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Jerusalem Cinematheque to Screen Movies on Purim

Mar 17, 2022

For people in the State of Israel, dressing up for Purim is a fun and much-awaited event. Therefore, the Jerusalem Cinematheque has decided to host a film marathon related to Purim, which will comprise of several classic movies regarding people in disguise. The marathon will take place on the 17th of March, and people are being encouraged to attend the screenings in various kinds of costumes, on account of Purim. As per the organizers, the movie marathon will start off with a 1939 classic of Mitchell Leisen, named Midnight. It stars Don Ameche and Claudette Colbert in a story related to an American chorus girl residing in Paris. 

She pretends that she is a princess, just so she can progress a couple of her carefully devised schemes. Various frequent collaborators got together to work on the script, such as Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder. Given that this movie rarely ever shows up at screenings, it is a golden opportunity to watch it on the big screen for all fans. A 1982 film by Sydney Pollack, Tootsie, will also be played at the screening. It is about an aspiring actor, who is unable to catch a break. However, he then decided to don on clothes belonging to women and rises to stardom in the world of soap opera. The movie is believed to be ahead of its time, but it is a delightful watch, as stated by many. 

For this movie, Jessica Lange was given an Oscar award for being the Best Supporting Actress. She plays the female soap opera star and has been deemed to be the right foil for Dustin Hoffman, the lead in the movie. The supporting cast for Tootsie includes a large number of actors, such as Teri Garr, Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Charles Durning, and Dabney Coleman. On the list of movies to be screened is also Working Girl, a 1988 film by Mike Nichols. It follows the life of a secretary, played by Melanie Griffith, who pretends to be an executive to climb the corporate ladder. She acts alongside costars, namely Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Harrison Ford, and Alec Baldwin. 

On the morning of 17th March, two programs for children will be held first. The first one being the Jungle Book by Disney, which will consist of the animated and original version dubbed into the Hebrew language, as well as Dr. Molecular. The latter is the character of a confused scientist, belonging to the Children’s Channel. Saturday night will feature the movie that is said to have inspired costumes, more so than any other film, specifically the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

A cult classic from 1975, this film was made by Richard O’Brein and Jim Sharman. It narrates the story of a seemingly innocent couple, who end up at the freak-filled hideaway of Dr. Frank-n-Furter. The cast of the movie includes Patricia Quinn, Meat Loaf, and Nell Campbell, whereas the lead has been taken by Tim Curry. For the event, the organizers have also given permission to the audience to come dressed up in costume and perform the Time Warp alongside the cast while the movie plays. 

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