Kubrick films hit the big screen in Moose Jaw

Nathan Liewicki
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Attendance increased each of the five nights: Higgins

Five opportunities to see Stanley Kubrick-directed films on the big screen at the Mae Wilson Theatre has come and gone.

Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC) Marketing Co-ordinator Mandy Higgins believed the shows were very successful.

“It was exciting to see people come out to enjoy the films by such a legendary director who had such a big influence on film making in cinema,” Higgins told the Times-Herald Sunday.

The five films – Spartacus, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for only $5 per seat, per show.

According to Higgins, the crowds grew larger each night. The largest crowd of all happened to be the finale: Dr. Strangelove, which happened to be a happy coincidence.

“What was especially nice about there being the highest attendance on the last night is that Dr. Strangelove was released 50 years ago this week,” said Higgins. “We didn't know that when we booked Kubrickfest.”

She acknowledged that there were plenty of positive comments surrounding Kubrickfest, including that there is an appreciation for the works of certain directors.

“People were happy to see his stuff on the big screen, especially 2001: A Space Odyssey,” Higgins said. “That really was a movie meant to be seen on the big screen.”

Although Kubrickfest was not the first director-laded film festival the MJCC has put on – an Alfred Hitchcock film festival was put on in Sept. 2012 – Higgins said there are plans for two more movie weeks scheduled for later this year. 

She would not divulge when they would be held, or what films they might be shown, but it won’t be long until they are here. 

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Marketing Co

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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