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POLLY PLATT

June at the Trylon

On her podcast You Must Remember This last year, Karina Longworth discussed the late production designer, producer, and screenwriter Polly Platt. Relying on Platt’s unpublished memoir, Longworth revealed the vital influence that Platt had on some of the best films of her time, informing them with her brilliant sense of space and design and her uncanny eye for talent. Join us, won’t you?

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Starts Fri, June 4

TARGETS

(1968, 35mm, 90m) dir Peter Bogdanovich w/Boris Karloff, Tim O’Kelly, Arthur Peterson. Byron Orlok (Karloff) is an aging horror-film star doing a personal appearance at a drive-in theater that comes under assault by a deranged Vietnam vet. When producer Roger Corman tasked Bogdanovich with re-using 20 minutes from an earlier Karloff movie, the director’s then-wife, Platt, wrote the story and did the costumes. The biting film that resulted was Karloff’s last. FRI 7:00 SAT 9:15 SUN 3:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, June 4

PAPER MOON

(1973, DCP, 102m) dir Peter Bogdanovich w/Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Madeline Kahn. Depression-era con man Moses Pray (O’Neal) travels the Midwest in search of easy marks. At the funeral of a woman he knew, he agrees to drive her daughter, Addie, to St. Joseph, Missouri. Production and costume designer Platt chose Ryan O’Neal’s nine-year-old daughter, Tatum, to play Addie—and she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. FRI 9:00 SAT 7:00 SUN 5:00 7:15

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Starts Fri, June 11

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

(1971, 35mm, 118m) dir Peter Bogdanovich w/Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms. Set in a dying Texas town in 1951, this landmark film, based on the late Larry McMurtry’s 1966 novel, came to life after Platt recommended the book to husband Bogdanovich. She created the memorable production design and costumes. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:30 SUN 3:00 5:30 8:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, June 18

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT 

(1983, DCP, 132m) dir James L. Brooks w/Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson. Terms follows the complicated relationship of mother Aurora (MacLaine) and daughter Emma (Winger) as they navigate life, together and separately. Platt’s production design and keen eye became central to Brooks’s first cinematic effort, helping make this film one of the 1980s’ best. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:30 SUN 3:00 5:30 8:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, June 25

BOTTLE ROCKET

(1996, DCP, 91m) dir Wes Anderson w/Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ned Dowd. Anthony (L. Wilson) returns home after a nervous breakdown and joins his friend Dignan (O. Wilson) in a preposterous attempted crime spree. Superbly funny, Bottle Rocket launched Wes Anderson’s career, and would not have been made without the support of co-producer Platt, who championed the project to the studio. FRI 7:00 SAT 9:00 SUN 3:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, June 25

SAY ANYTHING

(1989, DCP, 100m) dir Cameron Crowe w/John Cusack, Ione Skye, Lily Taylor, John Mahoney.  Brainy Diane (Skye) and slacker Lloyd (Cusack) fall for each other in the summer after their senior year of high school. But soon they’ll need to go their own ways. Producer Platt shepherded Crowe’s directorial debut at every stage and helped create one of the best-loved of all teen films. FRI 9:00 SAT 7:00 SUN 5:00 7:00

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