Midnight Show and “Super Fly” (1972)

Technically, it was at twelve-thirty this morning that my beau and I stepped out on the town. The local doughnut shop was deserted, but that wasn’t our destination anyway.  It just made an interesting photograph:

Earlier yesterday, we drove into town to buy advance tickets to a movie. We were hedging our bets that it would be crowded, and we didn’t want to be left out of seeing the movie. We spent the rest of our Friday doing the usual, except we did toss in a short nap, so we could be fresh during the twelve-thirty a.m. show.

At a few minutes after midnight, we turned in our tickets, bought a stale bag of popcorn and a couple of drinks, then walked to the theater where the movie was to be shown. There were the usual advertisements and trivia questions on the silver screen, a few coming attractions trailers, then the lights started to dim. I turned around, and this is what I saw:

The entire theater was empty, except for my beau and I. Can you beat that?

The lights completely went out, and the show began:

Yes, we saw a special showing of the 1972 version of “Superfly”!

When this movie originally came out, I was too young to be able to see it, and my beau was overseas in the military. So—this was our first time watching it. What struck me—or reminded me—is how cool people dressed back then, with the natty suits, spiffy hats (reminded me of the old men’s store we went to last week!), the great ‘fros and ‘dos, and the cars! That was a time when I could tell the difference between models. Curtis Mayfield was in it; great stuff.

There were beer cans with the old pull off tabs. A box of Sunshine® Teeny Pretzels. Wide bellbottoms. Long, long coats. And the priceless line, “You want to give up all this? An eight-track player and a color TV in every room?”

Those were the days.

Another couple of things that struck me about his movie was the cursing. There was less cursing than in the newer movies of today. Plus, there was an intimate scene or two that was tame, tame, tame by today’s standards, too. The basic story of “Superfly” revolved around drug dealing, which I didn’t know until I saw it.

What’s funny is that this past February, my beau and I spent a week at home digging up old Blaxploitation films via YouTube. We saw some of the best, worst, and whackiest ones. It was an education. I mentioned to my beau that I wished they would bring some of these old films to the show so people could watch them on the big silver screen. And look at what we watched this morning!

I also read that a new “Superfly” movie is out, and the synopsis tells me the new film nothing like the original. There are too many differences to infer that it’s remake. It sounds more like a new generation story.  I’d name it, “Son of Superfly”.  Ha ha.

So, all in all, we saw the special showing of the 1972 “Superfly”, we had the theater to ourselves, and all for a whopping $12 and an abbreviated amount of sleep.

It was well worth it, and we’d do it again.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

 

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2 Comments on “Midnight Show and “Super Fly” (1972)

  1. I’m glad we had a private showing. It allowed me to sing along with Curtis Mayfield. “I’m your mother, I’m your daddy, I’m that n-word in the alley, I’m your pusher man”…………..

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