The Frida Cinema celebrates the life and career of actress Margot Kidder (Black Christmas, Sisters, The Amityville Horror) with the role that made her a pop icon – spunky reporter Lois Lane in the original big-screen Superman series – with special presentations of 1980’s Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut!
Of course Kidder also starred in the classic 1978 film, but we are excited to present the film’s beloved sequel in the version that Kidder herself fought for, an act of defiance that reportedly saw her role in subsequent Superman films cut: the 2006 re-edited director’s cut, which features a significant amount of lost footage shot by the film’s original director, Richard Donner, before he was replaced by Richard Lester.
When Kryptonian villain General Zod (Terence Stamp) and fellow vinyl-clad villains Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Non (Jack O’Halloran) are inadvertently freed from their outer-space imprisonment, they descend upon Earth with destructive intentions. As bad timing would have it, Superman (Christopher Reeve) has just decided to renounce his superpowers so that he can devote himself to his new love, Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). Unlike many “special edition” and “director’s cut” film versions released over the years, The Richard Donner Cut is a largely different film serving as an alternative version of the theatrical film, and is an attempt to closely follow its original script. It features its original opening and ending, alternative takes and camera angles, and deleted scenes featuring Marlon Brando, whose character Jor-El was largely replaced by Susannah York’s Lara in the theatrical release.
Wednesday, June 20 – 12pm, 2:30pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm
Thursday, June 21 – 12pm, 2:30pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm