Foreign Films: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

Hello everybody! My name is Matt Pearson and I am a new intern at The Queen Theatre. My first experience at The Queen Theater is when I saw the 1971 Oscar Winning film The French Connection last semester. My longtime best friend from my hometown, Round Rock, TX, was coming to visit and I wanted to do something unique to Bryan/College Station. Much of our friendship revolves around sharing art with each other and discussing it. He is mostly in to design and music production and my main interest is film. While looking for things to do I discovered the Queen Theater and was immediately sold. So, we went to RX pizza and then the movie and it was a memorable experience.

 After the film was over, I noticed our conversation was not geared as much towards the merits of the film, but rather the merits of the theater. For me, like many others, the movie theater can be a sacred place and being in this classic house was thrilling; the history just jumps off the walls and there is something immensely satisfying about sitting in a balcony at the theater the way people used to.

 I was listening to the film podcast Critically Acclaimed this week and they were discussing how new research is coming out that shows how streaming is affecting the way we intake content. Because so many films are available at the click of a button, watching movies is becoming an increasingly passive activity and people are not retaining what they saw as well. Now I, a Humble Unpaid Intern, am not trying to take on the streaming industry. I think there are actually a lot of upsides to streaming, but I also think classic and arthouse films deserve the respect of an immersive theater experience. Watching something at home on your computer is not the same experience as seeing it on the big screen.

 As I am a relatively new cinephile, I get the constant elation of viewing amazing classics for the first time pretty often. A couple months ago, one of those films was The Young Girls of Rochefort. It is a delightfully upbeat 1967 French musical that contains vibrant and in sync costume and set design, wonderful choreography, and an opportunity to watch Gene Kelly exist outside the Hollywood system. As much as I loved the movie there is no question that it demands a more immersive experience. It moves almost like a stage play and the setting is intimate. Watching it a theater would have allowed me to exist in the town of Rochefort in a way that watching it in bed did not.

 You now have the opportunity to have this exact experience at The Queen on September 25th. We hope you will join us for this and the rest of our fun October lineup!

 Let us know, what is a classic film that you love, but wish you could have seen on the big screen?

 - Matt Pearson, Humble Unpaid Intern