[intro-text size=”25px”]Twice a month, Cleveland Cinemas plays host to the Late Shift Series, a collection of classic and beloved films that have achieved cult status among fanatic cinephiles. Teaming up with Melt Bar & Grilled, the Cedar Lee and Capitol theaters bring us the chance to watch our favorite flicks up on the big screen in all of their intended glory.[/intro-text]
This weekend…your senses will never be the same.
Screening at 11:59PM on Saturday night at the Capitol Theater is the epic 1975 musical masterpiece Tommy. From the minds of legendary British band The Who, based on their 1969 rock opera album of the same name, Tommy sings the sprawling story of the titular Tommy, who after a traumatic incident in his youth is stuck in a mental state rendering him deaf, dumb and blind. When it turns out that Tommy is also a pinball wizard despite his limited senses, he finds himself in the center of an cultural frenzy that.
If The Who’s music or such an outrageous plot isn’t enough of a draw, Tommy is worth checking out for the total star-studded cast. Tommy himself is played by The Who lead singer Roger Daltrey, with the rest of the band (Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon) featured as well, but they aren’t the only music legends on parade; keep your eyes peeled for icons Elton John, Tina Turner, and Eric Clapton in some interesting bit parts. The film also features notable actors such as Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, and the always entertaining Jack Nicholson as Tommy’s songful medical specialist.
While the story matter is occasionally silly and/or profound, Tommy is great for being a true musical from start to finish. Playing out like a two hour music video, there is no dialogue, only song- and amazingly outlandish, accentuated performances from the cast. Mixed with director Ken Russell’s notoriously obscure approach to cinema, Tommy is a non-stop roller-coaster of sound and vision, both poetic and psychedelic in the most fun, unique way possible. The film screams 1970’s, and is perfect viewing for an (acid) trip down memory lane, but even forty years after its release, Tommy is a timeless, impactful work of art with a spiritual effect that spans generations.
If you’re in the mood for a melodic retro romp, go expand your mind this Saturday and check out Tommy at the