The Charles announces this summer's revival series, including 'Escape From New York,' early John Waters movie 'Multiple Maniacs,' more

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Last month, the Senator announced its new, extensive summer revivals series with a focus on crowd-pleasing classics and visual stunners that'll look great on the theater's massive screen. I said it was "essentially a Film 101 class, really." And if that's the case, then consider this summer's Charles revival series a 200-level class, or maybe even some kind of disparate 300-level seminar of cult cinema and art house deep cuts from around the globe. Here's the full list: "Eva Hesse," "Kings of the Road," "Bicycle Thieves," "Ugly, Dirty, and Bad," "I Knew Her Well," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," "Escape From New York," "Dragon Inn," "Our Man In Havana," "Carrie," "Black Girl," "Heaven Can Wait," "Rear Window," "Donnie Darko," "Fat City," "Sexy Beast," "Multiple Maniacs," and "The Conversation."

Some really cool stuff here, including a documentary on artist Eva Hesse to follow up this week's screening of "Hockney" and an interesting decision to essentially establish an 'aughts canon of its own, with the inclusion of "Donnie Darko" and "Sexy Beast." If you want my recommendations, I'd say go with the cynical, absurd, rogue male futurism of John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" (Carpenter's "Big Trouble In Little China" plays at the Senator this summer, by the way); John Huston's scrappy, sad-as-hell boxer flick "Fat City," which is receiving a bit more attention right now thanks to the recent NYRB reissue of the Leonard Gardner novel it's based on (you can also see Huston's more famous "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" at the Charles this summer); and Ousmane Sembene's devastating Senegalese drama "Black Girl," about the soul-crushing indignities a Senegalese woman goes through while nannying for a French couple—as biting an indictment of French colonialism as "Battle of Algiers," released the next year; and John Waters' pre-"Pink Flamingos" movie, "Multiple Maniacs" which contains, among other things, a scene in which Divine is sexually assaulted by a giant lobster.

For the full schedule of the Charles' summer revivals click here.

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