The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
The Loft Cinema in Tucson is a pillar of the American cinema community, one of those repertory film houses that have remained steadfast over the years in their devotion to showing classics on the big screen. This nonprofit organization, embraced by its city (it was voted Tucson Weekly readers’ favorite movie theater every year from 2003 to 2011), lovingly promotes movie culture with the long-running series Essential Cinema, for which one classic film is selected each month and shown free to the public. This time around, it’s Samuel Fuller’s perfect slab of pulp The Naked Kiss (check out the trailer below to whet your appetite for this naughty tale—“not for the squeamish”), screening on Sunday the 22nd and Tuesday the 24th. Other upcoming titles in the series include John Woo’s The Killer (May 20), Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad (June 10), and Leo McCarey’s Marx Brothers masterpiece Duck Soup (July 15).