Monday, September 22

Repertory Series ArchiveA Tribute to Robin Williams


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(1980) dir Robert Altman w/Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Paul L. Smith [114 min; DCP]
After making it big on Mork & Mindy, Robin Williams landed an amazing opportunity – starring as Popeye in a big screen version of the classic cartoon character. What could go wrong? Well, as it turned out, the world wasn’t ready for a chaotic, Robert-Altman-helmed, live-action cartoon musical and it never became the blockbuster it was supposed to be. Fortunately, it has aged well and we can now enjoy the spot-on casting, the off-the-wall staging and the brilliant score by Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks.

“Most Robin Williams movies are exactly that – they’re movies about Robin Williams, built around an explication of his outsized public persona. POPEYE, by the great Robert Altman, is a bit of an outlier in this regard. Williams plays the titular sailor with eccentric aplomb, but he rarely serves as the sole focus of his own movie’s frames. That’s thanks to the aforementioned auteur. For Altman, each actor was but a color he could smear onto his images; and though he seldom obtained a splash of paint as vibrant as Robin Williams, he never allows the performer to overwhelm the film itself.” Jake Mulligan takes a walk around the cinematic landscapes of Robert Altman’s POPEYE in his essay for Brattle Film Notes. Read More


Click a showtime to purchase tickets:

  • POPEYE, Monday 9/22 at 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 PM
  • THE FISHER KING, Tuesday 9/23 at 4:15, 7:00, 9:45 PM
  • THE DEAD POETS SOCIETY, Wednesday 9/24 at 7:00 PM (double feature)
  • GOOD WILL HUNTING, Wednesday 9/24 at 4:30, 9:30 PM (double feature)
  • HOOK, Thursday 9/25 at 6:30 PM (single feature)
  • INSOMNIA, Thursday 9/25 at 9:30 PM (single feature)

Tickets $10, Students $8 w/valid ID, Seniors/Children <12 $7. Shows before 5pm are $8 general admission. Double Features $12, $10 Students, Seniors & Children <12. Brattle passes accepted at all shows. Brattle passes are good for Double Feature admission.


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