FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 16, 2000
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115
E-mail: amcin@msn.com
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE'S 70 MM FILM FESTIVAL 200 FEATURES THE EXCLUSIVE
FAREWELL ENGAGEMENT OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA AND AN ULTRA-RARE SCREENING OF THE
ONLY EXISTING 70MM PRINT OF BEN-HUR

November 24 - December 10, 2000

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents BLOW YOUR MIND: THE GREAT BIG
70 MM FESTIVAL, November 24 - December 10, 2000. This series is a 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 last year's Festival, we've searched archives around the U.S. and
worldwide for 70 mm. prints - including the only existing copies of BEN-HUR
(shipped in from Australia!), THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES
(with director Ken Annakin in-person!) and NIGHTS & DAYS - and have brought
back several of the sold-out favorites from last year, including BARAKA and
the soon-to-be-withdrawn LAWRENCE OF ARABIA! From 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 BEN-HUR, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80
DAYS, 2001 - A SPACE ODYSSEY and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. All guests subject to
their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E.
Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between
Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.
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.)

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA FAREWELL ENGAGEMENT: Nov. 24-26, 2000
The Friday, November 24th program begins at 8:00 PM with a screening of a
Panavision 70 mm Print of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Columbia, 216 min. This
is your last chance to see LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in 70 mm. before Columbia Pictures withdraws it from distribution (to
work on the print), so don't miss it! The beautiful, near-godlike Peter O'
Toole stars as the tortured, Man Who Would Not Be King in director David
Lean's absolute masterpiece - as close to perfect as a film can get.
Co-starring Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy and Omar Sharif.
The film repeats on Saturday, November 25th at 5:00 PM and 9:15 PM and on
Sunday, November 26th at 5:00 PM.

Thursday, November 30, 2000
The Thursday, November 30th program begins at 8:00 PM with a screening of
the only existing 70 mm print of BEN-HUR, 1959, MGM (Warners), 212 min. We
scoured the globe for BEN-HUR, and located the only screenable 70 mm. print
of the film in Australia - this is without a doubt your only chance to see
director William Wyler's magnificent epic in 70 mm. for many years to come.
Boyhood comrades Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd grow up to be fierce
enemies in the time of Christ. The grueling chariot race is worth the
price of admission alone. Winner of 11 Oscars including Best Picture. This
film originally premiered at the Egyptian! Special Ticket Price of $10.00
General, $7.00 Members for BEN-HUR.

Friday, December 1, 2000
The Friday, December 1st program begins at 8:00 PM with a repeat screening
of the only existing 70 mm print of BEN-HUR, 1959, MGM (Warners), 212 min.
{see Nov. 30th for details.]

Saturday, December 2, 2000
The Saturday, December 2nd program begins at 6:00 PM with a screening of the
only surviving Todd AO 70 mm. print of THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING
MACHINES (1965, 20th Century Fox, 132 min). Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles,
Robert Morley, James Fox and the ever-delightful Terry-Thomas star as a
group of lovable crack-pot aviators, inventors & villains competing to win a
London to Paris air race in 1910, in director Ken Annakin's combination of
epic adventure and slapstick comedy. We've brought in the only surviving 70
mm. print of the film from England, just for this screening. Director Ken
Annakin will appear in-person for discussion after the film.
The Saturday, December 2nd program continues at 9:00 PM with TWINKLE,
TWINKLE, KILLER KANE aka THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (1980, Warner Bros. 118
min). Hilarious, thrilling and all-together amazing fusion of horror film,
ultra-black comedy and religious allegory, directed and written by THE
EXORCIST author William Peter Blatty. Stacy Keach stars as the head
psychiatrist assigned to straighten out the inmates in a decaying castle
taken over the U.S. military. We didn't even know this existed in 70 mm.,
so don't miss this one!

