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<< September 13 - 20, 2007 >>>

Seeing The Big Picture: 70 MM

 


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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!

 

 

70mm, like many other motion picture formats such as Cinemascope and Cinerama in the 1950’s, was created as a way of prying folks away from those insidious small screen "idiot boxes" (i.e., televisions) that were starting to deplete the industry’s box office thunder. From Super Technirama 70 to Ultra Panavision to Dimension 150 and more, the 70mm large-screen format promised – and delivered – a Barnum-esque world of spectacular sights and 6-track sounds. If the movies were always larger-than-life, then 70mm movies were MUCH much larger! From 1955 to 1970 – the Golden Age of 70mm Filmmaking – there were nearly 60 Hollywood features shot in large format, with many more released in special engagements as 35mm-to-70mm blow-ups (which still offered superior sound and image quality to their 35mm counterparts). Join us for some old favorites like BARAKA, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY as well as films rarely screened in 70mm such as PINK FLOYD – THE WALL and THE WILD BUNCH.

 

 

 

Thursday, September 13 – 7:30 PM

70 mm Print!

PINK FLOYD – THE WALL, 1982, Warner Bros., 99 min. Director Alan Parker's vivid film interpretation of the British rock combo's classic concept album THE WALL fuses curious fantasy with dark, tragic drama on an epic scale. It tells  the story of anti-hero Pink, beaten down by life from his earliest childhood days in WWII Britain. Despite his rise to rock star fame, he continues to build a 'wall' around himself. The film makes innovative use of sets, costumes, and special effects, imbuing the movie with a bizarre surrealism worthy of Luis Bu˝uel and Salvador Dali. Both disturbing and bedazzling, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL is a must-see film for any music lover. Do not miss this unique screening in 70 mm, the print is a bit faded though with the full 5-across magnetic stereo sound, the experience is amazing! With Bob Geldof, Bob Hoskins.

 

 

Friday, September 14 – 7:30 PM

70 mm Print!

BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. If you have never seen BARAKA, one of the Cinematheque’s favorite movies, this is another chance to experience one of the most visually awesome films ever made. Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe (shot in 24 countries on 5 continents), from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYANNISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70 mm. images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. "Smashingly edited, superbly scored … speaks volumes about the planet without uttering a single word." – Suzan Ayscough, Variety

 

 

 

Saturday, September 15 – 7:30 PM

70 mm Print!

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. Peter O’Toole was catapulted to stardom as the tortured Man Who Would Not Be King, T. E. Lawrence, who helped the Arabs revolt against European and Ottoman hegemony. Director David Lean’s epic is a timeless masterpiece – as close to perfect as a film can get. Featuring one of the finest casts in any motion picture: Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness as Prince Faisal. Director of Photography Freddie Young’s 70mm photography is rightly considered to be a work of genius, matched by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson’s screenplay, Maurice Jarre’s stirring score and John Box’s production design. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. "The word ''epic'' in recent years has become synonymous with ''big budget B picture.'' What you realize watching LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is that the word ''epic'' refers not to the cost or the elaborate production, but to the size of the ideas and vision." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

 

Sunday, September 16 – 7:30 PM

70 mm Print!

THE WILD BUNCH, 1969, Warner Bros., 145 min. Saddle up for a screening of director Sam Peckinpah’s magnificent, ultra-violent Western, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates and Jaime Sanchez as a band of doomed outlaws trying to outrun history. Exceedingly controversial upon its initial release, THE WILD BUNCH forever changed the way violence was depicted and perceived in the movies. And it is even more startling in its bigger-than-life 70mm incarnation. Co-starring a tough guys’ who’s who of western greats, including Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins and Strother Martin.

 

 

Thursday, September 20 – 7:30 PM

70 mm Print!

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, 1968, Warner Bros., 139 min. Director Stanley Kubrick’s literally mindblowing meditation on the dangers (and wonders) of technology, the limitless vistas of space, and the future of the human race itself is one of one the Cinematheque’s most requested movie titles. This is another opportunity to see one of the essential cinema experiences on the giant screen, in truly psychedelic 6-track stereo sound! With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood.