|70 MM Nights
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Like many of our American Cinematheque patrons, the spectacle of
watching a 70mm film on the big, big screen is one of our very favorite things. There is
something about the grandeur, the monumental sweep of events as they unfold with this
larger gauge format that tends to enthrall even the most jaded audience member. Of course,
there have been mediocre movies filmed and presented in 70mm. Consequently, were not
just talking about any old motion picture - were talking about classics. If you are
longing for that hypnotically fascinating sensation of being riveted to the silver screen,
not just by the wonder of the presentation, but by the greatness of the film itself,
please join us for three nights featuring three very different 70mm classics LORD
JIM, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and CLEOPATRA.
Thursday, November 30 7:30 PM
LORD JIM, 1965, Sony Repertory, 154 min.
This vast, 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) 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. This superb
restoration of the film by Columbia Pictures has resulted in one of the sharpest, most
eye-popping 70 mm. prints weve seen. With Paul Lukas, Curt Jurgens.
Friday, December 1 7:30 PM
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, 20th Century Fox, 174 min. For many, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the
ultimate 70 mm. experience, from the first silent, sweeping shots of the Austrian Alps, to
Julie Andrews suddenly bursting into song like a force of nature. An Oscar-winner
for Best Picture and Robert Wises flawless direction, this story of The Trapp
Family Singers is a reason, a virtual commandment to go see movies on the Big
Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Marni Nixon and
Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest Lehman.
Saturday, December 2 7:30 PM
Brand New Restored 70mm Print!
CLEOPATRA, 1963, 20th Century
Fox, 248 min. Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) attempts to secure her power as Queen of
Egypt by charming Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and her lover Mark Antony (Richard
Burton). But despite her efforts, Egypt is ultimately integrated into the Roman
Empire. Directed and co-written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, this epic historical drama
boasts spectacular sets and costumes that simply have to be seen in 70mm in this latest
restoration from 20th Century Fox. Cleopatra's spectacular entry into Rome with
her golden Sphinx pulled by thousands is a true cinematic moment!!