Sunday, December 3, 2000
The Sunday, December 3rd program begins at 5:00 PM with MY FAIR LADY (1964,
Hollywood Classics, 170 min), screening in Super Panavision 70. Domineering
speech-expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison, in his finest performance)
transforms flower girl Eliza Doolittle (the never-lovelier Audrey Hepburn)
into a beautiful, swan-like lady, in director George Cukor's sumptuous
adaptation of the Lerner & Loewe musical classic. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and
Actor. Co-starring Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde White and Jeremy Brett.
This film originally premiered at the Egyptian!

Friday, December 8, 2000
The Friday, December 8th program begins at 7:00 PM with BARAKA (1992,
Magidson Films, 96 min). One of the stand-out hits from last year's Fest is
back for a return engagement! Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath
of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe
from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke (who shot the earlier
KOYANNISQATSI.) Filmed 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. "Visionary,
shimmeringly beautiful . sheer gorgeousness in Todd AO 70 mm.!" - Kevin
Thomas, L.A. Times. Discussion following with producer Mark Magidson.
The Friday, December 8th program continues at 9:15 PM with TERMINATOR 2:
JUDGMENT DAY (1991, Columbia, 136 min). "A violent movie about world peace"
is how director James Cameron described this high-octane sequel to the
original TERMINATOR. Like his earlier ALIENS, T-2 is less a remake than a
re-imagining of the first film -- here, Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger is
an obsolete killer, sent back as guardian to Linda Hamilton and teenage son
Edward Furlong. The strangely-elegant morphing effects of the T-1000 are
dazzling -- but it's Cameron's uncanny blend of pop humor and visionary
sci-fi that make TERMINATOR 2 the ultimate in Future Shock.

Saturday, December 9, 2000
The Saturday, December 9th program begins at 5:00 PM with SILVERADO (1985,
Columbia, 132 min). Director Lawrence Kasdan's highly entertaining (and
sadly underrated) attempt to update the classic Western stars Kevin Costner,
Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn and Danny Glover as a band of mismatched, DIRTY
DOZEN type cowboys, gamblers and gunslingers who band together to save a
frontier town.
The Saturday, December 9th program continues at 8:15 PM with Bernardo
Bertolucci's THE LAST EMPEROR (1987, Columbia, 160 min). Ravishing,
Oscar-winning epic (shown here in the original, shorter version) of the life
of Pu Yi (John Lone), from 3-year old emperor of China to humble Peking
gardener. Literally a film about before - and after - the Revolution, LAST
EMPEROR is an elegiac swan-song to the end of one era, and the beginning of
another. Winner of 9 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director,
Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Art Direction.

Sunday, December 10, 2000
The Sunday, December 10th program begins at 5:00 PM with a screening of the
only existing 70 mm. print of NIGHTS AND DAYS (NOCE I DNIE) (1975, Poland,
284 min). Virtually unknown and unseen in the U.S., Polish director Jerzy
Antczak's masterpiece is a sweepingly emotional epic of five decades in the
life of an often-selfish but strong-willed woman (played by the simply
astounding Jadwiga Baranska) who is caught up in the terrible conflicts of
19th century Europe. Imagine DR. ZHIVAGO told from a woman's point of view,
revealed in a series of stunning flashbacks filled with fire and snow, women
whirling in lace gowns and bearded farmers wandering through wheat fields,
and you have some idea of the tremendous poetry of NIGHTS AND DAYS. "A film
of exquisite, often tumultuous beauty ... brings an inevitable and favorable
comparison to GONE WITH THE WIND." - Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times.

DIGITAL BLACK & WHITE PHOTO FILES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST 
If you would like artwork e-mailed to you please send an e-mail to
amcin@msn.com.

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS
RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS ON TAPE.
A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.
NO FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) IN OUR OFFICES. MOST FILMS ARE
AVAILABLE COMMERCIALLY AT LOCAL VIDEO STORES. PLEASE CALL FOR A LIST OF
TITLES ON VIDEO TAPE.

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO
323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT
NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS
WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.

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REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO
323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT
NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS
WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.
YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.
THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press
passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at
323.461.2020, ext. 115.

American Cinematheque, 1800 North Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA
90028
(tel) 323.466-FILM - (fax) 323.461.9737 On the web:
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