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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

  • Starring: Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Horror, Musical
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 116 min.

The Essentials: Musicals

This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: From the dark, gothic imagination of director Tim Burton comes Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a bloody tale of music, murder, melodrama, meat pies, and one man’s desperate desire for revenge. (Paramount Pictures)

Series Lineup:
Aug 5 & 6: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Aug. 12 & 13: My Fair Lady (1964)
Aug. 19 & 20: The Umbrella of Cherbourg (1964)
Aug. 26 & 27: Cabaret (1972)
Sept. 2 & 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

"This Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Depp is such a soulful presence he gives you a glimpse of this maniac's pain and pathos. Bonham Carter is extraordinary. She reinvents Mrs. Lovett from the inside out."
- David Ansen, NewsweeK
"Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme -- I am tempted to say evil -- genius. "
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Burton brings his signature visual style, and a pair of stock players for his stars, into this film adaptation, but he wisely follows Sondheim's lead, letting the music and spirit of the original piece show the way. "
- Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club
"The result is one of the odder and, certainly the most compelling of the short stream of Broadway-to-Hollywood transplants of recent years. The interweaving of the music and the visuals casts an unusual, restive spell of delight and unease. "
- Glenn Kenny,
"Teaming with Depp, his long-time alter ego, Burton makes Sweeney a smoldering dark pit of fury and hate that consumes itself. With his sturdy acting and surprisingly good voice, Depp is a Sweeney Todd for the ages."
- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter