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Feb 27, 2012

PSA: "The Godfather" Returns to the Big Screen in Israel (1972 Oscar winner for Best Picture)

There used to be two big complaints about seeing movies in Israel. First, they opened here much later than they did in the States. Second, they have an intermission, as if the actors needed a break.

Recently, the first complaint has become less of an issue, as the delay between the American release of a film and the Israeli release has shrunk, if not vanished. The intermission, inexplicably, remains.

In a fit of nostalgia, two American olim are arranging to bring a movie to an Israeli theater a bit later than it was first released. 40 years, to be exact.

On Thursday night, March 15, 2012, "The Godfather" (part I) will be playing at Cinema City in Rishon L'Tzion. The screening is open to the public, but seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. To reserve seats or for more information, emailgodfather40th@gmail.com. There is a 50 shekel charge per seat.

To compensate for the long-delayed release, there will be no intermission.

5 comments:

  1. There used to be two big complaints about seeing movies in Israel. First, they opened here much later than they did in the States. Second, they have an intermission, as if the actors needed a break.

    When I was a student at HU in the '60s, and I used to go to the old Edison movie house in Yerushalayim, it was the audience who definitely needed an intermission.

    First, there were personal matters to attend to. After that any self-respecting ירושלמי movie goer would restock on beigelach, Tassas (who remembers that these days) and an ice cream "sendwich".

    Thus - and only thus - were we fortified to withstand the rigors of the second half! Then, of course, came the near pitched battle to get a place on the bus back to מעונות הסטודנטים בהר הצופים.

    Ah, happy days!

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  2. There are two reasons for the intermission.
    1) Remember that films replaced live plays as the dominant form of entertainment so they originally did lots of things live plays did like have intermissions in order to simulate the original experience.
    2) They needed to change the reels!

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  3. The Jews love the Godfather. I was once in a supermarket in Willamsburgh and I heard the theme from it. Turns out it was a chusid's ringtone. v

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  4. This is an awesome idea. Where can I get tickets?

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  5. My son and I can do nearly all of Godfather I and II as a responsive reading. We are willing to perform this for a live audience for a small fee. For a higher fee, we can also *not* perform it.

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