Great movies not only survive multiple viewings, they sometimes require it. Clark Carlton, for example, has seen "Schindler's List" nearly 400 times.
Sure, he loves the movie, but as an employee of Lucasfilm's THX Theatre Alignment Program, which monitors theater sound and print quality for movie distributors, Carlton has performed quality checks on films, great and abominable, since the program began in 1984. When he spots a sub-par print, he notifies the distributor, which then sends a replacement reel to the theater.
Carlton, one of the company's eight reviewers, has suffered through dozens of showings of dozens of clunkers, but says that films like "Schindler," and the upcoming Merchant-Ivory effort "Jefferson in Paris," more than make up for dogs like . . . well, he doesn't want to offend any Lucasfilm customers.
Because distributors want their films to be checked in every country in which they're shown, his job takes him all over the world. Carlton watched "Schindler" 30 times at the Russian National Film Archive outside Moscow. And next month, he's off to Bombay to view even more "Schindler," this time with Hindi subtitles.
"After that," says Carlton, a UCLA film school grad who's written a screenplay that's going into production, "I'll be ready to start watching my own movies."