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Upcoming Cinema Overdrive, Cool Classics, & Golden Age features at the Colony

Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort in "Harold and Maude" (1971)
Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort in "Harold and Maude" (1971)
Paramount Pictures

It’s time, once again, to check out coming attractions at the Colony Theater in Raleigh in their revival series Cinema Overdrive, Cool Classics, and their new series Golden Age, which kicked off last month with Blake Edward’s beloved 1961 rom com “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

First up, Cool Classics presents one of my all-time favorites: Hal Ashby’s “Harold and Maude” (1971), which is a very different kind of rom com, on Wednesday night (February the 19th). A young Bud Cort courts a very old Ruth Gordon in the counter-culture favorite that features a score of songs by Cat Stevens that you’ll be singing long after the film has ended.

Next month’s Cool Classic selection is another piece of seminal ‘70s cinema: Robert Altman’s “Nashville” (1975), on March 19th. An eclectic cast, including Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin, Henry Gibson, Shelly DuVall, Ned Beatty, and Ronee Blakley, come together during a Republican convention in the tuneful Tennessee city in the film that noted critic Pauline Kael called “the funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen.”

The last Cool Classic scheduled for now is Woo-ping Yuen’s 1978 martial arts action comedy “Drunken Master,” starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee, on April 16th. All Cool Classics screenings are $5.00, and start at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday night, February 26th, Cinema Overdrive is screening Paul Bartel’s 1982 cult classic “Eating Raoul” (rescheduled from Feb. 12th because of the snow storm). Starring Bartel and Mary Woronov, who previously appeared together in the 1979 punk rock Ramones comedy “Rock ‘N Roll High School,” star as a boring couple (aptly named the Blands) who decide to kill Los Angeles swingers in order to steal their money with the help of Robert Beltran as Raoul.

Following that will be John Frankenheimer’s 1966 thriller “Seconds,” starring Rock Hudson, on March 12th. April 9th brings Dario Argento’s 1971 Italian Giallo film “Four Flies on Grey Velvet,” and Enzo G. Castellari’s 1976 Western “Keoma” is the final Cinema Overdrive feature scheduled for now, set for May 7th. All CO screenings are at 8:00 p.m., and are $5.00.

The newest Colony Theater series, Golden Age, has a colossal classic of a Western for its second screening on March 5th: John Ford’s “The Searchers” (1956), starring John Wayne. Their third feature will be Robert Wise’s mighty 1965 musical “The Sound of Music,” starring Julie Andrews, on April 2nd.

All Golden Age screenings are $5.00, and start at 7:30 p.m.

So mark your calendars, Raleigh area film fans, and go to for more information.

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