|The 3rd Great BIG 70 MM Festival!
Super Technirama 70 to Ultra Panavision to Dimension 150 and more, the 70 mm. 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 70 mm. movies were MUCH
much larger films like THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and LAWRENCE OF
ARABIA. From 1955 to 1970 the Golden Age of 70 mm. filmmaking there were
nearly 60 Hollywood features shot in large format, with many more released in special
engagements as 35 mm.-to-70 mm. blow-ups (which still offered superior sound and image
quality to their 35 mm. counterparts.)
This semi-annual series is a very rare opportunity to experience 70
mm. as it was meant to be seen: on a big, beautiful screen, with booming, 6-track
multi-channel sound. Following the success of our 2000 Festival, were delighted to
present gorgeous new restorations of three seminal 70 mm. films: Richard Brooks LORD
JIM, in the first new print in decades, courtesy of Columbia Pictures; the Academy
Award winning PATTON and the sumptuous musical HELLO DOLLY!, courtesy of 20th
Century Fox; and an encore screening of Stanley Kubricks landmark science fiction
film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - !
There will be a special display of 70mm ads,
posters and other memorabilia in the lobby!
Thursday, September 26 7:30 PM
U.S. Premiere of Brand New Super Panavision 70
LORD JIM, 1965, Columbia Pictures, 154
min. Long out of circulation in 70 mm., this sweeping, atmospheric adaptation of Joseph
Conrads classic novel was aimed at recapturing the magic of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA,
pairing actor Peter OToole with a gifted director in Richard Brooks
(IN COLD BLOOD, THE PROFESSIONALS) and prestigious literary material. OToole is
perfectly cast as an idealistic sailor who is branded a coward for abandoning an
apparently-sinking ship during a storm then given a chance to redeem his conscience
and his soul by aiding in a native revolution in the South Pacific jungle. Equally
mesmerizing are Eli Wallach as a sadistic warlord, James Mason as an
avaricious mercenary and Daliah Lavi as a courageous native girl. With Paul Lukas,
Friday, September 27 7:30 PM
Restored Dimension 150 Print!!
PATTON, 1970, 20th Century Fox,
169 min. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. "No dumb bastard ever won a war by dying for his
country," growls George C. Scott in the jawdropping opening monologue to
PATTON, a war epic that manages to capture the tragic human sacrifice, the bullying
megalomania and the patriotic glory of battle, all encapsulated in the incredibly complex
and contradictory character of General George S. Patton. Winner of seven Academy Awards,
including Best Picture, Actor, Director and Screenplay (by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund
Saturday, September 28 5:00 PM
Encore Screening -- Super Panavision 70 Print!!
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, 1968,
Warner Bros., 139 min. Director Stanley Kubricks literally mindblowing
meditation on the dangers (and wonders) of technology, the limitless vistas of space, and
the future of the human race itself. But if you think youve seen "2001",
think again until recently, the film was only available in a 35mm version that
reduced Kubricks visuals to a pale shadow of their true glory. If you missed our
2-week re-release of the film last December, this is another opportunity to see one of the
essential cinema experiences on the giant screen at the Egyptian, in truly psychedelic
6-track stereo sound!! With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood.
Saturday, September 28 8:15 PM
Brand New Todd-AO 70 mm. Print!!
HELLO DOLLY!, 1969, 20th
Century Fox, 146 min. Irresistible film adaptation of one of Jerry Hermans finest
musicals, featuring the fabulous Barbra Streisand in a kick-out-the-jams
performance as matchmaker Dolly Levi, furiously working to make marriages while trying to
snare reluctant bachelor Walter Matthau for herself. Staged with gusto by dancing
legend turned director Gene Kelly, and featuring a wonderful supporting cast
including Tommy Tune, Michael Crawford and jazz legend Louis Armstrong, whose version of
the title song is worth the price of admission alone!