Cas­tro The­atre to present a full day of In­di­ana Jones

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - — G. Allen John­son

The In­di­ana Jones films were con­ceived by pro­ducer Ge­orge Lu­cas and direc­tor Steven Spiel­berg as trib­utes to the movie se­ri­als they saw as chil­dren at Satur­day mati­nees. So the Cas­tro’s all-day marathon of the 1980s tril­ogy on Sun­day, Oct. 14, could be con­strued as ful­fill­ing the film­mak­ers’ orig­i­nal in­ten­tions. Start with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) — per­haps the most per­fect ac­tion film ever made, an in-har­mony col­lab­o­ra­tion of strong script, dy­namic char­ac­ters, slam-bang stunt work and mes­mer­iz­ing im­ages.

Then move on to the black sheep of the fam­ily, “In­di­ana Jones and the Tem­ple of Doom” (1984), much ma­ligned by crit­ics but cru­cial to Jones’ char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment (read my full-throated de­fense of the film from 2014).

Fin­ish it off with the dream pair­ing of Ford and Sean Con­nery in “In­di­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade” (1989), which over­com­pen­sated for the dark­ness of “Doom” by be­ing a bit too light, but is solid and win­ning nonethe­less.

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