A ‘Clifford’ Movie Reunion Martin Short Is Happening

Martin Short in Clifford.
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What if we told you that in just a few weeks, you can see screenings of the 1994 cult-comedy classic. Clifford in Los Angeles, then watch Martin Short, Richard Kind, director Paul Flaherty, and other special guests talk about it afterward and get recognized. Clifford superfan Tom Scharpling serving as moderator? That would be pretty cool, right? You’d probably freak out like a 10-year-old boy, yes?

Well, guess what? Film Vulture honored in 2021 by giving it a long, in-depth, Nic Cage–cameo–presenting an oral history that is very worthy now won two awards at Dynasty Typewriter in LA on Saturday, December 17, thanks to the oral history. writer Rob Turbovsky and the new film-screening nonprofit Hollywood Entertainment. Here are all the details for the event, titled “A Short Night With Clifford“:

On December 17th, join us for our first major retrospective Clifford‘s genesis and legacy. In-person, star Martin Short, co-star Richard Kind, director Paul Flaherty, and to-be-announced special guests will examine the film’s hard-won battle into the comedy pantheon through cable screenings, word-of-mouth, and its legion of evangelists well -known from Elizabeth Taylor to Nicolas Cage. Several fans (including Tom Scharpling) will appear in person to discuss the film’s influence and ecstasy.

In 1994, Clifford, the wild and brilliant comedy about a very poor 10-year-old played by the then-40-year-old Martin Short, was released to critical and commercial indifference. It has become one of the definitive cult comedies of its era. To quote noted Clifford lover David Letterman, “This is not an ordinary movie … I don’t know what they were thinking when they made it. This is a piece of wondering now.

Thanks to Rob Turbovsky and media sponsor Vulture.

Hollywood Entertainment was created to entertain and educate filmgoers by screening and preserving eclectic, underseen, non-commercial, rare, and socially useful films and film-related artifacts.

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Our evolution into Hollywood Entertainment and our 501(c)(3) status reflect our ambition to refine adventurous programming and create fun, exciting, and thrilling shows that push the boundaries of repertory cinema in Los Angeles and around the world.

Tickets for the show are on sale now, so scoop them up while they last. In the meantime, you can make time go faster by looking back at our oral history, which can show the best summary of the movie by David Letterman: “You think you’re going to see an ordinary movie, because it’s like an ordinary movie. – the colors are ordinary, bright, dry. It’s got people you know and understand who are talented and funny and should be in the movie. Then the next one Clifford began.” No word yet if Steffen will appear on the show, but you never know.


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