The original Superman movie has been a fan favorite since it first flew into cinemas in December 1978. LIFF presents a special 40th anniversary screening of Richard Donner’s superhero epic in the wonderful concert hall setting of Leeds Town Hall, perfect for that rousing John Williams score. ‘Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- you know what else? Wit.’ (Roger Ebert, 1978).

'I loved doing Superman, but it was tough. You're right, because we did it with Band-Aids and bailing wire, you know? It took us almost a year to have a shot where everybody applauded and cried when we saw Christopher fly for the first time in the Fortress of Solitude. We had tried front-projection shots. We had rear-projection shots—and, with those, the wires would always jiggle and weave, the tracks would never be right, and the body wouldn't hold up, or the cape would look wrong. Then, one day, it was 100-percent perfect, and we went berserk.' Richard Donner, Director.