BY JOE MARVILLI
Starting this Friday, the Museum of Moving Image will screen some of the most famous entries from one of film’s most fantastical genres.
The Astoria museum will focus on science fiction for its latest “See It Big!” series, which offers attendees the chance to see classic movies on the big screen. Kicking off with “Alien” on April 18 and continuing through July, these films will take audiences from outer space to dystopian futures and beyond.
“Those are movies where a whole different world is created. They’re movies that work great on the big screen,” David Schwartz, MOMI’s chief curator, said.
It all begins on April 18 at 7 p.m. with one of the most famous sci-fi horror films of all time. Ridley Scott’s “Alien” stars Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, a member of a crew of astronauts whose spaceship is invaded by a vicious creature. Ripley earned critical acclaim as one of the first female protagonists in science fiction.
“It’s a great audience movie that combines horror and science fiction,” Schwartz said.
On April 20, MOMI will head back to the mid-1960s with “Alphaville.” Directed by Jena-Luc Godard, this film follows a private eye who is tasked with killing a supercomputer. The screening starts at 6:30 p.m.
One of the odder films in this series is “Altered States,” directed by Ken Russell. This abstract movie follows a professor who experiences psychological transformations that spread into physical changes. This film will air on April 25 at 7 p.m.
One day later, at 7 p.m., the museum will show Nicolas Roeg’s cult classic, “The Man Who Fell To Earth.” It stars David Bowie as an alien who arrives on Earth.
Also screening is “THX 1138,” the debut by George Lucas. Completely different in tone from “Star Wars,” this movie takes place in a police state where the population is kept under control with drugs. You can see it on May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
More films will be put on the schedule for June and July, including “2001: A Space Odyssey.” To keep up with the latest news, call (718) 784-0077 or visit www.movingimage.us. MOMI is located at 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.
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