Friday, July 17 - Saturday, July 18, 2015

35mm print

“4 stars! SUPERMAN is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and — you know what else? Wit. That surprised me more than anything: That this big-budget epic, which was half a decade making its way to the screen, would turn out to have an intelligent sense of humor about itself.

“After Clark Kent goes to work for the Daily Planet (and we meet old favorites Perry White, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen), there’s a nonstop series of disasters just for openers: Poor Lois finds herself dangling from one seatbelt after her helicopter crashes high atop the Daily Planet Building; Air Force One is struck by lightning and loses an engine; a thief climbs up a building using suction cups, and so on. Superman resolves his emergencies with, well, tact and good manners. He’s modest about his abilities. Snaps a salute to the president. Says he’s for ‘truth, justice, and the American Way.’ And, of course, falls in love with Lois Lane.

“She’s played by Margot Kidder, and their relationship is subtly, funnily wicked. She lives in a typical girl reporter’s apartment (you know, a penthouse high atop a Metropolis skyscraper), and Superman zooms down to offer an exclusive interview and a free flight over Metropolis. Supposing you’re a girl reporter, and Superman turns up. What would you ask him? So does she.

“Meanwhile, the evil Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) is planning an apocalyptic scheme to destroy the entire West Coast, plus Hackensack, New Jersey. He knows Superman’s weak point: the deadly substance Kryptonite. He also knows that Superman cannot see through lead (Lois Lane, alas, forgets). Luthor lives in a subterranean pad that’s a comic inspiration: A half-flooded, subterranean train station. Superman drills through the earth for a visit…

“The movie is, in fact, a triumph of imagination over both the difficulties of technology and the inhibitions of money. Superman wasn’t easy to bring to the screen, but the filmmakers kept at it until they had it right.” – Roger Ebert

  • Country USA
  • Rating PG
  • Year 1978
  • Running Time 142 minutes
  • Director Richard Donner