Greetings, adventurous cinema lovers. It's time for our weekly look ahead at the most notable and/or unusual filmic offerings in the greater Savannah area over the next seven days.

Before we dig into those special engagements, allow me to offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone (especially Do Savannah readers) who came out to support the Psychotronic Film Society's big fundraising event this past Friday night, Nov. 10, at the Lucas Theatre. Well over 200 people - from teenagers to seniors - came out to witness the much-heralded 4K digital restoration of "Suspiria," the 1977 occult thriller from Italy's infamous master of suspense, writer-director Dario Argento.

The film looked and sounded as amazing as recent reviews had promised, and the ornate sets and dazzling production design of this fabled surreal horror flick were a perfect match for the beautifully restored décor of that 1920s movie palace. Plus, how cool was it that the daughter of one of the two men responsible for financing and overseeing the film's four-year-long archival restoration process was on hand that night to enjoy the movie?

A tip of the hat to both the venue's technical crew and its management team on a smooth-running and genuinely exhilarating experience for all concerned. Hopefully last week's show will serve as only the first of many more acclaimed Psychotronic cult films to grace the Lucas' stage and screen in the future.

Shakespeare ballet

Speaking of the Lucas, they have two more special, one-night-only cinema events taking place over the next few days. First up, on Nov. 19, is the live, high-definition stream of the revered Bolshoi Ballet's brand-new production of Dmitri Shostakovich's historical ballet "The Taming of the Shrew."

Choreographed by France's Jean-Christophe Maillot (who's not only received the coveted Nijinsky Award, but was also recently named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France's highest cultural honor), this "rowdy comedy" based on Shakespeare's play of the same name features Bolshoi principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov in the wry tale of the tumultuous courtship of Katherina and Petruchio. Often derided throughout the centuries since its stage debut as an unfortunately misogynistic story, "Shrew" remains generally beloved by the masses, and has served as the key inspiration for many subsequent retellings and homages, including Cole Porter's stage musical "Kiss Me, Kate" and the 1999 teen-oriented feature film "10 Things I Hate About You."

The whole event runs just over two hours, including a 20-minute short feature before the ballet with exclusive interviews with the dancers and a brief look at not only the historic Bolshoi Theatre, but also its Moscow home. Showtime is 7 p.m. It is also being streamed in high-def to both the Regal Stadium 10 multiplex behind the Savannah Mall and the Cinemark in nearby Bluffton, S.C., at 12:55 p.m. that same day, but their admission prices are as much as $15 higher than the Lucas'. As always, full info on admission prices for all Film Scene events can be found in the accompanying sidebar listings.

Love it or hate it

Two nights later, on Nov. 21, the Lucas streams another foreign, high-definition performance to its own stage: Britain's National Theatre Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical "Follies," which premiered on Broadway in 1971 and ran for over 500 performances, despite receiving middling reviews and losing money.

"Follies" won two handfuls of major awards in the early 1970s, including plenty of Drama Desks and Tonys, and it has been revived onstage numerous times in the ensuing decades, in a number of different countries. Still, the show is often derided for being inconsistent in pacing and tone, and is known for leaving audiences extremely polarized: generally speaking, they either love it or hate it.

This is the first time the National Theatre has mounted a production of this particular show, and, if you have never seen it for yourself, there could scarcely be a better opportunity, as tickets for this Lucas engagement go for as low as $5, or free of charge for any with valid SCAD ID. 7 p.m. showtime.

New opera in HD

In another offering of a digital simulcast of a live stage show, on Nov. 18 at both the Regal Stadium 10 and the Cinemark in Bluffton, Fathom Events presents the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD's new production of "The Exterminating Angel."

Not to be confused with an operatic adaptation of the campy 1985 exploitation flick of the same name (a sequel to 1984's awesome guilty late-period grindhouse pleasure "Angel"), this is the U.S. premiere of a very recent opera in three acts by British composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès. It debuted in 2016, and is a stage interpretation of the 1962 surrealist film of the same name written and directed by the great filmmaker Luis Buñuel ("Un Chien Andalou," "Belle de jour," "Simon of the Desert").

