anne Francis) as the mini-skirt-wearing, skinny-dipping
object of all the men's affection. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets
Saturday, February 26 7:30 PM
Double Feature: D.C.P! AIRPLANE! 1980, Paramount, 88 min. Dir. Jim Abrahams, David
Zucker, Jerry Zucker. After an airplanes crew becomes ill in flight, the survival of
everyone on board depends on former Navy pilot Ted Stryker (Robert Hays). Will he be able
to safely land the plane? The quintessential movie spoof that spawned an entire genre of
parody films, the original still holds up as one of the brightest comedic gems of the
1980s. [DCP] Trailer
THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD!, 1988,
Paramount, 85 min. Dir. David Zucker. Leslie Nielsen is sheer comic perfection as Frank
Drebin, a detective as confident as he is incompetent. In his attempts to save the Queen
of England from an assassination plot, he inadvertently wreaks havoc all over Los Angeles.
[35mm] Discussion between films with David Zucker.
still need to contact Abrahams? Trailer | Buy