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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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The marquee of the theatre "The Projectionist" works at lists the film itself as the film that is playing . . . in other words, the film "Now Showing" is indeed the film "Now Showing". See more »

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References They Made Me a Criminal (1939) See more »

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He That Loves
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Music by W. Merrick Farran
KPM Music Ltd
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Funny Like a Fungus
16 May 2013 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Chuck McCann, and his dreary bowl haircut, made a career out of showing up at every Playboy Club event, Budweiser commercial, and any other D-List event where he could show up to pretend he still had a career. If Chuck McCann was ever funny, nobody was able to document that moment.

In The Projectionist, Chuck McCann plays himself, a lumbering goofball. When he is working as a projectionist, he is usually reading comic books, and daydreaming. He does a terrible job keeping the reels synchronized at the movie theater. While he is daydreaming, he is doing a horrible job as Captain Flash. There is nothing funny about Captain Flash, or Chuck McCann, and there is nothing funny or humorous about this movie.

It is just a tedius exercise of splicing together old footage of black and white scenes from 1940s gangster films, with new scenes of the insipid Captain Flash trying to get involved in old 1940s scenes. There is no dialogue, and the new scenes and the old scenes have totally different shades of black and white. It just doesn't work at any level.

The Projectionist gives the audience a view into Chuck McCann's brain, and it is about as deep as his bowl haircut. This film was probably shot in a couple of days at most. The only claim to fame this movie has, is that Rodney Dangerfield was in it. He needed the money!!


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