Hailed as an inventive operatic take on a famously provocative satirical film, in which a group of socialites and aristocrats descend into madness during a formal dinner party from which they are convinced they cannot escape, this English language production is especially notable for the fact that during a recent performance which took place just a few days ago, soprano Audrey Luna broke a world vocal record by singing an A note above a high C - a stunning physical feat that had never been accomplished at any prior point in the Met's 137-year history. Will she hit that same impossible note during this simulcast? Show up to find out. 12:55 p.m. showtime.

Berlin on Broadway

Two nights before "The Exterminating Angel," on Nov. 16 at the same two venues, Fathom will stream a previously recorded high-def presentation of Studio 54's production of Irving Berlin's joyous Broadway stage musical "Holiday Inn." This reimagining of the Oscar-winning movie musical omits a few scenes and songs, but adds other Berlin tunes and maintains the same crowd-pleasing blend of comedy and dance. However, the same amalgam of riotous comedy and elaborate dance numbers remains. Everyone who buys a ticket to this show gets a free 90-day subscription to the Pay-TV channel BroadwayHD. 7:30 p.m. showtime.

Hearts flutter on Tybee

That same night out on Tybee Island, the 200-capacity, single-screen historic Tybee Post Theater screens 1961's beloved musical take on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

"West Side Story" finds that play's plot about a young star-crossed couple transplanted to the low-rent tenement district of New York City, courtesy of director Robert Wise ("The Day the Earth Stood Still," "The Sound of Music"). Rival street gangs of Puerto Rican immigrants battle for respect while the sister of one gang's leader and the founder of the opposing gang can't help falling in love. Which, you know, complicates things. Packed with emotion and elaborate dance sequences that have withstood the test of time, it's a bona fide classic. 7 p.m. showtime, and admission includes a glass of wine and some Kleenex (for those of you with fluttering hearts).

A Thanksgiving turkey

And finally, on Nov. 22, the night before Thanksgiving, the Psychotronic Film Society's weekly series of underappreciated or simply downright peculiar movies continues at downtown coffeehouse The Sentient Bean with the annual "Turkey for Turkey Day," in which the organization showcases one of the most enjoyable duds ever made.

This year, it's a rare public screening of the infamous sci-fi/horror clunker "Octaman." This 1971 dud about a mutant beast that's half-man and half-octopus (yep, you read that correctly) is almost impossible not to snicker at.

Written by the same man responsible for the far better 1954 flick "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," and featuring the big-screen debut of future Oscar-winning special makeup effects master Rick Baker (the groundbreaking artist responsible for impressive work in such later films as "An American Werewolf in London," the original "Star Wars," "The Ring" and "Hellboy"), it's a throwback to the glory days of cheesy "guy in a rubber suit" monster movies that has earned a loyal following among "bad movie" fans worldwide. 8 p.m. showtime, with discounts on craft beer and organic wine during the film ("Octaman" is custom-made for intoxication).

Until our next issue, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don't forget to turn off that cell phone.

Jim Reed directs Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah. Email


What: "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn"

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16

Where: Regal Savannah Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St., and Cinemark, 106 Buckwalter Pkwy., Bluffton, S.C.

Cost: $16.05


What: "West Side Story"

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 16

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $10


What: The MET: Live in HD presents "The Exterminating Angel"

When: 12:55 p.m. Nov. 18

Where: Regal Savannah Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St., and Cinemark, 106 Buckwalter Pkwy., Bluffton, S.C.

Cost: $21.40-$25.68


What: Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: "The Taming of the Shrew"

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 19

Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $5-$15 or free with SCAD ID


What: National Theatre Live: "Follies"

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 21

Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $5-$15 or free with SCAD ID


What: "Octaman"

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 22

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $7