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The Projectionist (1971)

GP  -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  17 January 1971 (USA)
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A projectionist bored with his everyday life begins fantasizing about his being one of the superheroes he sees in the movies he shows.

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Projectionist / Captain Flash
Ina Balin ...
The Girl
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Renaldi / The Bat
Jára Kohout ...
Candy Man / Scientist
Harry Hurwitz ...
Friendly Usher
Mike Gentry ...
Usher / Henchman (as Michael Gentry)
Lucky Kargo ...
Usher / Henchman
David Holliday ...
Fat Man / Bat's Henchman
Sam Stewart ...
Usher / Henchman
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Usher / Henchman
Robert Lee ...
Usher / Henchman
Stephen Philips ...
Minister
Morocco ...
Belly Dancer
Clara Rosenthal ...
Crazy Lady
Jacqueline Glenn ...
Nude on Bearskin
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A projectionist working in a New York City cinema loves the "movie" aspect of his job - he is often doing impersonations of his favorite movie stars in scenes from his favorite movies, and he has movie posters plastered all over his bedroom walls - but he hates his dictatorial boss, Renaldi, who has strict and often unreasonable rules in how he runs the establishment. The projectionist is basically a solitary man, partly due to the nature of his work. As such, he has much time to think about his favorite movies. Sometimes, he fantasizes that he is a character in a movie, a super hero named Captain Flash. In these fantasies, he references many of the movies that he has seen. But the two constants in the fantasies are Captain Flash's battles against his arch enemy, the Bat (who resembles Renaldi), who is portrayed as someone who wants to take over the world much like Adolf Hitler, and Captain Flash saving "the girl", who resembles a real life girl the projectionist admires from afar. Written by Huggo

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Film debut of Rodney Dangerfield. See more »

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just not that entertaining
25 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Odd little movie about a dumpy projectionist who wanders around not doing much but fantasizing about movies, imagining himself as a superhero and making up stories for friends about his love life. The film is predominately film clips strung together as rather uninteresting collages.

I've seen this movie described as one you have to love if you're a film buff. Well, I'm a film buff, and I recognized tons of the clips, and I found the movie quite tedious. The film collages seemed pointless and rather pretentious (especially when you start getting a lot of Hitler footage). The superhero section aims to be a comedic silent take of old movie serials, but the physical humor invariably falls flat.

I don't see this movie as something for film buffs. I see it as something for people who like somewhat arty films that reference movies, which is something else altogether.


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