October 2, 2012

MOVIEGOERS HAVE A STARK CHOICE TO MAKE THURSDAY NIGHT, Breitbart News notes:

They can watch a whimsical tale of Dracula and his teen daughter (“Hotel Transylvania”), see a pair of cops working the beat (“End of Watch”) or witness one of Hollywood’s greatest epics back on the big screen where it belongs.

The 1962 classic “Lawrence of Arabia” returns to theaters for one day this week, part of a promotional effort to mark the film’s Nov. 13 Blu-ray release.

“Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Event: Digitally Restored” will play at 7 p.m. Thursday along with special matinees in select theaters.

You younger readers might not realize this, but prior to the collapse of midcentury liberalism in the late 1960s, there were opportunities to see epic films such as Lawrence that didn’t insult their viewers intelligence, and delivered blockbuster action, without men in spaceships or superhero costumes.

This 2003 Terry Teachout article from the Wall Street Journal is an excellent introduction to the joys of midcentury Middlebrow Culture.

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